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The Certificate in Indigenous Cultural Awareness

Offered by the Parliament’s Indigenous Working Group and First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI)

One-Day Certification Available on Indigenous Peoples' Programming Scheduled

at the 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions November 2 - 6, 2018 

Ask yourself:

  • How can I contribute to Reconciliation with Indigenous people?
  • Am I interested in learning more about Indigenous people, their communities, and their Nations?
  • Have you always had a fascination with Indigenous culture? 
  • Do I work closely or want to work closely with Indigenous people?

The 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto may be your starting point to discovering a renewed appreciation of Indigenous worldview and taking an important step to Reconciliation action.

The Indigenous Peoples’ Program of the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions is offering a Certificate in Indigenous Cultural Awareness. This full-day offering (minimum 8 hours) will provide a wide-ranging and informative primer into Indigenous peoples of the world, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Canada.

Developed by the Toronto-based Indigenous Steering Committee, their mission is to develop an inclusive and diverse program that creates awareness of Indigenous spiritual and faith traditions to all those attending the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions. The Steering Committee consists of knowledgeable Indigenous people and cultural-practitioners from nations across Turtle Island, and led by representatives of Indigenous traditional societies.

Diane Longboat 

Bob Goulais

For more information contact: Tuesday Johnson-MacDonald, Indigenous Program Coordinator at tapresources@bellnet.ca or 519 445 1794

How to Register?

One Day Registration - Approximately $225 CAD

Two Day Registration - Approximately $275 CAD (Certification + Bonus Parliament Day)

Full Parliament Registration and Certification - Approximately $615 CAD  with Automatic Discount for Canadian Registrants

Already registered? Add the Certification for $150 CAD

About FNTI

The Certificate in Indigenous Cultural Awareness is issued by First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) one of the foremost Indigenous post-secondary institutes in Ontario. First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI) is a First Nation owned and governed educational institute specializing in applying Indigenous knowledge to both formal and informal learning experiences. Many of our programs and services are delivered at locations across Ontario.

For more than 30 years, FNTI has played an essential role in making post-secondary education relevant for Indigenous students and communities. We work closely with our partners to build unique, cutting-edge Indigenous learning experiences and environments. Our post-secondary programs are offered in partnership with colleges and universities and are recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Suzanne Katsi'tsiarihshion Brant  who serves as President & CEO and provides leadership in Indigenous post-secondary education at First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI), shares why continuing education and ICA is important, “I see education as an opportunity to exchange gifts. We recognize that our learners come to us bearing special gifts and ways of knowing. As an Indigenous Institute, we provide the environment for learners to earn certificates, diplomas and degrees in an Indigenous culture.”

FNTI is accredited by the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC), and is a member of the Ontario Aboriginal Institutes Consortium and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).


About ICA Certificate Program

The Certificate in Indigenous Cultural Awareness (ICA) is issued by the Indigenous Working Group and FNTI. It will require registered ICA participants to attend and complete a minimum of eight (8) hours in the Indigenous Peoples’ Program of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. The ICA participant will register for a full-day of programming that could include elements of the following:

  • Daybreak Ceremony
  • A full-day of Indigenous Peoples’ programming
  • Access to the Parliament of the World’s Religions, including the Indigenous Peoples’ plenary (for those registering on November 2)
  • Over 60 Indigenous developed, led and delivered workshops, panels, film screenings and other content-specific sessions to choose from
  • Blanket Exercise
  • Water Walk and Water Ceremonies
  • The Lodge of Nations
    • A beautiful and important Indigenous sacred space that will be the centrepiece to the Indigenous Peoples’ program.
    • Ceremonies, teachings, prophecies, story-telling and sharing of Indigenous traditional knowledge

Registered ICA participants will be required to complete an attestation that they attended and understood the material presented after each session. FNTI and the IWG will monitor hours and progress throughout the day and upon completion of the daily program.

What is Indigenous Cultural Awareness?

Indigenous Cultural Awareness (ICA) refers to the development of knowledge, skills and improving the understanding of Indigenous people, culture, history and worldview. It goes beyond a typical academic approach to Indigenous awareness. It implies knowledge transfer from Indigenous peoples themselves through a cultural experience, Indigenous traditional knowledge learning within accepted contexts and protocols, including participation in knowledge sharing, teachings and in ceremony. In most cases, building Indigenous Cultural Awareness involves reaching the participant holistically, through immersion of the body, through the senses, the mind as well as reaching the spirit. It is a step towards Cultural Competency.

