"I thought I knew a lot about Carrier culture and cross culture competency in service provision, but I still learned so much - that I didn't know I needed to know!" - Clinical Counsellor
We are pleased to welcome external service providers to our CSFS Nowh Guna ‘Our Way’ Carrier culture training. The training provides basic information on Carrier culture, as well as information to develop the attitudes and skills needed to provide culturally competent services. Our facilitators utilize the First Peoples Principles of Learning to engage participants through a myriad of experiential exercises, story sharing from elders and learning based on the local histories and cultures.
The learning objectives for the training are as follows:
- Understand how stereotypes are formed and influence relationships
- Take a look at pre-contact history and examples of how Carrier people lived
before settlers arrived
- Develop empathy and understanding around the effects of Colonization from a local context
- Colonization impacts (Legislation, Indian Act +) through personal context / story sharing
- Examine realities today for First peoples living in north central BC, on an off reserve
- Dispel myths about First Nations people
- Look at the language and dialects used in north central BC
- Compare traditional and contemporary Carrier world views to European world views
- Explore relationship and trust development strategies
- Learn about the Carrier Clan and governance system (+ protocols) through a teaching feast
- Examine strategies to respond to racism
- Reflect on your personal cultural competencies and set goals
Training dates and locations are posted in the news and calendar sections of our website! For spring 2019 we have booked the following:
May 14 + 15 Burns Lake
June 12 + 13. Prince George
June 18 + 19 Prince George
External service providers are welcome to join us on a fee per seat basis in our future training sessions. The registration form which outlines workshop fees and other information can be downloaded here
. We can also provide training to larger groups on a contracted basis. All funds raised from providing our training to our community partners is used to offset our internal staff training costs.
We have started work on the second part to our training and will be sharing news as soon as it is available to share with the larger community. We also plan to further partner with each of our member Nations to develop and provide Nation specific training. For more information about the training, please contact Lisa@csfs.org, Barby@csfs.org
or call (250) 562 3591.