Aboriginal Awareness Training for Cultural Leaders

In order to serve the people of Saskatchewan, cultural leaders need to understand the diversity of cultures that make up our population.  In Saskatchewan, First Nations and Métis peoples make up approximately 16% of the population and this percentage continues to grow.  As part of its work to support the growth of inclusive cultural organizations, SaskCulture is hosting two, full-day Aboriginal Awareness Training sessions taking place:
In Regina:
October 24, 2014
Conexus Arts Centre, BC Room
10 am – 4 pm – registration opens at 9:30 am
In Saskatoon:
October 25, 2014
Wanuskewin Heritage Park
10 am – 4 pm – registration opens at 9:30 am
Sessions are limited to 30 spaces each.  There is no charge for the session and lunch is provided.   Organizations are encouraged to ask a board member to attend and should limit their attendance to two people per member organization. Registration is required by October 20, 2014 for catering arrangements. Also, please let SaskCulture know of any cancellations – a waitlist will be kept if sessions fill up.
Register online here.
Why Attend?
These full-day sessions will help executive directors, program staff, board members and other volunteers, understand the complexity of the Aboriginal cultures in Saskatchewan, and learn ways to increase participation by First Nations and Metis peoples in all areas of cultural programming in the province.  Facilitators will create a relaxed environment where attendees feel comfortable discussing Aboriginal issues that are relevant to them both personally and professionally.  Use of interactive games, quizzes and humour are part of this pleasant learning experience.  This session is an important step to ensuring that inclusiveness is front of mind for staff and volunteers working in the culture sector.
The session will be delivered by John Lagimodiere, president and owner of  ACS Aboriginal Consulting Services and Eagle Feather News, has delivered numerous Aboriginal awareness seminars over the past 15 years.   John’s great, great, great, great grandmother, Marie Anne Lagimodiere, Louis Riel’s grandmother, was the first white woman to settle in western Canada. John has extensive knowledge of Aboriginal history and the background on many relevant issues for both First Nations and Metis cultures.    And, as a business owner and employer of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, John is aware of the challenges faced by organizations working to engage First Nations and Métis people.
For more information, contact the SaskCulture office at 306-780-9284, or email: saskculture.info@saskculture.ca.