Advancing Reconciliation Through Education

February 25, 2019
In February 2019, The University of Winnipeg officially launched Indigenous Insights –an innovative and flexible learning program designed to advance reconciliation across Canada through employee training.

Canadian National Railway (CN) has signed on as the program’s premiere partner, adding the Indigenous Insights video series to CN’s Cultural Awareness training program, which has been offered since 2015.

“The Indigenous Insights videos are really well done and they constitute a perfect tool for our employees who are interested in learning more,” said Mélanie Allaire, CN Senior Counsel Environmental and Aboriginal Affairs and Practice Lead, Aboriginal Affairs.

All proceeds from Indigenous Insights support Indigenous learning through bursaries, Pathways to Education and the Wii Chiiwaakanak Learning Centre.

Organizations can choose from two options, online video modules and facilitated group training.
An online approach lets organizations provide training to all employees without undue impact on overall operations. The videos are 8 to 13 minutes in length and are self-contained. The online training can be completed in less than 90 minutes. Modules are hosted by well-known and respected Indigenous leaders, including Tina Keeper, Michael Champagne, and Kevin Lamoureux.

The in-person facilitation option offers a deeper, more reflective experience in a group setting. It is recommended for senior leadership and employees who are expected to engage with Indigenous Peoples and communities.

Whether online or in-person, Indigenous Insights starts participants on their journey of reconciliation, providing an overview of Indigenous People’s history, rights, and relationship with Canada. It provides a foundation for organizations seeking to understand and respond to the seminal Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action.

The program is ideal for employees in public and private sectors, educators, public health workers, NGOs, faith-based and spiritual organizations, and those seeking to enhance their knowledge and understanding of Indigenous peoples.

“Indigenous Insights is a valuable tool for enhancing cultural understanding through knowledge sharing and discussion,” said Dr. Annette Trimbee, UWinnipeg’s President and Vice-Chancellor.  “It is our hope that many more companies will offer their employees this opportunity to learn about our shared history.”

To learn more visit uwinnipeg.ca/indigenous-insights or contact Stacey Chaboyer, Indigenous Insights Manager at [email protected] or 204-789-1460.