Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Indigenous Education for Newcomers Launch Celebration Coming Soon

With the official launch celebration set for July 29th at the Genesis Centre, CFN is proud to be
 a part of the Indigenous Education for Newcomers Initiative, an initiative that addresses the historic injustice and trauma that has contributed to deep social, cultural, economic and spiritual challenges for Canada’s Indigenous people. Working in partnership with Making Treaty 7, University of Calgary, Calgary Police Services, Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, Calgary Immigrant Educational Society, and the 12 Community Safety Initiative, along with City Councillor Brian Pincott, Federal MP and Cabinet Minister Kent Hehr,  and Tim Fox of Calgary Foundationour ultimate goal is to support efforts aimed at ending cycles of systemic discrimination and abuse faced by Indigenous people through culturally appropriate educational workshops on Indigenous issues, meaningful partnerships that seek to create alliances for public education and awareness among both partners and within the broader community.

Workshop Facilitator Professor Dustin Louie 
One of the recommendations made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada is for the information kit for newcomers to be revised “to reflect a more inclusive history of the diverse Indigenous peoples of Canada including information about the Treaties and the history of residential schools” (TRC, 2015, p.10). This initiative seeks to narrow the information and knowledge gap that exists in newcomer populations in Calgary through educational workshops on Indigenous matters by forging meaningful partnerships with Calgary-based organizations to address challenges that Indigenous people face.

Making Treaty 7 ED Michèle Stanners
The initiative will combine culturally-appropriate educational workshops on matters identified by Indigenous people as relevant to newcomers’ understanding of the history of Canada’s Indigenous community. The workshops will include issues related to historic injustice and trauma and Indigenous peoples’ rich history and culture.

The rationale is that engaging in ongoing public dialogues, enhancing professional development and training for public servants, strengthening intercultural competency in Indigenous matters are all part of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s call to action aimed at addressing historic trauma and historic injustice of Canada’s Indigenous peoples (TRC, 2015)

This event is open to the public and admission is free. Use North entrance of the Genesis Centre for quick access. Lunch will be provided to the first 250 people to register. To RSVP simply CLICK HERE and stay tuned for more details coming soon!

Workshop Attendees @ CFN


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