CCAB certified to provide Indigenous cultural awareness & sensitivity training


Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity Training

Indigenous Insight is a Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) certified Indigenous cultural awareness and sensitivity trainer. Having a strong understanding of incredibly diverse First Nations, Métis and Inuit people's cultures is critical to the success of any Indigenous engagement strategy. Indigenous Insight offers cultural awareness training via the following:

  1. 39-page Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity Training Backgrounder (CASTB). This document highlights details the following areas pertinent to First Nations: the Basics; the Indian Act; the Indian Reserve System; Aboriginal Rights and Title; the Indian Residential School System; Reconciliation; Misconceptions; and Resources;
  2. 4-hour dialogue session utilizing the talking circle and talking feather. Can accommodate 30 participants; and / or
  3. On-line video training is currently under development.

Economic and business development advisory services

 First Nation leaders in Canada have long recognized the importance of economic / business development / individual entrepreneurship as being large pieces of a very complicated puzzle; a puzzle that has remained unsolved for many generations. There are many reasons why economies are non-existent in too many First Nation communities across Canada, including:

  • Residual effects of implementation of Canada’s colonial tools (i.e. Indian Residential School System, Indian Act, Indian Reserve System, etc.);
  • Segregation / isolation from local regional, provincial economies by purposely locating Indian Reserves away from the most populated and valuable areas
  • Lack of capacity and resources to effectively grasp economic opportunity.

The diversity of Canada’s First Peoples is immense. In 2019, there were 634 individual recognized First Nation communities in Canada. Of these 600+ First Nations, many can be considered advanced (i.e. strong economies, healthy communities). Many have taken steps to move away from Canada’s Indian Act through negotiation of treaties; ratification of land codes and customizing their election processes. Indigenous Insight brings significant experience to the monitoring of economic activity within traditional territories and leveraging opportunity at the table. 


Reconciliation  has been a buzzword used many times these past few years when speaking  about the Indian Residential School System and 'students' who survived  their 'educational' experiences. It is sad when students not killed by  their school system in any developed country no less, are known as  'Survivors.' Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommended  reconciliation a part of healing processes for Indian Residential School  Survivors.

Most cities, municipalities and towns in Canada are situated immediately adjacent to one of Canada's 634 First Nation communities; Metis or Inuit Settlements. Every city, municipality and town should consider initiating a process of reconciling its history with that of their Indigenous neighbor (s). Any process of reconciliation is not limited to cities, municipalities and towns; non-Indigenous businesses and corporations should consider reconciliation; especially if that history goes back many years. It is unfortunate that in 2019, a majority of urban non-Indigenous centres live in complete ignorance of their Indigenous neighbors. This is unacceptable and must change. For positive change to take place, leadership (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) leadership must step forward. Leadership must demonstrate a willingness to listen and learn. For too long, leadership in Canada, at many levels (governmental and corporate) have allowed themselves to be led fear, suspicion, anger and ignorance.  

My question to you – ‘Is this good enough for life in 2019 Canada?’  

Be aware that positive and creative intergovernmental work is happening in Canada (i.e. Tla'amin Nation and the City of Powell River - this particular relationship has been developing since 2003). Any relationship always starts with positive communication. Not difficult!



I would like to acknowledge the Leadership of the Tla'amin Nation (Hegus Clint Williams and Legislators) and the City of Powell River ('Q'ik' - Mayor David Formosa and Councillors) for their work in honoring, acknowledging and respecting the principles laid out in the original 2003 Community Accord. This was demonstrated through the 2018 re-signing of a new Tla'amin Nation-City of Powell River Community Accord. This is a demonstration of leadership at a very high level: and 'Qoqoh' (former Mayor, City of Powell River - Stewart Alsgard) and his council for their work and dedication in keeping the principles of the Community Accord alive. The relationship between our two communities is likely one of the strongest of any in Canada.

Aboriginal rights and title advisory services

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