Indigenous Cultural Sensitivity Training

January 14th 2019. 17:00 to 20:00

Mon, 14 January 2019
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Centre for Social Innovation
585 Dundas St. East
3rd Floor-Room 2


This 4 part workshop series provides participants with an introduction to Indigenous worldviews, philosophies & allyship. The cultural, historical, societal, spiritual and psychological dimensions of pre-contact societies will be explored thus providing a framework for understanding traditional strengths of Indigenous communities, families and individuals. Participants will expand their knowledge to understand a wholistic approach to spiritual, emotional, physical and mental well being utilizing the Medicine Wheel Philosophy. Bear Standing Tall provides consulting, Indigenous Awareness & Cultural Sensitivity Training using a wholistic approach. We support organizations by offering training for increased understanding and sensitivity about Indigenous cultures, traditions, world views, philosophies, allyship and how to work respectfully and confidently with Indigenous Elders and Knowledge & Wisdom Keepers.

Tickets: $50 per workshop
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Training manuals are $25.00 per workshop. Optional & highly recommended.
Part 1: Introduction to Smudging Monday, Jan 14

This workshop offers practical tools for understanding and utilizing the ancient wisdom of smudging. At completion, participants will have gained an appreciation of the four common medicines used by the Indigenous Peoples across Turtle Island. Learn how to smudge; where, when, and why it deserves a place in your personal and professional experience. Lead your team in providing this significant component of cultural sensitivity, while exploring its historical, legal and current context in the workplace.

Part 2: Indigenous Worldview & Philosophies Tuesday, Feb 12

Allow this workshop to invite you into a deeper understanding of Indigenous worldviews and philosophies. Inform your professional interactions, practise and workplace environment with a historical and contemporary framework that underpins the strengths and belief systems of the Peoples of Turtle Island. The Medicine Wheel Philosophy will instruct each participant on the connection between Indigenous identity, culture, personal and societal value systems as represented in the Circle of Life

Part 3: Indigenous Protocol Consultation Tuesday, Feb 19

In this important workshop, indigenize your worldviews and expand your current knowledge about working respectfully and confidently with Elders, or Knowledge & Wisdom Keepers. Learn traditional protocols about how to approach, invite and include these significant guests in your workplace experience. Set the appropriate tone at your company meetings and functions, as you create and utilize traditional and territorial land acknowledgements with assurance, wherever you might be.

Part 4: How to Ally with Indigenous Peoples Monday, Mar 4

As more and more of us confront the fact that the world is not equitable for all, it is crucial to understand Allyship & reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. In this powerful training exercise, learn in a non-colonized way about The Doctrine of discovery, Terra Nullius, The Indian Act, Reservations, The Pass System, Treaties, Residential Schools, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and The Four Sacred Gifts for all Humanity. This workshop is ceremonial, factual, authentic using video and audio technology, offering a wholistic learning opportunity incorporating all four aspects of our being: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Emphasis will be placed on learning that will happen through all the five senses: Touch, Smell, Sound, Sight and Taste.

Participants who complete all 4 workshops receive a Certificate of Participation.

This workshop series is presented by Bear Standing Tall, Nehiyaw from Onion Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan. Corporate Trainer of Indigenous Cultural Sensitivity Training or ICST.

He is a passionate medicine wheel facilitator, consultant, teacher and trainer. His pursuit of indigenized education began in Edmonton, AB, at Nechi Institute Centre for Indigenous Learning and found his identity in spirituality, culture and healing. He embraced his culture and began committing his life to working across Turtle Island in healing lodges, treatment centres, detox centres, wellness centres and volunteering at elders’ gatherings to improve the quality of life for his family, community and nation. At Brandon University, MB, he completed a Bachelor of First Nations and Aboriginal Counselling Degree. He is also certified with four levels of medicine wheel counsellor training and three levels of medicine wheel facilitator training. He moved to Toronto, Ontario to continue his MSW graduate degree. For two decades, he has enjoyed his work, sharing Indigenous Knowledge & wisdom with organizations across Turtle Island.

Bear Standing Tall continues to follow his passion for giving Indigenous elders and spiritual leaders a voice by sharing indigenous wisdom and knowledge creating Indigenous Awareness on the intergenerational effects of Indian Residential Schools. His enthusiasm for wholistic education and training continues to help all of the human family achieve balance and harmony in their lives for this generation and the ones to come.
Jason Rocky Carter, B.F.N.A.C, CACII
Bear Standing Tall & Associates@
Centre for Social Innovation Regent Park
585 Dundas St. East, 3rd Floor,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5A 2B7
416 806 4659