Cultural Awareness Training

Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre Partner Workshop

The CAT (Cultural Awareness Training) sessions are meant to provide an awareness about Indigenous people in Canada. Participants have the opportunity to increase their knowledge, skills of the history, experiences, and events which have influenced the relationship of Indigenous people in Canada.

The Indigenous population in Canada is the fastest-growing population, the youngest, but also the most overrepresented population in the justice and child welfare systems. The goal of this workshop is to develop a knowledge base on Indigenous lived experiences and be able to support those individuals who are seeking your help and/or support.

Interactive Elements Included:

  • An introduction to the Anishinaabe Medicine Wheel: what it is, what it means, and how it is used.
  • An introduction to the seven Anishinaabe teachings (Grandfather/Grandmother Teachings): what they are, their significance, and how they can be used.
  • An overview of North American (Canadian) history from an Indigenous perspective: focusing on Canada’s relationship with the First Nations of Turtle Island, Canada’s colonial legacy, the relevant legislative and legal history of First Nations people in Canada.
  • An interactive session which will draw upon the earlier lessons that will introduce Intergenerational Trauma: discussions will include what Intergenerational Trauma is and how it impacts First Nations communities today.
  • An opportunity to view videos excerpt(s) that touch upon the themes discussed throughout the day, which will aid in the development of new perspectives, and build upon existing perspectives.

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