Indigenous Cultural Competency Training (OFIFC)


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Indigenous Cultural Competency Training (ICCT) through the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres is an ongoing cycle of learning, with a total of 5 full day sessions. The intent of the OFIFC’s ICCT is for organizations to contribute to the development of necessary skills, knowledge, attitudes and values that support the development of meaningful and informed relationships with the Indigenous community.

Throughout the training, participants will build practical skills that can have a meaningful impact on organizational practices. The training provides the opportunity to build a foundational understanding of contemporary priorities and the concept of allied relationships. From this knowledge, participants will learn the importance of infusing on-going Indigenous cultural competencies throughout organizational practices through meaningful engagement with the Indigenous community.

Session Duration: Each session is a full day (7 hours)

Session breakdown: Indigenous Cultural Competency Training: Cycle 1

About the Training: The first cycle focuses on the early relationship in Canada with Indigenous people, intergenerational trauma and an introduction of the OFIFC’s relationship framework. OFIFC facilitators will guide participants through a series of four questions: Who are Indigenous Peoples?”, “Where have they been?”, “Where are they going?” Learning can then focus on answering, “What are our responsibilities?” These questions offer a critical pathway to action that strengthens cultural awareness, informs relationship building and begins to enhance organizational programs and policies.

Learning Outcomes: Examine how Indigenous/non-Indigenous relationships have been impacted by historical events and how the relationship can be reframed today; Introduced to policies and legislations that have impacted Indigenous communities; and introduced to a framework that enhances the relationship development with Indigenous people.

Indigenous Cultural Competency Training: Cycle 2

About the Training: As a continuum of learning, we build on from the first cycle, the historical narrative and exploring more recent efforts to re-frame the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Specific content includes: the “White paper” and the response from Indigenous people, amendments to the Indian Act, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Canada’s apology to Residential School Survivors, the lawsuit for the 60’s Scoop, and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Learning Outcomes: Understand more recent events and how they work to address or fail to address, historic trauma within Indigenous communities;Identify implications and impacts of discriminatory Legislation on Indigenous communities; Learn trauma informed approaches to enhance organizational communication; Come to know the resiliency of Indigenous peoples and their respective ‘culture’;Development of specific action items that focus on Relationship Building and Respect.

For more information on OFIFC Cultural Competency Training or other training that the OFIFC provides, as well as availability and fees, please contact the OFIFC at 416 956 7575.