Aboriginal Cultures Awareness

Workshop Registration Changes

The way you register for Aboriginal Health Programs workshops is changing. We are currently transitioning from WRHA’s Organization & Staff Development’s online system to the Learning Management System operated by Manitoba eHealth.

In the meantime we are offering telephone registration for our Aboriginal Cultures Awareness Workshops happening in November and December.

Upcoming Workshop Dates: November 22 & 23, December 13 & 14

Contact Information:  204-940-8737 or bflamand@wrha.mb.ca

Starting in 2017 all Aboriginal Health Programs’ workshops will be listed on LMS. You will need to create an LMS account in order to register for these workshops.

If you have additional questions or concerns please contact indigenoushealth@wrha.mb.ca or call 204-940-8881. You can always access a list of our workshops on our website at www.wrha.mb.ca/indigenous-health.

Thank you for your patience as we transition to this new system.

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ABORIGINAL CULTURES AWARENESS WORKSHOP

This two-day workshop introduces a basic knowledge of the world views, spiritual and cultural values of Aboriginal peoples, highlights historical and contemporary issues that influence Aboriginal peoples, and honours the rich diversities within Aboriginal communities.

As a result of attending this workshop participants will:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of Aboriginal cultures in a health care setting
  • Increase ability to provide culturally competent and proficient care
  • Gain knowledge to build a culturally respectful workplace

Attendance in this workshop is strongly recommended before taking the advanced level Aboriginal Health Programs - Health Education workshops.

The Aboriginal Cultures Awareness Workshop is open to all staff and affiliates employed within the Winnipeg Health Region.  Management support is required and it is necessary to attend the two days consecutively.


ABORIGINAL RETENTION for MANAGERS (formerly Honouring All Cultures in the Workplace)

A half day workshop designed in collaboration with Manitoba Blue Cross’s EAP Program, community stakeholders, and Aboriginal Health Programs – Health Education to provide information to support diversity in the workplace with an emphasis on an Aboriginal representative workforce. This workshop will enhance a participant’s understanding of the dynamics of Aboriginal employment and explore how workplace culture may affect the retention of Aboriginal staff.  Although ARM is intended to build upon the foundations of Aboriginal Cultures Awareness Workshop (ACAW), ACAW is not a pre-requisite.  The workshop explores themes and issues emerging from participant experiences to identify concrete and productive solutions, which may lead to:

  • Improved retention for Aboriginal employees
  • Create a workplace environment that values an individual’s diversity

Please inquire about group booking options and the delivery of workshops for departments or groups of 8 or more.

Questions? Please call
Administrative Assistant,
Aboriginal Health Programs – Health Education
Phone: 204-940-8737


CIRCLE OF CARE: Enhancing the Culture of Well-Being

This is a one day workshop for Service Providers in Mental Health. It aims to create discussion and provide information on establishing culturally safe environments and service provision for Aboriginal mental health clients.

Some topics include:

  • Understanding your own professional and personal culture-through self-reflection
  • Identify and explore issues that affect our well-being
  • Cultural safety and what this means for you as a mental health service provider and for Aboriginal people accessing services
  • Comparing and contrasting mental health service practices to Aboriginal approaches and world views

Pre-reading materials:
Bi-culturedness Effects on the Mental Health of Indigenous Peoples
Racial Microagressions in Everyday Life

This is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and approved by the University of Manitoba for a maximum of 5.5 credits. This program meets the accreditation criteria of the College and Family Physicians of Canada and has been accredited for up to 5.5 Mainpro-M1 credits. Participants should only claim credit for the actual number of hours attended.


TRADITIONAL ABORIGINAL TEACHINGS

Building on the existing WRHA Aboriginal Cultures Awareness Workshop, numerous traditional teachings have been handed down through generations. They include medicine, ceremonies and lessons on how to live a good life on mother earth.  Traditional Healers or Elders offer these teachings. This workshop is presented by and in partnership with WRHA and Circle of Life – Thunderbird House.

Participants attending this workshop will:

  • Obtain increased understanding and knowledge of Traditional Aboriginal Teachings in a health care setting
  • Develop increased understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal ceremonies
  • Increase ability to provide culturally competent and proficient care

* The Aboriginal Cultures Awareness Workshop is a prerequisite for this course *

Note:

This morning workshop is intended to accompany the afternoon workshop “Sweat Lodge Teachings.” Although not a prerequisite, attending the Sweat Lodge Teachings workshop is highly recommended.

 

SWEAT LODGE TEACHING

Building on the existing WRHA Aboriginal Cultures Awareness Workshop, the Sweat Lodge Teaching workshop will provide an opportunity to participate in a traditional sweat lodge. This half-day workshop is presented and delivered in partnership with the WRHA and Circle of Life – Thunderbird House.

As a result of attending this workshop participants will:

  • Be an active participant in a Traditional Sweat Lodge ceremony
  • Obtain increased understanding and knowledge of Traditional Aboriginal Teachings in a health care setting
  • Develop increased understanding and knowledge of Aboriginal ceremonies
  • Obtain information to assist in providing culturally competent and proficient care

* The Aboriginal Cultures Awareness Workshop is a prerequisite for this course *

Note:

This afternoon workshop is intended to accompany the morning workshop “Traditional Aboriginal Teachings.” Although not a prerequisite, attending the Traditional Aboriginal Teachings workshop is highly recommended.

 

PALLIATIVE CARE: ABORIGINAL PERSPECTIVE ON END OF LIFE

This workshop will explore Aboriginal perspectives on death and dying. As death is a natural part of life, it is also a significant part of our journey. We will explore traditional beliefs and values that may impact on how we, in western medicine, provide care. Both palliative care and the Medicine Wheel provide a holistic approach which includes the physical, motional, mental and spiritual needs of the individual, family members and community. This approach aligns with all cultural beliefs and values, yet at the same time respects individual perspective and needs.

Together we can learn how to enhance levels of communication so as to gain a deeper level of understanding of Aboriginal patients and their families. We want to ensure that all patients are able to receive care that meets the needs and expectations of their given situation.

 

Aboriginal Health Policy Workshop

This workshop is designed to provide decision makers within the organization the tools to effectively make change, understand the obligation and accountability of management and board members to make a difference for all staff members of WRHA and affiliates.

Participants who enroll in this workshop will experience the following:

  • Increase understanding of health policy and how it impacts Aboriginal patients and families
  • Raise awareness of Aboriginal historical issues that have contributed to today’s inequalities for Aboriginal peoples within “systems” and institutional and social racism.

Participants may include but not be limited to WRHA board members, all levels of management and Aboriginal Health Human Resources to the board (AHHR).

Pre-reading for workshop:

Interview Jones
Levels of Racism
Culturally Competent Health Care Systems

 


For questions about any of our programs, please call:

Administrative Assistant

Aboriginal Health Programs – Health Education

Phone: 204-940-8881

For training location and parking info click here

 


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