About The Program
The Indigenous Awareness Learning Program through IAP2 Canada was co-created with an Indigenous Elder to help advance reconciliation and support Indigenous inclusion in public participation (P2) and engagement activities across Canada.
What does “reconciliation” mean in relation to Indigenous Peoples in Canada?
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) defines reconciliation as an ongoing process of establishing and maintaining respectful relationships with Indigenous people.
Through this learning experience, participants will:
Estimated time commitment (depending on selected learning resources) is 3 to 6 hours per month over 6 months.
The program is a semi-structured, cohort-based learning program to help build awareness and understanding about the history and experiences of Indigenous Peoples in our country so they can better support Indigenous inclusion in their P2 and engagement practice.
Participants are matched with a learning partner who has experience working with Indigenous communities and placed into a cohort of no more than four people. Over the six-month duration of the program, you’ll engage in interactive and applied learning as you work through four assignments, based on the traditional Medicine Wheel. There are five 90 minute large group meetings, starting with the kickoff meeting.
There are three types of work during the course:
"Excellent framework for personal discovery and exploration. Safe environment to share. Final project with large group sharing was powerful."
"Loved this program and have shared with my colleagues."
"Thank you for providing the space and structure to focus on expanding my awareness and thinking about Indigenous issues and engagement in Canada."
"The small learning cohort was wonderful - the assignments called for us to be reflective which I appreciated - a very supportive learning experience - grateful for the opportunity to be part of the program."
"It was fabulous! Well-paced, supportive."
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