Aboriginal Cultures Awareness

Workshop Registration Changes

The way you register for Indigenous 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.

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INDIGENOUS CULTURAL AWARENESS WORKSHOP

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

As a result of attending this workshop participants will:

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

The Indigenous Cultural 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.


INDIGENOUS 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 Indigenous Health Programs – Health Education to provide information to support diversity in the workplace with an emphasis on an Indigenous representative workforce. This workshop will enhance a participant’s understanding of the dynamics of Indigenous employment and explore how workplace culture may affect the retention of Indigenous staff.  Although IRM is intended to build upon the foundations of Indigenous Cultures Awareness Workshop (ICAW), ICAW 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 Indigenous 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.


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 Indigenous 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 Indigenous people accessing services
  • Comparing and contrasting mental health service practices to Indigenous approaches and world views

Reading materials:
Bi-culturedness Effects on the Mental Health of Indigenous Peoples
Racial Micro-agressions in Everyday Life


TRADITIONAL INDIGENOUS TEACHINGS

Building on the existing WRHA Indigenous 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 Indigenous Teachings in a health care setting
  • Develop increased understanding and knowledge of Indigenous ceremonies
  • Increase ability to provide culturally competent and proficient care

* The Indigenous 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 Indigenous Cultural 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 Indigenous Teachings in a health care setting
  • Develop increased understanding and knowledge of Indigenous ceremonies
  • Obtain information to assist in providing culturally competent and proficient care

* The Indigenous Cultural 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: INDIGENOUS PERSPECTIVE ON END OF LIFE

This workshop will explore Indigenous 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.

 

Indigenous 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 has an impact on Indigenous patients and families
  • Raise awareness of Indigenous historical issues that have contributed to today’s inequalities for Indigenous people within “systems” and institutional and social racism.

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


For questions about any of our programs, please call:

Administrative Assistant

Indigenous Health Programs – Health Education

Phone: (204) 940-8880 or 1-877-940-8880 (toll free)

 


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