Reconciliation between Indigenous and all Canadians is a frequent topic in news headlines, political speeches, and communities across the country. Through their 94 Calls to Action, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission offered a roadmap to Canadians on the way forward to a more inclusive, productive, and engaged society. So where do public participation professionals and the practice of P2 fit in this reconciliation journey? Join Indigenous Engagement specialists Teneya Gwin and Anne Harding to explore the intersection between reconciliation and public participation and advance your own reconciliation journey in the process.
Please note: the agenda includes some pre-course activity. See below.
Taster Session Agenda or Outline
10 multiple choice questions will be sent to participants in advance, which they are encouraged to seek answers to on their own before coming to the course.
The purpose of this exercise is to help learners see the complexities of issues related to reconciliation and the general lack of knowledge that we as Canadians have received related to the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
Relationships are an integral part of reconciliation, so this activity models what it means to see each other on a human level, rather than purely as professional colleagues.
Review pre-course questions
Participants reflect individually on their own responses to ground group in foundational common knowledge.
Review what the TRC was, when it concluded, and what has happened since.
Review the UN Declaration on the Rights, which is heavily referenced in the TRC, and highlight articles that speak about P2.
Reconciliation on many levels
Personal stories from trainers to demonstrate what is meant by this
Explain that reconciliation starts at an individual level, and branches out from there to our various networks and communities.
Your personal call to action
Each participant writes down a personal commitment to take an action related to reconciliation; participants will be asked to send these to the trainers and if they wish, schedule a follow up conversation about how to advance their own call to action.
Sharing our calls to action
Participants are asked to submit their calls to action to the trainers live, and trainers will read out the calls quickly in succession and anonymously, leaving the group inspired and excited about their individual and collective journeys.
Remember: because this is a webinar, there is a two-stage process for registering. Your confirmation email will include the link to our webinar provider's site, where you will find a short form to fill out. When you do that, you'll receive your login information.
Anne Harding is the Owner of Forum Relations and has been practicing in the field of Indigenous Engagement for over a decade, working with over 60 Indigenous communities from across Canada since 2005. She developed and currently coordinates the Indigenous Awareness learning program at Suncor Energy, and has been co-trainer for the foundations course in the program for the last seven years. Anne has a Master of Arts in Corporate-Aboriginal Relations, is an IAP2 Certified Public Participation Professional (CP3), Past-President of IAP2 Canada, and currently coordinates IAP2 Canada’s Indigenous Engagement Community of Practice.
Teneya Gwin is the Owner of Eleven Eleven Consulting and has worked with the Indigenous communities of Alberta for over a decade. She is the Calgary Public Library’s first ever Indigenous Services Design Lead, building relationships and developing learning and engagement programs to support the library’s efforts in Indigenization and reconciliation. Teneya’s drive is to bring communities together. Teneya is sixth generation Metis and a member of the Cunningham Clan on her mother’s side and a descendant from the Michele Band and Ferguson Clan on her father’s side. She is a proud Metis woman with a passion to bring awareness and education to Indigenous culture and history.
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