The Four Winds Aboriginal Awareness Sessions were developed to provide Government, Industry and Aboriginal communities with the appropriate tools, resources and techniques critical in breaking down barriers and creating understanding between each other in order to build a strong foundation for a cooperative and harmonious working relationship.
To help further this multi-level awareness, Four Winds and Associates researches and gathers socio-economic data to ensure the information provided at each session is accurate, timely, regionally sensitive and appropriate. Focused primarily toward building awareness, session will be flexible and adaptable to local Aboriginal cultures, ensuring that participants are provided with information relevant to their respective areas.
In addition to providing information on Aboriginal people and communities, the session will positively encourage participants to explore their own assumptions and beliefs of Aboriginal people.
Aboriginal People – An overview of Aboriginal people nationally, provincially and regionally, identifying key organizations, communities, people and resources. A definition of First Nation, Metis, Inuit, Non-Status, Bill C-31 and Urban Aboriginals will be provided.
Aboriginal Customs, Values and Beliefs – (Historical and Contemporary Perspectives) this component will provide insight into how Aboriginal values and beliefs were nearly lost with the advent of residential schools, and the outlawing of spiritual practices and the resurgence of these traditions within the Aboriginal community. We will discuss but not practice the culture and traditions.
Strategies to Building Relationships and Developing Approaches - An overview of the Aboriginal Strategies, relationship practices as they relate to Aboriginal people and to identify gaps that may exist and what effects these have on understanding and improving relationships.
Dispelling the Myths – Presents the myths and facts and allows for open discussion on the misconceptions about Aboriginal people.
The Third Culture – it is important to establish a common set of expectations for everyone in the workplace, including business owners, managers and employees. These workplace values and culture can differ – as long as they do not clash with - an individual’s personal values and culture. Encouraging this common understanding is what can be called the ‘Third Culture’: a place in the middle where co-workers can meet, work, and succeed.
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