FULL! Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples™

Presented by: 
Bob Joseph
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 9:00am
Point Grey Campus
AMS Nest (new student union building), 6133 University Blvd., Performance Theatre
Focus Area: Communicating in the Workplace

Program Summary

In this training our goal is to help participants get beyond Indigenous awareness to practical skills and tools that can be applied everywhere.

Indigenous issues like land claims and self-government represent some of the biggest change, challenges, risks and exciting opportunities for organizations today. With some tried and proven approaches individuals and organizations can position themselves to take advantage of the major change under way in Canada now. We provide a review of historical events and their relation to the present economic environment; explore critical issues of taxation, housing, and education; show how working with Indigenous Peoples can enhance your career and business; and help you understand cross-cultural perspectives.

Purpose of the Training:

  • Provide an explanation of why to work with Indigenous Peoples at all
  • Provide a safe environment to explore complex Indigenous issues in a non-confrontational way
  • Provide safe opportunity to see both sides of the debate
  • Help participants sift through rhetoric to find creative solutions to their workplace challenges
  • Provide reference material in the form of the book, Working Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples®
  • Allow you to share your expertise with others and vise versa
  • Assist in enhancing the credibility of your services
  • Provide techniques to help you work more effectively with Indigenous peoples and communities
  • Give participants the opportunity to practice and use newly acquired skills immediately
  • Cover key things to say and not say when working in this complex environment
  • Focus on how to develop relationships and why

What you will learn:

  • Review historical events and their relation to the present day
  • Learn cultural and linguistic information about First Nations, Inuit, Metis Peoples
  • Become familiar with demographic information
  • Review major court cases and their implication
  • Begin to understand the cross-cultural perspectives of the same issue
  • Be familiar with terminology and know what terms to use in different situations
  • Explore business reasons for developing Indigenous relations
  • Explore individual and organizational strategies for developing Indigenous Relations

Session Agenda:

Historical Background of Indigenous Peoples

  • Pre-contact
  • Contact
  • Post Contact
  • Recent

Constitutional, Political and Legal Context

  • BNA, Indian Act, Other Legislation
  • Political Will
  • Legal Decisions

Modern Treaties, Indigenous Self-Government, Indigenous Population

  • Linguistic Differences
  • Hereditary and Elected Chiefs
  • Census Statistics
  • Reserves
  • Indigenous Youth
  • Forces Affecting the Indigenous Population

Aboriginal Population

  • Community Needs
  • Misconceptions, Perspectives & Realities

Aboriginal Understanding – Terms Business Case

  • Business Reasons for Indigenous Relations
  • Relationship building opportunities

Indigenous Consultation – Introduction

  • Risk, Consultation, Accommodation Model
  • Risk Assessment


  • Dos and Don’ts


This program is designed for those just starting out to those who have been working with Indigenous people or communities for years. There are a numbers of ways participants may work with Indigenous peoples, as a colleague, team member, manager, project lead, and human resources advisor. You might be working with Indigenous students, in government relations, community relations, communications, economic development, or research. Not sure if this program is right for you? Please contact sarah.muff@ubc.ca 

 About Your Facilitator

Bob Joseph, founder of Indigenous Corporate Training Inc., has provided training on Indigenous and Aboriginal relations since 1994. Bob, a certified Master Trainer, has assisted both individuals and organizations in building Indigenous or Aboriginal relations. His Canadian clients include all levels of government, Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, including the World Bank, small and medium sized corporate enterprises, and Indigenous Peoples. He has worked internationally for clients in the United States, Guatemala, Peru, and New Caledonia in the South Pacific. In 2006, Bob co-facilitated a worldwide Indigenous People’s roundtable in Switzerland which included participants from the United Nations, Australia, New Zealand, North, Central and South America, Africa, and the Philippines.

Bob has worked as an associate professor at Royal Roads University. He has an educational background in Business Administration and International Trade, and is a certified Master Trainer, who in May of 2001, was profiled in an annual feature called, “Training: the New Guard 2001” by the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) in their prestigious Magazine, “T + D”. Bob was one of nine trainers selected for the feature from over 70,000 members who from more than 100 countries and 15,000 organizations.

Bob is the author and co-author of books and resources relating to working with Aboriginal or Indigenous Peoples.

Bob is an Indigenous person, or more specifically a status Indian, and is a member of the Gwawaenuk Nation. The Gwawaenuk is one of the many Kwakwaka’wakw tribes located between Comox and Port Hardy on Vancouver Island and the adjacent mainland of British Columbia. He comes from a proud potlatch family and is an initiated member of the Hamatsa Society and son of a hereditary chief who will one day, in accordance with strict cultural laws, become a hereditary chief.

Event Details

Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples™
Facilitated by Bob Joseph
Wednesday November 23 2016
Time: 9:00am-4:15pm
Building: AMS Nest (New Student Union Building)
Address:  6133 University Blvd [MAP]
Room: The Performance Theatre or "Egg" (second floor across from 2306/09

To Register

This session is now full and the waitlist is closed.

We will be offering this program again in February/March.

  • Please note this session is available exclusively to AAPS members and there is no cost to attend
  • All registered attendees will receive a confirmation notice.
  • If you have been placed on the waitlist, you will receive a notice from AAPS PD
  • Please review your email carefully to clarify if you are registered for the event or on the wait list
  • If sessions are popular and well-received, we will repeat them at a later date


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