Working Effectively with Inuit Peoples and Communities

0 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
This course has no upcoming sessions scheduled.

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, policy and program development, and research.

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.

This course builds on Reconciliation 101 by delving in greater depth into the history of the Inuit-Crown relationship by examining the unique experiences of Inuit under colonialism, and present-day socioeconomic, political and cultural considerations. The course will then examine strategies and wise practices for working effectively with Inuit communities and organizations, including protocols, working with Elders and Knowledge Keepers, regional cultural and political distinctions, aspirations, challenges and opportunities for partnership and collaboration.

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 individuals planning to take Working Effectively with Inuit Communities and Organizations first complete Reconciliation 101, or equivalent.

What you will gain

Participants will be able to better understand:

  • How and why the legacy of colonialism uniquely impacts Inuit peoples, and relationships between Inuit and the public and private sectors.
  • Aboriginal law, rights, terminology, governance and politics specific to Inuit peoples.
  • How to more effectively interact with Inuit peoples and communities in a meaningful and effective manner in support of project development and regulatory reviews, policy and program development, and research.

Who should attend?

Typical attendee profile(s):

Federal and Territorial Public Servants, and Private Sector

Federal and territorial public servants, and employees of companies engaging Inuit people and communities will find this course invaluable.
It provides a depth of learning about Inuit peoples that can’t be found in any other day course, and practical tools and advice for engaging Inuit on a wide range of initiatives, from project development and regulatory reviews, policy and program development, and research.

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
0 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
This course has no upcoming sessions scheduled.

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.

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