The program focuses on building a better understanding of Indigenous history and experiences in Canada and explore best practices through a series of interactive sessions and discussions with guest speakers and Indigenous leaders with the objective to increase the participants capacity to plan and implement changes in their organization.
About the Program

The program is a professional development opportunity for organizations and executives across sectors to explore in-depth how Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples can be put into practice.  

The program focuses on building a better understanding of Indigenous history and experiences in Canada and explore best practices through a series of interactive sessions and discussions with guest speakers and Indigenous leaders with the objective to increase the participants capacity to plan and implement changes in their organization.  

Over four modules, participants will take concrete steps towards building their own capacity to advance Reconciliation by: 

  • Improving understanding of Indigenous history and experiences; 
  • Examining strategies and best practices on the spectrum of engagement and co-development; 
  • Building relationships with Indigenous communities; and 
  • Establishing a common understanding and basis for moving forward. 

Who Should Participate

The program is for executives, management teams and organizations in the public service, non-profits, academia and private sector organizations who seek to better understand how they can take concrete steps now to practice Reconciliation. 

The Program

The program will provide an opportunity for open discussion with Indigenous leaders, community and peers to learn from other’s lived experiences. Time will be dedicated to ensure that all participants have opportunities to interact with facilitators and one-another to share on-going learning.

Previous speakers have included:

  • Senator Murray Sinclair
  • Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild
  • Professor Ken Coates
  • Gina Wilson
  • Max FineDay
  • Harold Calla (Executive Chair of the First Nations Financial Management Board)
  • Kimberly Murray (Assistant Deputy Attorney General for the Indigenous Justice Division at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General and previously the Executive Director of the TRC)
  • Dawn Madahbee Leach (Vice Chair of the National Indigenous Economic Development Board)

Program Features 

  • Basics: Increase understanding of the history of the relationship with Indigenous peoples, Indigenous peoples’ perspectives, what Reconciliation means, the past and present policy environment, as well as greater cultural competence and confidence. 
  • Practical: Increase understanding about how organizations and leaders can take Reconciliation forward in their own role and in their organization, and how participants can incorporate it into their everyday work. Provide practical tools to apply knowledge, processes and strategies in participants’ organizations. 
  • Leadership: Create a core group of change leaders for practicing Reconciliation and reflect on the role of each leader to advance Reconciliation.  
  • Networking & Community Building: You will have the opportunity to engage with a group of peers working on complex questions and real-world leadership challenges. Through built-in group work and peer practice groups you will become part of a vibrant professional community.   

Program Format

The four half-day modules will be delivered in a hybrid format over 6-8 weeks: 

Module  Details  Learning Objectives 
Module 1;  

The Basics 

  • Welcome & Introductions 
  • Expectations and personal goal aspirations 
  • Indigenous history and reflection 
  • 101 session (definitions, statistics, etc.) 
  • Understand the scope of the course and how to maximize the experience 
  • Begin the process of trust building and ensuring we have physiological safety 
  • Start the process of learning about Indigenous history 
  • Set personal goals and learning objectives 
Module 2;  

Co-Design 

  • Sector specific overview, best practices and legislative frameworks 
  • Project opportunities and group formation 
  • Co-Design set-up and problem definition in task force groups with mentors 
  • Preparing for community visit and protocols 
  • Contextualizing reconciliation work within organizational context and other initiatives and activities (e.g. DEI) 
  • Understand barriers to inclusion faced by Indigenous peoples in your sector 
  • Assume responsibility for your learning journey 
  • Learn how to identify and work towards specific objectives and outcomes with your task force group 
Module 3;  

Community Visit 

  • Sector and location specific community visit 
  • Meetings with leadership and administration 
  • Joint meal 
  • Lived experience of protocol  
  • Understand what it means to show-up in a good way 
  • Become familiar with roles and relationships in community 
Module 4;  

Co-Design and Action 

  • Weaving common themes across homework 
  • Task Force Group Presentations  
  • Keynote Speaker – reflections and looking ahead 
  • Personal commitments and individual plan setting 
  • Understanding common themes and opportunities across project areas 
  • Develop a common path forward 

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Local Partners 

PPF and Watershed have extensive networks of Indigenous partners across Canada in different sectorsWe would also work with a local partner for the delivery and facilitation of Module 3 and rely on new and existing collaborators to speak on issues pertaining to the topic at hand and/or topics relevant to the learning cohort. 

In partnership with

PPF and Watershed both believe that Reconciliation is a Canadian imperative that starts with dialogue, learning and a commitment to action – which is why we are working together to bring forward a learning and development program that builds on the TRC’s calls to action. Together, PPF and Watershed understand the realities faced by sectors of the Canadian economy and civil society as they try to advance Reconciliation – and both are committed to supporting them to make the vision of Reconciliation a reality.

It's been an inspirational learning experience. It's the best learning experience I've had since joining the government 26 years ago. Coming into my role, I had little to no experience working with Indigenous communities. Now, I have a better sense of the scope of the work.

Jeff Series participant with ESDC in Vancouver
For more information contact Jonathan Perron-Clow Tailored program delivery will start in the Fall 2021 with limited capacity. Please reach out for more information
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