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Indigenous Inclusion Series

From Awareness to Action: Empowering Education
Embracing Indigenous Heritage

Introducing New Educational Series

Introducing our Indigenous Inclusion Series, a transformative educational journey designed to cultivate understanding and active engagement in Indigenous inclusion endeavours. This comprehensive program equips participants with valuable insights, strategies, and practical steps for acknowledging, incorporating, and engaging Indigenous perspectives within the workplace.

Focused on reconciliation, acknowledgment, and proactive involvement, this series empowers individuals to effectively integrate and engage Indigenous perspectives. By participating in this transformative journey, attendees gain invaluable knowledge and actionable strategies to foster a culture of inclusivity, understanding, and mutual respect.

Immerse Yourself in our Knowledge Series

Program Outline

This series consists of three courses designed to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to advance reconciliation and promote inclusivity within various contexts.

Indigenous Inclusion 1.0 | Reconciliation in Action

Description

As part of the recommendations laid out in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) report, this vital session offers employers and team members the opportunity to build solid relationships with Indigenous communities and Indigenous team members, thus harnessing the strength of an engaged workforce. We will help debunk some myths and give you access to data and information to help you build solid relationships with your local Indigenous community. You will also learn practical approaches to evaluate and improve your current strategy or to begin the development of your strategy.

Primary Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand Indigenous identities.

  • Bust myths about Indigenous peoples.

  • Understand the purpose of reconciliation.

  • Understand your role in reconciliation in the workplace.

  • Review two TRC Calls to Action around employment.

  • Discuss creating inclusive spaces in the workplace.

Agenda

  • Indigenous Terminology and Demographic Data

  • Myths and Misconceptions

  • TRC (Truth & Reconciliation Commission), Reconciliation and Decolonization

  • Leading Transformation

  • Practical Steps for an Inclusive Workforce

  • TRC Calls to Action 57 and 92

Upcoming Sessions

Indigenous Inclusion: Reconciliation in Action (APR24IIR05) — April 5, 2024 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern

Indigenous Inclusion 2.0 | Acknowledging, Incorporating & Engaging

Description

Building upon the foundations of Indigenous Inclusion 1.0, this session takes a deeper dive into acknowledging, incorporating, and engaging with Indigenous communities. Participants will have the opportunity to develop personalized land acknowledgment statements and receive valuable feedback. The session emphasizes integrating Indigenous and Western knowledge into daily practices, requiring intentional effort. It offers insights on incorporating Indigenous knowledge at work and in individual worldviews, with a focus on meaningful community engagement. Drawing from research and conversations with Elders and Knowledge Keepers across Canada, the session presents four engagement phases and provides guidance towards advocacy and allyship.

Primary Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the purpose and components of an effective land acknowledgment statement. 
  • Differentiate between Indigenous and Western perspectives of knowledge.  
  • Recognize the power of storytelling. 
  • Incorporate Indigenous knowledge into land acknowledgments, gift-giving, Elder appreciation, cultural rights, and smudging. 
  • Implement inclusive workplace practices for Indigenous employees. 
  • Engage effectively with Indigenous communities. 

Agenda

  • Acknowledgment Statements 
  • Indigenous Knowledge 
  • Contrasting Indigenous and Western Knowledge 
  • The Four Phases of Indigenous Engagement 
    —Relationship, Friendship, Partnership, Allyship 
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Indigenous Inclusion 3.0 | From Intention to Action

Description

This session builds upon the concepts in Indigenous Inclusion 2.0 to focus on strategic planning based on the Trust and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. Providing learners with the opportunity to begin drafting an implementation plan and strategy for Indigenous engagement and reconciliation. It also provides tips from an Indigenous perspective on how Indigenous knowledge can be incorporated into the strategic planning process. From research and conversations with Elders and Knowledge Keepers across Canada, this session encourages participants to target key goals specific to their type of business and industry–leading to more effective relationship building, employee and community engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.   

Primary Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the TRC's 94 Calls to Action and their relevance to Indigenous inclusion.
  • Develop achievable goals aligned with organizational mission and Indigenous engagement.
  • Incorporate Indigenous knowledge into strategic planning and draw insights from Elders and Knowledge Keepers.
  • Navigate implementation planning, assess progress, and take actionable steps from intention to action.
  • Target key goals tailored to business and industry for effective relationships with employees, communities, and stakeholders.
  • Communicate transparent progress of the strategic plan, ensuring accountability. 

Agenda

  • Planning and Scoping 
    — Understand the TRC Report and Identify Priorities  
  • Making Commitments 
    — Establish Working Groups or Committees & Set Goals and Objectives 
    — Develop Strategies and Actions
  •  Implementing & Monitoring Progress
    — Review, Report and Communicate 
    — Evaluate Success 

If you would like to learn more about the course details and pricing or to book your sessions, you can contact us at info@ccdiconsulting.ca. We're here to assist you on your journey to success. Contact us today!

Your Partner in Learning

Meet Your Facilitator

Learn more about Roy Pogorzelski, the creator of the Indigenous Inclusion program curriculum and your trusted facilitator throughout this transformative educational journey.

Roy Pogorzelski
IDEA Facilitator
Roy Pogorzelski is Métis/Cree from Saskatchewan and an Associate Facilitator with CCDI Consulting. Currently, he is working towards his PHD in Philosophy at the University of Lethbridge, where he is also an Instructor of Indigenous studies. Roy owns and operates his own consultancy (RWP Consulting), is a Métis Red River Jigger and is a Board Member with the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF). 
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