Reconciliation 101

1 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
  • October 3, 20198:30am - 4:30pm
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Section 35 of the Constitution Act of 1982 recognizes and affirms the rights of Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit and Metis) in Canada. Numerous court decisions in the intervening years have reaffirmed those rights and provided greater detail and direction as to how those rights apply, and the roles and responsibilities of governments and corporations in protecting those rights. As a result, both public servants and corporate staff are required to engage and formally consult with Indigenous peoples, communities and organizations on a wide range on initiatives, from project development and regulatory reviews, to policy and program development.

It was for this reason that the 2015 Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) called upon federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments, and the corporate sector, to bolster the cultural competency of their staff by providing them with opportunities to learn about the history of Indigenous peoples, the legacy of colonialism, treaties and Aboriginal rights, and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), thus equipping them to meaningfully and effectively interact with Indigenous peoples, communities and organizations.

Students will begin the day by participating in a Kairos Blanket Exercise™, followed by a dialogue about the history of Canada’s, and Canadians’, relationship with Indigenous peoples. This will be followed by an in-depth examination of the history of Indigenous peoples pre and post-contact; the history and legacy of colonialism in general, and residential schools in particular; treaties and Aboriginal rights; and UNDRIP. Finally, participants will be provided with an overview of First Nation, Metis and Inuit peoples today, including terminology, demographics, politics and governance, and cultural considerations.

The course will be delivered by highly qualified, knowledgeable and experienced facilitators, guided and supported by recognized Elders. Participants are provided with access to learning materials in advance of the course to prepare them for the start of their learning journey on the day of the course.

It is strongly recommended that students planning to take advanced courses in Indigenous awareness and collaboration, first take Reconciliation 101.

What you will gain

Participants will be able to better understand:

• How and why the history of Crown-Indigenous relations, and the legacy of policies such as residential schools, impact on the relationship between Indigenous peoples and other Canadians in the present day.

• An understanding of Aboriginal law, rights, terminology, governance and politics.

• How we can contribute to reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and Canadians in both our personal and professional lives.

• How to more effectively interact with Indigenous peoples in a meaningful and effective manner in support of project development and regulatory reviews, and policy and program development.

Who should attend?

Typical attendee profile(s):

Federal, provincial, territorial and municipal public servants at all levels, and employees of companies engaging Indigenous communities and organizations.

Federal, provincial, territorial and municipal public servants at all levels, and employees of companies engaging Indigenous communities and organizations, will find this course invaluable. In provides a hands-on approach and a safe space for personal dialogue and reflection that can’t be achieved with on-line courses, as well as a broad-based introduction to the history of Crown-Indigenous relations and legal and policy requirements that will equip them to interact with Indigenous peoples in a meaningful, and effective, manner.

What's included

Expert facilitation, course materials, morning and afternoon coffee, and a buffet lunch.

Course fee(s)

$990 per attendee

As a not-for-profit organization, the IOG does not charge HST.

Registration is done through an online registration system where you can select to pay by credit card or request an invoice.

Group discounts

If you have more than two people attending, you may be eligible for a group discount. Contact us for details at 613-562-0090 or

Main contact

613-562-0090 x200
1 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
  • October 3, 20198:30am - 4:30pm
Register ›

The IOG value-added

All IOG courses are prepared and taught by those who have held senior positions in the federal government. They are guided by a Learning Committee of senior federal government public servants.

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.

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.

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