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Allying with Indigenous Peoples - Cultural Solutions
Hull Services - Cultural Hall
Calgary, AB
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Allying with Indigenous Peoples - Cultural Solutions
Course Objectives:

This training is intended to provide professionals who are interested in expanding their knowledge on working with Indigenous peoples through an educational and experiential opportunity.  Over three and a half days (3.5), participants will gain a deeper understanding, and personal experience on Indigenous history and perspectives through various traditional teachings and protocols, and how these relate to the delivery of human services with Indigenous service users. As previous participants said,

Reg and Rose are also incredible teachers and knowledge holders. They are presenting concepts that are difficult for white mind thinkers to grasp. I am really gaining some amazing insight. I am excited to carry forward in my work, and hopefully build upon.

The intimacy and sharing of the stories will be treasured. I loved how the facilitators not only welcomed you to the learnings, but also their personal stories. During the beaks the teachings continued. Thank you for that. I will share what I can, and look forward to many more teaching  Thank you - May 2016.

Day 1:
9:00 am  12:00 pm (Dr. Reg Crowshoe)
           Opening Prayer and Introductions
           Teachings and Protocol
12:00 pm  1:00 pm
           Opening Feast (Provided by Team)
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm          
The process and impact of Colonization (Liza Lorenzetti)
The role of allies in de-colonization ( Liza Lorenzetti)

Day 2:
9:00 am  12:00 pm
Smudge & Prayer
Cultural Who (Dr. Reg Crowshoe)
Identifying Worldviews
Identifying Cultural Confusion
12:00 pm  1:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:00 pm  4:00 pm
Cultural What (Dr. Reg Crowshoe)
Cultural Interpretation and Parallel Meaning
Cultural Regulated System  Avoiding Cultural Confusion
Blackfoot Ceremony in the afternoon/evening

Day 3:
9:00 am  12:00 pm
           Smudge and prayer
           Sharing Circle
Trauma Theory, Attachment, and Brain Development (Kerrie Moore)
12:00 pm  1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm  4:00 pm
The value of First Nations Music, Ceremonial Songs, Dance and Drumming in cultural programming/ healing (Adrian Goulet)
Cultural programming in the urban context

Day 4:
9:00 am  12:00 pm
           Smudge and prayer
           Cultural How (Dr. Reg Crowshoe)
Cultural Solutions, process and direction
Implementation and Cultural skills development

      Closing Ceremony and Feast


Dr. Reg Crowshoe is a Spiritual/Cultural Advisor. As former Chief of the Piikani Nation, and Ceremonial Grandparent, Dry. Reg Crowshoe is also known as Awakaaseena, meaning Deer Chief in the Blackfoot language. This was also his grandfathers name. Reg is from the Piikani Nation in Southern Alberta. As an Elder and a Bundle Keeper, his father Joe Crowshoes teachings were instrumental to Piikani cultural preservation. His mothers side was from the Nez Perce Nation in Idaho. The Piikani people took in his ancestors when they came to Canada, to escape being forced onto a reservation in the southwestern United States.

Reg finds strength in the ceremonies and teachings of his parents and grandparents. They passed on transferred rights, or traditional authorities, that he is responsible for today as a ceremonial Grandparent. He runs ceremonies of the Thunder Pipe, the Sun Dance, and the Brave Dog Society, as a part of his traditional lineage and Blackfoot identity.

For white mans knowledge he was brought to the St. Cypriot Anglican Residential School on the Peigan Reserve. Before he went to school, he spoke the Blackfoot language, and believed in his grandparents ways. When he went to residential school, he was lost  the system did not reflect his belief system in any way. Reg does give credit to the value of the education he received through the residential schools, including the ability to read and write.

Reg later attended the University of Calgary, receiving an honorary degree. He joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and worked on several reserves in Saskatchewan before returning to work with the Peigan Band departments, and with the Province of Alberta in developing the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump heritage site. He has also developed cultural courses with the University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge, and has co-authored numerous works, including Akak-stiman and Science in the Native Community.

Liza Lorenzetti is an instructor, researcher and PhD candidate in the Faculty of Social Work, at the University of Calgary. She is from Italian heritage, born in Montreal Quebec. As a social work practitioner and activist for the past 25 years, her work in the area of social change has focused on gender-based violence, racism and poverty, decolonization, and peace-building. She believes in the interconnectedness of all oppressions and the importance of doing ones own personal work as the root for social change. She is also passionate about preserving and enhancing civic engagement, social responsibility, and the commons  public spaces for inquiry, acts of kindness, resource sharing and democratization. Lizas teaching approach is grounded in popular education and liberatory pedagogy. The intent is to support learners on their journeys to developing and acting upon critical and collective consciousness that will help transform our world into a place of peace, social justice and belonging.

Kerrie Moore MSW, RSW, Cree/Métis is originally from Saskatchewan. Kerrie is in Private Practice, specializes in trauma and grief, and has extensive experience and training in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Kerrie has worked for over 20 years as a consultant, educator and clinical practitioner in the fields of Justice, Child Welfare, Health Canada, Education, Veterans Affairs and Community Development. Kerrie is a facilitator providing workshops for the University of Calgary, agencies who work with Aboriginal people and with the Calgary Homeless Foundation. She is an integrative psychotherapist and incorporates both Traditional and Bio-Medical methodology in her practice. Kerrie is acknowledged and accepted as a Spiritual Advisor and Knowledge Keeper. Kerrie is a recipient of the Alumna of the Year Award 2008, from the University of Calgary, Women's Resource Center.

Adrian Goulet was born in Quesnel British Columbia to a Métis Father and Cree Mother, whose Aboriginal ancestry is from both Northern Alberta and British Columbia. Adrian was raised under mothers lineage, with the morals and values that created the foundation for his life and making him into the person he is today. Using these teachings he has been successful in both academics and employment, and currently is the Director Mahegun Tails Inc., Project Manager  Circle of Supports (YMCA BGCC USAY), Cultural Coordinator for Métis Calgary Family Services, and Pow-wow Lead for the 2015-2016 Aboriginal Awareness Week Committee.

Living in the Calgary community for over 30 years Adrian has adapted his traditional skills into his new surroundings, such as drumming, singing and dancing which has always been one of his passions. Adopted by a Blackfoot Family (Turning Robe) he uses all of his teachings and passes these down to the youth of the Calgary community. Adrian was also the winner of the 2006 Dr. Douglas Cardinal Award, awarded by the Native Center and First Nations Student Association, (UofC) to recognize and honor significant achievement as a professional person from the Aboriginal Community.

For more information:
E-mail: Adrian Goulet: maheguntails@shaw.ca or
Katie Monilaws: katiem@alignab.ca  
Phone: 780-428-3660


Hull Services - Cultural Hall (View)
2266 Woodpark Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2W 2Z8



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Owner: ALIGN
On BPT Since: Sep 20, 2013
Katie Monilaws

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