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Speaking Our Truths: The Journey Towards Reconciliation Part 2

Feb 7, 2024 03:30 PM to 05:30 PM

Registration Deadline: Feb 7, 2024 03:30 PM

An image for forest and lake with sun shining through and text, "The Journey Toward Reconciliation: Part 2; February 7, 3:30 - 5:30PM; Understand how the past impacts Indigenous peoples now.".

Culture is expressed in the worldviews of peoples from different backgrounds, lived experiences and histories. It is fostered through ones' unique identification with ones' values, beliefs, languages, and traditions. For Indigenous peoples, this also includes a spiritual, social, physical, and emotional connection with the land.

We all hold truths to help us make sense of the world around us, shaped by the values, traditions and belief systems we acquire from family and societal influences. However, few Canadians take the time to recognize, comprehend and appreciate the values, traditions and belief systems of Indigenous peoples that may be markedly different from ones' own. This training asks participants to shift their focus from the differences of Indigenous peoples, to how ones' own beliefs, practices and histories have impacted the health and wellness, self-esteem, and the socio-economic well-being of Indigenous Peoples.

In this workshop, we examine how the past attitudes, policies and legislation have impacted the current situation of Indigenous peoples and how the current trajectory can be remedied. Indigenous peoples have displayed their resilience as will be shown by the many Indigenous success stories.

This workshop will be presented and facilitated by Indigenous Training Coordinator, John Croutch, from the Office of Indigenous Initiatives. Please note this is Part 2  of a 2-part session, and it is recommended you attend Part 1 first to get wholesome context to this session.

This event is part of the Indigenous Learning in Local and Global Contexts Program. Learn more about the programs by visiting the Center for International Experience - Events & Programs webpage (Under the "Develop" tab) and find out how the program works to get Co-Curricular Record (CCR) recognition.

If you have questions or accommodation requests, please feel free to contact You Jia Lee (