Description: Indigenous culture is the cornerstone for building strong relationships amongst First Nations leaders, Elders and other First Nations members. Participants are introduced to the Indigenous worldview of Turtle Island, essential protocols to open good relationships, avoid inappropriate conduct, analyze historical impacts, and the roles of male and female Elders.
Indigenous Laws, Lands and Current Industry Government Relations
Description: This course will focus on the legal and policy principles as a guiding aspect of existing relationships between Indigenous peoples, government and industry. Topics covered include: Federal and Provincial legislation, regulations and policies impacting Aboriginal-Industry relations and Indigenous and Treaty rights. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous perspectives of law through a decolonized framework aimed at fostering positive relationships that move towards reconciliation.
Description: Participants will gain a deeper understanding of why a healthy environment is integral to maintaining the identity, culture, and livelihood of Indigenous peoples. This course will enhance students' understanding of Indigenous environmental stewardship and philosophy from an Indigenous worldview.
Community and Economic Development
Description: This course will introduce students to the current community and economic development of Indigenous communities from an Indigenous lens. Students will learn about the resilience of Indigenous people despite the current complex socio-economic realities, and the importance of partnerships and relationships to improve the well-being of First Nations peoples. Topics include corporate social responsibility, community governance structures, Indigenous business, and private corporate structures as they relate to community development.
Organizational Culture and Negotiation Preparedness
Description: This course will introduce students to the interface of corporate and Indigenous cultures. Students will be given an introduction to relevant federal/provincial policy, safety procedure(s) framework, and impact benefit agreements. This course will enhance students' understanding of intercultural differences when negotiating and the impact of these differences on negotiation strategies.
Current Issues in Indigenous Relations
Description: Due to the nature of current issues in Indigenous topics this course may change from term to term.
Understanding Indigenous/Canadian Relations through Visual Literacy
Description: An introduction to concepts of visual literacy through local Indigenous perspectives. In this course, participants will critically address concepts of space making, cultural branding and the historical relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canadians through walks in Edmonton's river valley, circle dialogues and guest speaker presentations. Participants will learn how to think critically about ideas of land and community through story sharing, cell phone photography, land art, and medicine/story walks.
A Beading Dialogue: Beading and the Legacy of Indian Residential Schools
Description: In many Indigenous cultures, beading provides a vehicle for dialogue. In this course, participants will build basic beading skills while learning about the history of the Indian Residential Schools and their inter-generational effects. Participants will create a beaded story medallion based on their understanding of the Indian Residential Schools, reconciliation and the importance of visual arts.
A Painting Dialogue: An Introduction to Acrylic Painting and wahkohtowin
Description: What does acrylic painting have to do with the TRC? The goal of this course will be to engage in intellectual, physical, emotional and spiritual awareness and growth through understanding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action while building and practicing basic acrylic painting skills. Participants will create a series of paintings based on self-reflections on their relationship with iniyiwak (people of this land) and their understanding of wahkohtowin.
Exploring the History of Indigenous Arts and Artists
Description: There is no word for "art" in many Indigenous languages because art was, and is, culturally, a way of life. This course will introduce participants to a brief history of Indigenous artists and art practices, including drawing, watercolour, collage and mixed media. Through guided exercises, students explore different mediums, genres and practices from Indigenous perspectives.
Indigenous Leadership: from Transaction to Transformation
Description: This course explores Indigenous Leadership from a broad perspective including the impact of Colonial Legislation (Indian Act Election) on Indigenous Leadership practices. Traditionally, Indigenous leadership was inclusive, including women, children, and elders in decision making. Leadership practices today focus on elected leadership voices and decision making moving away form collective community based decisions. Today, Indigenous Nations, industry and various levels of Government interface. How those engagements occur can be impacted by how leadership is practices.