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Indigenous Cultural Competency Training

Tuesday, August 13, 2019, 01:00pm - 04:00pm


What is Indigenous Cultural Competency Training

Culture is expressed in the worldviews of peoples from different backgrounds, lived experiences and histories. It is fostered through ones’ unique identification with ones’ values, beliefs, languages, and traditions. For Indigenous peoples this also includes a spiritual, social, physical, and emotional connection with the land.


Indigenous cultural competency refers to an effort to recognize, comprehend and appreciate the values, traditions and belief systems of Indigenous peoples that may be markedly different from ones’ own. Cultural competency requires the shifting of focus from the differences of Indigenous peoples, to how ones’ own beliefs, practices and histories have impacted the health and wellness, self-esteem, and the socio-economic wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples.

The importance of cultural competency is a necessary measure in the Calls to Action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report (TRC). In response, the University of Toronto commissioned the Answering the Call: Wecheehetowin Final Report of the Steering Committee for the University of Toronto Response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The Office of the Vice-President and Provost released the report. The core message from the TRC is that reconciliation will not come about without acknowledging Canada’s past relationships with Indigenous Peoples.


The Office of Indigenous Initiatives has developed an Indigenous cultural module that explores the relationships that have developed between Indigenous peoples and non-Indigenous peoples over the past 500 years. The ODLC enables the module delivery.



Location: ODLC Room 610
Presenter: John Croutch