CCAB certified to provide Indigenous cultural awareness & sensitivity training

Chris Soles, President, NextGen Technologies

My knowledge of Indigenous  issues prior to reading this document was extremely limited and likely  biased by mainstream media. I now have a better understanding of the social, cultural and economic issues  affecting indigenous communities. As a company, we feel this document  will play a key role in our Indigenous Engagement Strategy  and will  help our staff understand the importance of preserving indigenous culture as we all work towards reconciliation. Improving the  economic conditions for Indigenous people on and off reserve will be  essential in making reconciliation happen. 

I would like to thank Maynard for his dedication to educating people through the CASTB and the other services he offers.

Shelley Sim, SILGA President / Clearwater Councillor, SILGA AGM (Penticton, BC), May 2019

L. Maynard Harry and Stewart Alsgard were dynamic presenters who clearly  showed the power of partnerships and how that could make a positive  impact to community development.

Their story was indicative of many communities, people that were  friendly but not neighborly.  Their honest reflection of two communities  working to become better was inspirational.  I found their examples to  be easy actions that could be replicated in any community.  Their stories showed how important it is to show respect in  building relationships.

In today's world, I believe that people want to move towards  reconciliation but it is so politically charged that it is easy to feel  frozen and not "do" anything for fear of doing the wrong thing.   Listening to these two leaders showed me that honest engagement can forgive any small slips of protocol and that the relationship will  only be further empowered by authenticity which includes graciousness  when making mistakes.

I believe that their message is one that needs to be heard many times  over and in as many communities as possible.  It was exciting to hear  their journey and their legacy.  I believe what they shared can be  replicated and as such, many communities will be able to move to the next level of sincere and prosperous partnerships where  all benefit from what it means to be "neighbors".    

Tommy Le, Mechanical Designer – Material Handling – Mining & Metals Fluor Canada

We hired Maynard to conduct a Cultural  Awareness Training session for our management team.  From the start, he  was very thorough in gathering information to cater his training to best  suit our needs.  We even had to change our intended date a couple times with limited notice, but Maynard was very  accommodating and worked with our schedule.  His presentation was very  insightful and well received by everyone in attendance.  The format of  the session was unrestricted and free flowing, which fostered open discussion and made everyone feel at ease.  Every  single person learned a lot from Maynard's training.  The whole process  went very smoothly and I've still kept in touch with Maynard for advice  regarding Indigenous relations.  I would highly recommend him for his down-to-earth, and straight forward method to  teaching Indigenous Cultural Awareness.

Chelsea Honeyman

I asked Maynard to facilitate  a cultural awareness session at a workshop I was helping to organize at  my workplace. Our experience with Maynard was professional from start  to finish. During the workshop preparations,  he worked closely with our organizing team  to understand our learning  needs and tailor his material to help meet them. At the workshop itself,  he provided helpful context, encouraged frank discussions, and offered  pragmatic advice. Participants had many questions, and he was open to discussing all of them! Following the workshop,  Maynard provided a summary report that will help inform our next steps. I  highly recommend Maynard  for his unique, honest, and insightful  approach!

Councillor Murry Krause, UBCM Past President and Chair UBCM Indigenous Relations Committee

Our  delegates were inspired and touched by Maynard's presentation at  our 2018 Union of BC Municipalities Convention.  Maynard’s thoughtful commentary on reconciliation and relationship-building between  aboriginal and non-aboriginal communities was very well-received by our  local government leaders.  By sharing his own personal experiences, both  challenging and triumphant, our delegates left the session with some excellent advice about how to better engage and work  respectfully with their aboriginal neighbors.

Chris Nudd, CEO Hazelwood

Hazelwood asked Maynard Harry to carry out a Cultural Awareness training  session for Senior Management in each of our associated businesses. His  approach was greatly appreciated, and our group was able to gain  insight into the realities which face many First Nations communities within Canada. The format, which included a  presentation and open discussion, created an environment in which we  were able to ask questions, obtain advice, and gain a greater  appreciation the Canadian Indigenous Community. We would recommend Maynard’s presentation for any organization that is interested in  working for, or with, First Nations. As Maynard points out, economic  development for indigenous communities plays a significant role in  reconciliation. 



Cultural Awareness Training Sessions

  •  2018 Hazelwood Group of Companies (Nanaimo)
  • 2018 Fluor Canada (Vancouver) - see testimonial
  • 2018 Elections Canada (Winnipeg) - see testimonial
  • 2012 Brooks School (Leadership Program)
  • 2012 Powell River Historical Museum 'Voices of Tla’amin (with former City of Powell River Mayor Stewart Alsgard (Qoqohq)
  • 2009 Knight Piesold Cultural Orientation (5 sessions - Vancouver, BC)
  • 2007 A Provincial Summit of Municipal Leaders 'Cities for Children' Kelowna, BC
  • 2005 BC Aboriginal Childcare Society Regional Dialogue Session Early Childhood Development Community Engagement Project. Nanaimo, BC
  • 2004 Songhees First Nation. Cultural Heritage Resource Protection. Victoria, BC.
  • 2002 Maximillan Kolbe Gymnasium, Wegberg, Germany

Economic and Business Development

  • ABM West Uncensored May 13, 2019 in Penticton, BC 
  • Navajo Nation Economic Summit Uncensored April 22, 2019 in Flagstaff, AZ.
  • 2018 ABM Uncensored (Vancouver Island, West, East, Alberta, Lower Mainland)
  • 2018 Vancouver Island Construction Association (Victoria, BC)
  • 2017 Vancouver Island Economic Alliance Summit (Nanaimo, BC)
  • 2017 ABM Uncensored (BC, AB, SK, ON)
  • 2014 Yorkton & Battlefords Agency Tribal Councils (ABM prep)
  • 2013 Saskatchewan Economic Development Association
  • 2013 Manufactured Housing Association of BC AGM
  • 2011 Canadian Energy Forum (Energy - 'A Platform for BC Trade at Home and Abroad')
  • 2005 Federation of Canadian Municipalities 'Additions to Reserve: Opportunities and Challenges for First Nations and Municipal Governments' Winnipeg, MB
  • 2002 Powell River Chamber of Commerce. Powell River, BC
  • 2000 Snuneymuxw First Nation. 'Economic & Forest Management Workshop.' Nanaimo, BC

Intergovernmental Relationship Building

  •  Southern Interior Local Government Association AGM presentation in Penticton, BC (with Stewart Alsgard) May 3, 2019. September 10, 2018 Union of BC Municipalities Annual Convention: 'Advancing Local Government Relations with Indigenous Peoples' (Whistler, BC) with former City of Powell River Mayor Stewart Alsgard (Qoqohq).
  • 2018 Tla'amin Nation & City of Powell River re-signing of Community Accord (July 20). Maynard and Qoqohq acted as co-emcees.
  • 2011 Federation of Canadian Municipalities (Victoria, BC - with former City of Powell River Mayor Qoqohq and City of Powell River CAO Stan Westby.
  • 2010 Union of BC Municipalities Annual Convention (Whistler, BC - with former City of Powell River Mayor Qoqohq.
  • 2009 UBCM Convention 'Practical Pointers on Partnering with First Nations.'
  • 2004 BC Treaty Commission 'Planning for Prosperity: First Nations, Intergovernmental Cooperation and Treaties: A Leaders Forum.' Vancouver, BC.
  • 2003 Rural Team BC 'Sharing Lessons Learned Between Community Champions. Prince George, BC.
  • 2003 First Nations Summit 'Community to Community Forum: Resolving Conflict & Pursuing Joint Opportunities.' Vancouver BC.

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