Indigenous Learning Initiative
Public servants can get training on the historical and current experiences of Indigenous peoples.
Providing introductory Indigenous training for public servants is part of the Alberta government’s commitment to implement principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
It also aligns with recommendation #57 of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action report, which calls upon all orders of government to provide education to public servants on the history of Indigenous peoples.
- skills-based training in intercultural competency
- conflict resolution
- human rights
Alberta’s public service is proud to work with Indigenous communities and organizations to build a stronger province for current and future generations.
Indigenous introductory training
Indigenous introductory training is a six-hour, in-person course that includes:
- an elder-led ceremony
- history from an indigenous perspective
- a sharing circle
- a discussion on reconciliation
- what reconciliation means in the Alberta government
Public service employees will learn about:
- First Nations
- Métis and Inuit experiences and perspectives
- residential schools
- treaties and contemporary issues
- how they can apply what they have learned to their work
The training was developed with the valuable input received through engagement with Indigenous communities and scholars, Alberta Public Service employees and representatives from Alberta’s agencies, boards and commissions.
An Indigenous Learning Panel with representation from Alberta Indigenous communities will provide ongoing input and advice to the Alberta government on Indigenous learning for public servants.
Engagement summary reports
The input from the engagement sessions has been compiled and summarized into 3 different reports:
- Executive Summary of Engagement
- Engagement Summary Report: Indigenous Community
- Engagement Summary Report: Indigenous Scholars
- Engagement Summary Report: APS, Agencies, Boards and Commissions
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (PDF, 160 KB)
- Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (PDF, 13 MB)
- Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action (PDF, 299 KB)
- Renewing the Relationship: Alberta’s implementation of the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
- Alberta marks UN Indigenous rights anniversary (September 13, 2017)
- Reconciliation at heart of UN Declaration on Indigenous rights (May 10, 2016)
- Alberta welcomes final report of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (December 15, 2015)
- Ministers on task to implement the objectives of UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights (July 9, 2015)