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Understanding cultures: let's talk

Under the themes of Recognition, Respect, Relationships and Reconciliation, Indigenous Learning provides access to resources, courses, workshops and events on the history, heritage, cultures, rights and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, as well as on their varied and long-standing relationships with the Crown.

The School offers a growing suite of resources that will help you increase your cultural skills and awareness of issues related to First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada, as well as the role and responsibilities of the Government of Canada towards these peoples.

Mobile app

  • Reconciliation: A Starting Point

    This learning application serves as a reference tool to learn about First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, including key historical events and examples of reconciliation initiatives.

Courses

Online foundational courses (self-paced)
  • Reflecting on Cultural Bias: Indigenous Perspectives (IRA101)
    With a focus on understanding Indigenous Peoples, this online self-paced course demystifies the idea of unconscious cultural bias and explores issues of prejudice and discrimination.
  • The Uncomfortable Truth (IRA102)
    This course presents the difficult facts about the historical relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.
  • First Nations in Canada (IRA103)
    This course looks at some of the governance structures, traditions and current realities of First Nations and their relationships with the Government of Canada.
  • Métis in Canada (IRA104)
    This course provides a brief introduction to Métis people and the complexity of emerging Métis identity across Canada today.
  • Inuit in Canada (IRA105)
    This course provides a brief introduction to Inuit in Canada and helps you to better understand the relationship between Inuit and the Government of Canada.
  • Taking Steps Towards Indigenous Reconciliation (IRA107)
    This online self-paced course supports the government's commitment to the value and outcomes of reconciliation by exploring in depth the four themes featured throughout the Indigenous Learning Series: recognition, respect, relationships, and reconciliation.
Classroom courses

Job aids

Job aids

Podcasts

  • Sitting by the Fire
    This podcast series offers topics that will expand your knowledge of First Nations, the Inuit and Métis.

Videos

Videos
  • Call to Action 57: A Duty of Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples for all public servants
    Under the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action 57, all federal public servants have a duty to learn about the history and reality of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This short video explains why and how your involvement as a public servant can help the reconciliation effort.
  • Video Testimonials: Indigenous Employees
    This new video platform offers short testimonials from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis public service employees. Our colleagues share with us their cultures, their challenges, their languages, their dreams, and their perceptions as Indigenous persons and public service employees today.
  • Territorial Acknowledgement
    Learn about the territorial acknowledgement's meaning and how to adopt this uniting ritual.
  • Finding Health Equity for First Nations Children
    In this video, Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Ph.D., Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the International Institute for Society and Health, discuss the pursuit of equity for First Nations children in the context of Jordan's Principle and the Pan American Health Organization's recent report Just Societies: Health Equity and Dignified Lives.
  • Marking the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
    September 30 is now recognized as a federal statutory day of commemoration. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the tragic history of residential schools and honour their Survivors by engaging in reconciliation activities within our communities. Guest speakers share their thoughts and insights on what those experiences mean for Indigenous Peoples in Canada and for us all as we continue the journey towards truth and reconciliation.
  • Celebrating Louis Riel Day: Métis Realities
    Learn about the current issues, challenges and opportunities facing Métis communities as they build constructive relationships and support reconciliation efforts with other Indigenous Peoples.
  • Elder Talk: Exploring Identity
    Elder Gerry Oleman, a member of the St'at'imc Nation in British Columbia talks about how identity is formed both collectively and for each individual, how identity is imposed on us, and how we can also create our own identities. (Event held on January 13, 2021)
  • Indigenous Leaders Panel
    Indigenous leaders discuss how the public service should be approaching its mandate for reconciliation.
  • The Indigenous Learning Series Trailer
    A collection of video clips of Indigenous leaders and public servants discussing the meaning of reconciliation.
  • Many Eagle Set Dance Song (Michif Song)
    This is the story of the "Many Eagle Set Sundance Song" as told by Folklorist and Author Nicholas Vrooman.
  • The Memoirs of Russell Moses, Residential School Survivor
    John Moses speaks about his father Russell Moses' childhood experiences in a residential school.
  • The Path of Reconciliation
    A collection of video clips of Indigenous leaders and executives of the Public Service of Canada discussing the path of reconciliation.
  • Reconciliation Through the Arts
    Video clips of artists, Indigenous leaders and public servants discussing the role of the arts in the reconciliation process.
  • Truth and Reconciliation (with the Honourable Murray Sinclair)
    The Honourable Murray Sinclair discusses the legacy of the Canadian government's policy towards Indigenous people, and the path towards reconciliation.
  • What does Indigenous mean?
    From 'Indian' to 'Indigenous': the historical pursuit of one umbrella term that applies to all.
  • Why I Joined the Public Service
    Indigenous public servants share their experiences and advice with Indigenous youth new to the public service.

Our Cultural Centre

Most of the courses in the Indigenous Learning Series are offered at our Cultural Centre (Canada Room), located at 111 Sussex Drive in Ottawa.

Interior of Cultural Centre (Canada Room)

Connect with us

Contact the Indigenous Learning Team for questions or comments. Tell us what topics you would like to see and how we can best help you by emailing: ils-saqa@csps-efpc.gc.ca.


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