Through a combination of interactive PowerPoint, oral storytelling, and the importance of ceremony, participants will gain an applied understanding of current and historical Indigenous issues through interactive exercises designed to create a multi-step authentic learning experience. The current barriers that prevent cultural understanding will be examined, such as: lack of knowledge, personal and societal mental models as well as ways that all Canadians could move forward in integrating the principles of reconciliation into their lives and the organizations they work with.
Small class size will enable an intimate environment of immersion in “doing” rather than “reading”. Role-play helps to personalize and sharpen our critical thinking, and develop an appreciation of the subtleties of our biases and deepen our self-understanding, self-awareness and compassion.
The day concludes with participants framing an answer to the question “What is reconciliation.” A well framed answer to this question will act as a beacon attracting companions that care enough to join in the journey.
The interaction is designed around four topics.
- Indigenous Ceremony and Protocol
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During this one-day course, participants will...
- Come to their own personal interpretation of what reconciliation means to them and the ways in which they can bring this interactive experience into their work going forward.
- Realize the importance of Indigenous ceremony and protocol and its place in the engagement process.
- Understand and discover personal biases currently affecting our critical thinking.
Trainer: Lloyd Ewenin & Greg Kozokowsky
Lloyd Ewenin achieved his BA in Aboriginal history through the University of Calgary in 1991. Witnessing first-hand the challenges and struggles of Indigenous Peoples and the effects of residential schools and intergenerational trauma, Ewenin educates using the same principles, ideals and beliefs mandated by the TRC and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)
Ewenin educates and creates awareness of historical and contemporary issues, while having a strong emphasis on spiritual and cultural perspectives of both urban and rural Indigenous settings. Ewenin understands and articulates complex issues and his role as a consultant leads to effective communication and solutions. He has created educational and cultural programs for Correctional Services Canada, Calgary District Parole Offices, University of Calgary, (Faculty of Medicine), Alberta Health Services, Bow Valley College and works with several not-for-profit organizations. Ewenin has experience working with Indigenous youth, men, women and elders.
Greg Kozokowsky , B.Sc. Eng., worked for the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER), previously the Energy Resources Conservation Board (ERCB), as a geological engineer during the ‘80’s and ‘90’s. He was involved in the development of enhanced oil sands technologies as well as the regulation and implementation of applications for experimental and commercial projects. He was involved in several public hearings regarding development and environmental impact.
Shortly after leaving the AER, elder Lloyd Ewenin introduced Kozokowsky to Indigenous ways through the sweat lodge and has been a mentor and friend for over 25-years. Kozokowsky has dedicated himself to helping others through Indigenous practices. His unique perspective and authentic style of curriculum instruction, allows him valuable insight and understanding of communication between cultures.
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