Building Relationships with Indigenous Peoples

July 28, 2017 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Registration

November 9, 2017 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Registration

February 8, 2018 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Registration

Event Type: Course

There is near consensus that the conditions of Indigenous peoples in Canada rank as one of our most serious shortcomings as a nation. Unacceptable gaps separate First Nations, Métis and Inuit people from other Canadians in terms of education attainment, employment and housing, and Indigenous communities continue to report disproportionate high rates of fetal alcohol syndrome, teen suicides, and chronic diseases such as diabetes.

In recent years the efforts of Indigenous, Provincial and Federal governments has somewhat shifted from focusing on broader self-government initiatives and improved Indigenous governance to developing appropriate and effective methods to meet the obligations affirmed through Section 35 to “consult and accommodate.”  Previous efforts to address Aboriginal and treaty rights on a comprehensive basis have in part been eclipsed by individual and site-specific consultation initiatives of a much more narrow scope.  Indigenous populations are seeking a fair share of economic benefits from their traditional territories and the opportunity to participate as partners in development.

Departments are looking for new ways to deliver on their Ministers’ mandate letters, which state “[n]o relationship is more important to me (the Prime Minister) and to Canada than the one with Indigenous Peoples. It is time for a renewed nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous Peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.” This new mandate requires fostering new relationships and practical approaches that result in the desired outcome of improved socio-economic conditions for Canada’s Indigenous peoples.

To help address these needs, the Institute on Governance (IOG) is continuing to build its Indigenous practice by focusing on the key challenges facing government today.

Who should participate in this course?

This course is directed towards professionals and practitioners that are preparing to work with Canada’s Indigenous peoples, either building relationships within communities or in the context of policy and program development, and provides a basic grounding in the legal, policy, historical and demographic factors that have shaped Federal/Indigenous relations to date.


Participants will leave the course with a base knowledge and more informed professional philosophy of the key issues facing them today:

•   Gaining knowledge of the history and realities of Indigenous peoples in Canada;

•   Understanding the legal framework for Indigenous rights and the federal “Duty to Consult and Accommodate;”

•   Exploring fundamentals of building new relationships with Indigenous peoples;

•   Reviewing past frameworks of consultation; and

•   Facilitating progress and practical resolutions.

Course fee

This 1-day course is $890 (no HST) per person, including meals. We are offering additional discounts on group registrations.   Contact our Learning Centre at or 613-562-0090 for more information and to receive a promo code before registering.


Our courses run from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

The IOG value-added

IOG has a unique and broad vision, having worked in all regions of the country with a varied portfolio of stakeholders, including the federal and provincial governments, First Nation, Métis and Inuit governments, private sector stakeholders. We are also able to draw from the broader expertise of our IOG colleagues who have worked both in Canada and abroad.

For those who wish to have an adapted course that is specific to their issues and requirements, customized course offerings can be delivered on request for branches, teams or groups, in English or French in any part of the country. For more information about customized courses, contact Toby Fyfe at or at 613 562 0090 x242 for details.

The IOG also offers the Coaching Circle, to assist executives and officers at all levels of government as well as non-profit and other organizations in the development of their leadership skills.

For group discounts or more information, contact Barry Christoff at or at 613 562-0090 x245.

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