The workshop is hosted by the Indigenous Perspectives Society: Centre of Excellence in Community Education (IPS). IPS offers Building Local Relationships as part of their Cultural Perspectives Training (CPT) to help governments, organizations, businesses, and individuals deepen their understanding and develop actionable ideas to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.
The course details are also provided on the Indigenous Perspectives Society website.
- Identifying examples where decision-making opportunities in the workplace can be affected by assumptions and bias.
- Identifying examples of how known and assumed privilege can impact relationships and communication with Indigenous families.
- Defining cultural safety, identify what culturally safe practices look like, and how they can be introduced to the work place.
Associate Director, Indigenous Perspectives Society
Connie Martin is from the K’omoks First Nation on her maternal side, her late mother’s name is Leslee Martin, and her late grandmother was Mable Frank. Her grandparents, Richard and Catherine Wilson raised her mother and herself. On her father’s side she is German and Swedish, and her late father’s name is Gary Martin. Her paternal grandparents are the late Maggie Martin and Charlie Martin. Connie comes to Indigenous Perspectives Society with previous experience as a social worker both for the Ministry of Children and Family Development, and for a Delegated Aboriginal Agency. She has also worked in the non-profit sector for over ten years with Indigenous children and their families from all over Canada. She is a passionate advocate for education and learning cultural practices, and western academia. She has worked to earn an Associate Arts Degree in Aboriginal Studies, a Bachelor of Social Work Degree with Indigenous and Child Welfare specializations, and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Connie is inspired by the beauty in our communities, and the days yet to come where Indigenous people are exercising more of their inherent rights to support children and families.