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Indigenous & Intercultural Awareness Course

/Indigenous & Intercultural Awareness Course

BCIT has partnered with the Lílw̓at7ul Nation in Mount Currie, BC and the Whistler Institute to bring you a custom Indigenous & Intercultural Awareness Training program.

This educational workshop is led by expert facilitators and provides local employers and staff the background and tools needed to recruit, train, and retain local Indigenous community members.

Students are exposed to Indigenous history as well as the culture and traditions of the Lílw̓at7ul. Theories of intercultural competency and communication styles are explored as a way to develop cross cultural leadership tools intended to support a diverse and indigenized workplace. Students will apply the acquired knowledge via case studies, online discussions, reflective writing and a culminating project relevant to their business/organization.

The course is designed to be held face-to-face with physical distancing and safety measures taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. A digital version of the course is available to allow for online delivery when in-person is not possible. The in-person course is split into two parts over three days, however, participants are not required to complete both parts.

In-Person Course Details

Part 1 (one day, 7.5 hours)

  1. Creating a safe and inclusive space
  2. Histories of the Líl̓wat7ul
  3. Cultural practices of the Líl̓wat7ul

Part 2 (two days, 11 hours)

  1. Cultural competency
  2. Cross-cultural leadership
  3. Review
  4. Practical workplace tools

The goals of the full program (part 1 and 2) are to:

  • Build long lasting sustainable relationships between communities
  • Develop meaningful employment for Indigenous people within the business community
  • Educate employers to make the workplace an environment where Indigenous people can thrive
  • Provide employers with tools to successfully find, hire, retain Indigenous staff
  • Develop a road map to successful hiring, communication, training, retention
  • Encourage collaboration to overcome barriers to employment, e.g. transportation
  • Develop a working community that represents the population
  • Enhance business culture
  • Celebrate culture and differences
  • Allow employees to learn respectful communication and understanding
  • Stop perpetuating bias and stereotypes

The Whistler Institute will be hosting public offerings of the course when public health orders allow for in-person training. If you would like to be notified when courses are scheduled and they become available to register, please sign up here.

Contact BCIT today for group pricing and to sign your team up for the Indigenous & Intercultural Training program.
Email: Sonia_Dhaliwal116@bcit.ca
Phone: 604-456-8018

Current offerings reflect the Lil’wat Nation.  However, we are working with individual Indigenous communities to develop custom programs that reflect their unique communities.

Looking for the Whistler Learning Centre? We have changed our name to the Whistler Institute.
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