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Indigenous learning products

Understanding cultures: let's talk

Under the themes of Recognition, Respect, Relationships and Reconciliation, Indigenous Learning provides access to resources, courses, workshops and events on the history, heritage, cultures, rights and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, as well as on their varied and long-standing relationships with the Crown.

The School offers a growing suite of resources that will help you increase your cultural skills and awareness of issues related to First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada, as well as the role and responsibilities of the Government of Canada towards these peoples.

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Online foundational courses (self-paced)
Classroom courses
  • KAIROS Blanket Exercise (IRA140)
    The KAIROS Blanket Exercise will help public servants learn about and understand the shared history of Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada, including loss of Indigenous lands and cultural assimilation policies.
Virtual classroom courses
Courses for executives
  • Reflecting on Canada's Colonial History (IRA170)
    This course provides an overview of the key events that make up Crown-Indigenous relationships and that have historically had a negative impact on Indigenous populations.
  • Supporting Indigenous Talent (IRA171)
    This course for executives explores the barriers faced by Indigenous employees related to their recruitment, retention, well-being and career advancement within the federal public service.
  • Building Meaningful Relationships with Indigenous Peoples (IRA172)
    This course for executives offers a learning experience centered on the principles of traditional oral teachings and Indigenous leadership. Participants will gain insights on the importance of co-development practices in supporting reconciliation and of renewed partnerships with Indigenous Peoples.

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  • Sitting by the Fire
    This podcast series offers topics that will expand your knowledge of First Nations, the Inuit and Métis.


  • The Shared Responsibility of Implementing the Inuit Nunangat Policy
    This video provides participants with a brief history on the co-development of the Inuit Nunangat Policy, its elements, and intent.
  • Call to Action 57: A Duty of Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples for All Public Servants
    Under the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action 57, all federal public servants have a duty to learn about the history and reality of Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This short video explains why and how your involvement as a public servant can help the reconciliation effort.
  • Video Testimonials: Indigenous Employees
    This new video platform offers short testimonials from First Nations, Inuit, and Métis public service employees. Our colleagues share with us their cultures, their challenges, their languages, their dreams, and their perceptions as Indigenous persons and public service employees today.
  • Territorial Acknowledgement
    Learn about the territorial acknowledgement's meaning and how to adopt this uniting ritual.
  • Finding Health Equity for First Nations Children
    In this video, Dr. Cindy Blackstock, Ph.D., Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, and Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the International Institute for Society and Health, discuss the pursuit of equity for First Nations children in the context of Jordan's Principle and the Pan American Health Organization's recent report Just Societies: Health Equity and Dignified Lives.
  • Marking the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
    September 30 is now recognized as a federal statutory day of commemoration. The day provides an opportunity to reflect on the tragic history of residential schools and honour their Survivors by engaging in reconciliation activities within our communities. Guest speakers share their thoughts and insights on what those experiences mean for Indigenous Peoples in Canada and for us all as we continue the journey towards truth and reconciliation.
  • Celebrating Louis Riel Day: Métis Realities
    Learn about the current issues, challenges and opportunities facing Métis communities as they build constructive relationships and support reconciliation efforts with other Indigenous Peoples.
  • Elder Talk: Exploring Identity
    Elder Gerry Oleman, a member of the St'at'imc Nation in British Columbia talks about how identity is formed both collectively and for each individual, how identity is imposed on us, and how we can also create our own identities. (Event held on January 13, 2021)
  • Indigenous Leaders Panel
    Indigenous leaders discuss how the public service should be approaching its mandate for reconciliation.
  • Indigenous Learning Series Trailer
    A collection of video clips of Indigenous leaders and public servants discussing the meaning of reconciliation.
  • Many Eagle Set Sundance Song (Michif Song)
    This is the story of the "Many Eagle Set Sundance Song" as told by Folklorist and Author Nicholas Vrooman.
  • The Memoirs of Russell Moses, Residential School Survivor
    John Moses speaks about his father Russell Moses' childhood experiences in a residential school.
  • The Path of Reconciliation
    A collection of video clips of Indigenous leaders and executives of the Public Service of Canada discussing the path of reconciliation.
  • Reconciliation Through the Arts
    Video clips of artists, Indigenous leaders and public servants discussing the role of the arts in the reconciliation process.
  • Truth and Reconciliation, with the Honourable Murray Sinclair
    The Honourable Murray Sinclair discusses the legacy of the Canadian government's policy towards Indigenous people, and the path towards reconciliation.
  • What Does Indigenous Mean?
    From 'Indian' to 'Indigenous': the historical pursuit of one umbrella term that applies to all.
  • Why I Joined the Public Service
    Indigenous public servants share their experiences and advice with Indigenous youth new to the public service.
  • Introduction to Procurement Obligations in the Nunavut Settlement Area
    This video introduces the Directive on Government Contracts, Including Real Property Leases, in the Nunavut Settlement Area and the government-wide approach to providing Inuit firms with fair and reasonable opportunities to submit bids on government contracts.
  • Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Indigenous Procurement
    This event recording addresses the importance of strengthening the relationships between the federal government and Indigenous businesses and describes ways to create mutually beneficial contracting arrangements.
  • Understanding Indigenous Realities: Revitalization and Reconciliation
    This video addresses the injustices endured by Indigenous Peoples in Canada, including the residential school system, forced relocations, and the ongoing repression of Indigenous rights, while also highlighting how courage and determination have catalyzed the reconciliation movement of today.

Our Cultural Centre

Most of the courses in the Indigenous Learning Series are offered at our Cultural Centre (Canada Room), located at 111 Sussex Drive in Ottawa.

Interior of Cultural Centre (Canada Room)

Connect with us

Contact the Indigenous Learning Team for questions or comments. Tell us what topics you would like to see and how we can best help you by emailing:

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