Indigenous Learning Series
To commemorate National Indigenous History Month June 2022, the Canada School of Public Service is featuring some of the latest products of the Indigenous Learning Team. Check out our Celebrating National Indigenous History Month web page to learn more.
Understanding cultures: let's talk
Under the themes of Recognition, Respect, Relationships and Reconciliation, the Indigenous Learning Series provides access to resources, courses, workshops and events on the history, heritage, cultures, rights and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, as well as on their varied and long-standing relationships with the Crown.
The School offers a growing suite of resources that will help you increase your cultural skills and awareness of issues related to First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples in Canada, as well as the role and responsibilities of the Government of Canada towards these peoples.
Online foundational courses (self-paced)
- Reflecting on Cultural Bias: Indigenous Perspectives (IRA101)
With a focus on understanding Indigenous Peoples, this online self-paced course demystifies the idea of unconscious cultural bias and explores issues of prejudice and discrimination.
- The Uncomfortable Truth (IRA102)
This course presents the difficult facts about the historical relationship between the Government of Canada and Indigenous peoples.
- First Nations in Canada (IRA103)
This course looks at some of the governance structures, traditions and current realities of First Nations and their relationships with the Government of Canada.
- Métis in Canada (IRA104)
This course provides a brief introduction to Métis people and the complexity of emerging Métis identity across Canada today.
- Inuit in Canada (IRA105)
This course provides a brief introduction to Inuit in Canada and helps you to better understand the relationship between Inuit and the Government of Canada.
- Taking Steps Towards Indigenous Reconciliation (IRA107)
This online self-paced course supports the government's commitment to the value and outcomes of reconciliation by exploring in depth the four themes featured throughout the Indigenous Learning Series: recognition, respect, relationships, and reconciliation.
- Understanding Consultation and Engagement in a Time of Reconciliation
This job aid provides a comprehensive overview of the federal government's legal obligations in regards to consultation with Indigenous Peoples.
- The Reconciliation Path
Be part of the change by getting actively involved in reconciliation! This interactive job aid offers resources and practical ideas on how to be an active participant in the reconciliation process.
- Government Policies and the Impacts on Indigenous Peoples in Canada
This job aid is a comprehensive presentation of key policies and legislation that have had a significant impact on Indigenous Nations from the time of first contact to the present day.
- First Nations Storytelling
This job aid provides information on the First Nations worldview of storytelling. It contains general information on the importance of storytelling in the oral tradition and how it is maintained by passing the information along from generation to generation.
- Working with Indigenous Communities: A Guide on Cultural Protocols
Designed to help public service employees understand the importance of existing protocols in Indigenous communities.
- The Impact of Colonialism on Indigenous Peoples in Canada: A Historical Timeline
A learning tool that explores the history of the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the Crown in Canada.
- Indigenous E-Learning: Tools and resources
A list of tools and resources to support those looking to expand their knowledge of Indigenous Peoples, to better understand the realities of their lives, and the role of the public service in advancing reconciliation.
- Indigenous Languages in Canada and the International Decade of Indigenous Languages
This job aid draws attention to the critical loss of Indigenous languages in Canada and around the world and offers resources to help increase awareness of the urgent need to preserve, revitalize, and promote these languages.
- Reading List on Current Indigenous Topics
This reference tool provides a list of readings that support current understandings of the experiences of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis in Canada.
- Reconciliation: The Fundamentals (Primer and Guide)
Both resources aim to equip public servants with a basic understanding of reconciliation, and to inform how they approach their work.
- Territorial Acknowledgment
Ideas and tips on how to acknowledge Indigenous territories before meetings.
- Timeline of Influential Indigenous Women
Timeline of over 150 influential First Nations, Inuit and Métis women, recognizing the vital roles and contributions of Indigenous women to Canadian society.
- Understanding What Is Behind an Expression
This reference tool provides the cultural and historical context of a number of common expressions and explains why they may reinforce negative stereotypes, racial profiling, prejudice, stigma and discrimination against Indigenous Peoples.
- Sitting by the Fire
This podcast series offers topics that will expand your knowledge of First Nations, the Inuit and Métis.
- Call to Action 57: A Duty of Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples for all public servants
Under the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action 57, all federal public servants have a duty to learn about the history and reality of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This short video explains why and how your involvement as a public servant can help the reconciliation effort.
- Video Testimonials: Indigenous Employees
This new video platform offers short testimonials from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis public service employees. Our colleagues share with us their cultures, their challenges, their languages, their dreams, and their perceptions as Indigenous persons and public service employees today.
- Territorial Acknowledgement
Learn about the territorial acknowledgement's meaning and how to adopt this uniting ritual.
- Finding Health Equity for First Nations Children
In this video, Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Ph.D., Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the International Institute for Society and Health, discuss the pursuit of equity for First Nations children in the context of Jordan's Principle and the Pan American Health Organization's recent report Just Societies: Health Equity and Dignified Lives.
- Marking the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
September 30 is now recognized as a federal statutory day of commemoration. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the tragic history of residential schools and honour their Survivors by engaging in reconciliation activities within our communities. Guest speakers share their thoughts and insights on what those experiences mean for Indigenous Peoples in Canada and for us all as we continue the journey towards truth and reconciliation.
- Celebrating Louis Riel Day: Métis Realities
Learn about the current issues, challenges and opportunities facing Métis communities as they build constructive relationships and support reconciliation efforts with other Indigenous Peoples.
- Elder Talk: Exploring Identity
Elder Gerry Oleman, a member of the St'at'imc Nation in British Columbia talks about how identity is formed both collectively and for each individual, how identity is imposed on us, and how we can also create our own identities. (Event held on January 13, 2021)
- Indigenous Leaders Panel
Indigenous leaders discuss how the public service should be approaching its mandate for reconciliation.
- The Indigenous Learning Series Trailer
A collection of video clips of Indigenous leaders and public servants discussing the meaning of reconciliation.
- Many Eagle Set Dance Song (Michif Song)
This is the story of the "Many Eagle Set Sundance Song" as told by Folklorist and Author Nicholas Vrooman.
- The Memoirs of Russell Moses, Residential School Survivor
John Moses speaks about his father Russell Moses' childhood experiences in a residential school.
- The Path of Reconciliation
A collection of video clips of Indigenous leaders and executives of the Public Service of Canada discussing the path of reconciliation.
- Reconciliation Through the Arts
Video clips of artists, Indigenous leaders and public servants discussing the role of the arts in the reconciliation process.
- Truth and Reconciliation (with the Honourable Murray Sinclair)
The Honourable Murray Sinclair discusses the legacy of the Canadian government's policy towards Indigenous people, and the path towards reconciliation.
- What does Indigenous mean?
From 'Indian' to 'Indigenous': the historical pursuit of one umbrella term that applies to all.
- Why I Joined the Public Service
Indigenous public servants share their experiences and advice with Indigenous youth new to the public service.
Our Cultural Centre
Most of the courses in the Indigenous Learning Series are offered at our Cultural Centre (Canada Room), located at 111 Sussex Drive in Ottawa.
Connect with us
Contact the Indigenous Learning Team for questions or comments. Tell us what topics you would like to see and how we can best help you by emailing: email@example.com.