Cannexus – Indigenous Cultural Competence
55 Colonel By Drive Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2 Canada
Optional Pre-Conference Workshop – Full Day
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
In the post-Truth and Reconciliation Commission era, many Canadians are considering what reconciliation might mean to their sector and to their leadership. Indian residential schools have generated multiple impacts on Indigenous families and communities, and some impacts continue to resonate and challenge well being. Residential schools were one of the most significant impacts on Indigenous communities, but it was not the only negative impact. Much of the history of Canada’s development and relationship with Indigenous peoples is hidden, and the secrecy is a barrier to Canada’s reconciliation.
Many in education and community-serving agencies are also considering how to implement the TRC Calls to Action, including building cultural competence for Indigenous inclusion. Cultural competence can be defined as skills and capacities, as well as values and attitudes. This full-day workshop will take participants through an approach to cultural competence based on knowledge, skills, values and actions.
This workshop will include an overview of Indigenous Canada, cultural competence or capacity, history of Canada, resilience of Indigenous communities, and putting cultural competence into practice/praxis.
We will build on the experience of participants through dialogue and sharing of wise practices. Together we will create a safe space to consider a vision of reconciliation in Canada which builds on the contributions of all Canadians.