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North American Fundamentals (2 hours)


The goal of Indigenous Peoples; Fundamental Information on North America’s Past, Present, and Future is to empower individuals with the baseline knowledge and skills needed to participate in popular culture conversations, specifically related to Indigenous matters, both within and outside of the workplace.  It features the voice of Bryan Hansen’s grandmother, a survivor of white assimilation, to help anecdotally relate the content in a more connected manner. It includes Canadian and US content for a holistic overview of the situation of Indigenous Peoples in both countries, outlining similarities and differences as close neighbours.

Participants will leave this session with an assured sense of correct terminology and a better understanding of fundamental issues such as systemic racism and intergenerational trauma in the US and Canada, which may have blocked them from participating in past conversations on Indigenous topics.  Participants will learn how valuable it is for them to have a voice through knowledge empowerment, and most importantly, how their voices are needed now more than ever. 

Please note:  attendees will be confronted with historic and present day truths which may make them feel uncomfortable.  We address this in the presentation and discuss why it’s important to sit with being uncomfortable, while asking participants to contemplate why they may be feeling that way.  Once again, this is done in a respectable manner, in a safe learning environment.

The presentation covers:

  • Canadian and US Terminology
  • Unceded Territory, US Land Cession, Traditional Territory, and Treaties
  • The Indian Act
  • Residential School Legacies in Canada and the US
  • Truth & Reconciliation
  • Systemic Racism in Canada and the US
  • UNDRIP and SOWIP as they pertain to Canada and the US
  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (and Transgender and Two-Spirit) in Canada and the US
  • Organization Roles and Involvement (including takeaway actions for attendees in both countries to become involved in Reconciliation)

What People Are Saying:

Incredible session. Very powerful. Bryan was extremely knowledgable and motivating to want to be a voice that helps empower and bring much needed change to Canada and the world! Thank you!

Absolutely eye-opening. I realized how uninformed I was regarding Indigenous Peoples subject matters. Thank you for bringing this topic to light. Hard to fathom such atrocities and injustices. Kept my interest from beginning to end. Very informative and well done.

This was a highly informative and interesting presentation about Indigenous Peoples' recent history (past 100 years or so) in Canada and the United States. I particularly found the detailed definitions of words we hear often, but might not know exactly what these words or terms mean and the historical context behind them, very interesting. The facilitator was sincere, knowledgeable, and engaging.