Gabegendaadowin (Gah-Bay-Gun-DAH-Doh-Win) means mutual respect, thoughtfulness, care, consideration, and awareness for others. This two-day training program features an Indigenous-developed, designed, and delivered curriculum that will guide course participants through modules that will benefit each unique participant, their organization, and their wider community.
This program was originally developed as a partnership between Algoma University and the Sault Ste. Marie Police Services, explains Paul Sayers, Manager, Indigenous Community Relations, Training and Development at Algoma University. “Gabegendaadowin was originally known as SHIFT, for Shifting Indigenous Frontline Tactics. As we built and expanded the program we realized that it’s not only police officers who can benefit from this training. We’ve adapted the curriculum significantly to reflect many other sectors including – but not limited to healthcare, education, resource development, and any industry that operates in Indigenous communities, provides services to Indigenous communities, or hires Indigenous people – they all can learn something from Gabegendaadowin.”
The rebranded and updated program launched on June 7th, 2023, the first week of National Indigenous History Month. Training sessions can be booked through Algoma University and features Core Training Modules that review Culture and Ceremony, Treaty Relationships, the Indian Act, Intergenerational Trauma and Resilience, TRC Calls to Action, and the development of a Personal Reconciliation Plan for program participants.
Algoma encourages inquiries from organizations and businesses from any industries with front-line service staff who work directly with Indigenous people; employ an Indigenous workforce; work, or want to partner with Indigenous communities; or those who are embarking on their own pathway to Truth and Reconciliation.
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