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.

This includes:

  • skills-based training in intercultural competency
  • conflict resolution
  • human rights
  • anti-racism

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: