This session is especially useful for those interacting with Aboriginal governments, businesses and communities, and helps in building positive relationships to enhance effectiveness with Aboriginal people.
For many Canadian businesses, there is a lack of understanding of issues facing Aboriginal communities or Aboriginal employees within their organization. Understanding where and how Aboriginal people live, and why there are ongoing issues that "just don't seem to go away" is a first step to building successful relationships.
Understanding historical, social and cultural differences and areas of common ground can help companies build successful relationships necessary for meaningful and long-term relations with Aboriginal communities and Aboriginal employees. Aboriginal Awareness training provides a basis of understanding of those issues to enable employers to develop strategies to improve both internal and external relationships with Aboriginal peoples.
The session provides participants with a broad overview of a number of topics including:
- Pre-contact and colonization overview
- Treaties, Indian Act
- Assimilation and Residential Schools
- Defining Canada's Aboriginal people (including Indian, Metis and Inuit)
- Aboriginal groups and treaty areas in Alberta
- Legal issues and consultation
Registration Fee includes beverages and snacks.
Bee Calliou-Schadeck - Calliou Group
Bee has many years of experience bringing people together from all walks of life. Bee's specialty is delivering Aboriginal Awareness training with laughter, personal experiences and understanding. She is a member of the Michel First Nation, Treaty #6. Bee has over 35 years of varied experience in the corporate world; she began her career as a laboratory technician in 1985 and has been working in Aboriginal Relations since 1992. Bee is currently employed part time as Devon Canada's Senior Aboriginal Relations Advisor; she splits her time between Devon and offering Aboriginal Awareness sessions to a variety of companies and organizations.
Bee has had the opportunity to act as a speaker and facilitator at seminars, conferences, churches, colleges, universities, schools, the RCMP and numerous oil and gas companies. Bee has also been honoured by being given the role of Elder at various functions.
Germaine Conacher - Calliou Group
Germaine brings experience working with numerous Aboriginal Nations in western Canada as well as for working for industry and government on Aboriginal consultation initiatives. Germaine has experience conducting Traditional Land Use Studies with Nations in central and northern Alberta as well as northeastern and coastal British Columbia. Germaine's current projects include: managing the Crown-Aboriginal consultation for a large scale transmission line in Manitoba, coordinating public and Aboriginal consultation for oil sands clients and conducting Traditional Land Use Studies for Nations in western Canada. Germaine has presented on Aboriginal consultation for several companies and organizations.