Who should Register?

The Certificate in Indigenous Cultural Awareness is recommended to those who work with, or are considering working with Indigenous peoples, and for those who are intent on furthering their commitment to Indigenous Reconciliation. Recommended participants include:

  • Public Servants
  • Managers and Directors
  • Corporate Officers
  • Service Providers
  • Not-for-Profit and Charities
  • Public Service organizations
  • Governmental Organizations
  • Any interested individuals or organizations

This Certificate in Indigenous Cultural Awareness is a step towards fulfilling your organization’s requirements for Indigenous Awareness or cultural competency training.

Cultural Wisdom from many Nations

The program will feature teachers, traditional Indigenous knowledge holders and Faith Keepers from many nations, including:

  • Anishinaabe (Mississauga, Ojibway, Chippewa, Odawa, Pottawatomi, Algonquin)
  • Haudenosaunee (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, Caguga, Tuscarora)
  • Métis
  • Cree (Mushkegowuk and Plains Cree)
  • Hawaiian
  • Maori
  • European Indigenous traditions
  • Hopi
  • Lena Lenape (Delaware)
  • Dene (Blackfoot)
  • Mi’kmaq
  • Maliseet
  • Apache
  • Choctaw
  • African Indigenous traditions
  • Karamojong (Uganda)
  • Cheyenne
  • Aleut
  • Maya
  • …and many more.


Workshop Topics and Titles

Depending on the day chosen, ICA participants will be able to choose from over 60 workshops, feature panels, presentations, film screenings and other content-specific sessions, including:

  • Impact of Colonization on the Health of Indigenous People in Canada
  • Lana Gets Her Talk: Documentary Film Presentation & Conversation
  • Ininew Pamatisiwin (Cree World View)
  • Indigenous Eden: New Perspectives on an Ancient Foundational Beliefs
  • The Twisted Roots of the Doctrines of Discovery
  • Sacred Fire Ceremony of the Tzs'utujil Maya
  • Iwi Kupuna: Caring for Our Ancestors
  • Your Place is an Indigenous Place: Using Digital Humanities to Illuminate and Assert
  • Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation
  • Anishinabe 101
  • Reclaiming the Indigenous Ethnic Religions of Europe
  • Why Spirit Matters: Expanding Our Sense of the Sacred
  • Reconciliation, Dialogue & Hope - An ongoing relationship with Canada's Indigenous Peoples
  • Reclaiming Our Indigenous Spirituality and Sacred Sites
  • Envisioning the Future through Indigenous Ceremony and Wisdom
  • Lifting the Spirit: Healing through our Connection to Sound Vibrations of the Human Voice
  • Sweat Lodge Teachings
  • Creation of Love
  • Tradition Bearers for Bio-cultural Diversity
  • Colorado Plateau: Sanctuary - A Message of Hope
  • Protection of Land and Sacred Sites
  • Climate Change
  • Traditional Medicine & Gardening
  • Spirit of the Environment and Stewardship of Mother Earth
  • Emerging Spirit: Transcending Colonization
  • Indigenous Eden: New Perspectives on an Ancient Foundational Beliefs
  • Reconciliation
  • Indigenous Women Leading Change Panel of Prominent Women
  • Water Rights for Indigenous Peoples
  • Native American Grave Protection
  • Sacred Feminine
  • Ancient Skills Workshop
  • Learning together through the Blanket Ceremony
  • Doctorate of Cultural Genocide, Intergenerational Trauma: The Way Forward
  • Intercultural Understanding & Awareness
  • Prophecies: Global Change & Emerging Civilizations
  • African Spirituality


ICA Program Cost

The cost of the Certificate in Indigenous Cultural Awareness program is $225 Canadian, which includes full-day access to the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the Lodge of Nations, and the Certificate program costs. 

For those registering for the full Parliament of World Religion and desire to obtain the certificate, an additional certificate fee of $150.00 Canadian will be required. 

One Day Registration - Approximately $225 CAD

Two Day Registration - Approximately $275 CAD (Cerficiation + Bonus Parliament Day)

Full Parliament Registration and Certification - Approximately $615 CAD  with Automatic Discount for Canadian Registrants