Canadian Indigenous History and Cultural Sensitivity
What you'll learn
- What Canada and the First Peoples looked like pre-contact.
- The historical implications of colonization, Indian reserves, treaties, and residential schools.
- The proper protocol when working with Indigenous communities.
- There are no prerequisites, but students are encouraged to take notes on the lessons to improve their retention of information.
For the past ten years Holly Fortier (Cree/Dene from Ft. McKay First Nation, Alberta) has traveled across Canada facilitating Indigenous Awareness training courses for government agencies, major corporations, educational institutions and many other groups.
At the request of individuals who were unable to attend her classroom groups, she has created this comprehensive online course to accommodate those wish to educate themselves in Indigenous relations, cultural practices, and the historical impact of colonization.
Who this course is for:
- Those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of Canadian Indigenous culture, traditions, and history.
- Professionals who work closely with Canadian Indigenous communities or individuals.
HOLLY FORTIER, a Cree/Dene from Ft. McKay First Nation, Alberta, was born in Treaty 7 Territory and was fortunate to be raised by cultural leaders, academics and activists. She owns a business that specializes in the development and delivery of Indigenous Awareness Training. She has been delivering trainings across Canada since 2007 to thousands of participants from government, corporate clients, educators, service organizations and first responders.
Her passion for sharing Indigenous history and culture rises out of her mother's inspirational survival from a childhood in Indian Residential School, a story of courage, resilience and eventual triumph. Holly’s presentations go beyond facts and statistics to insightful personal testimony delivered in a compassionate, non-judgmental way. Those who attend her trainings describe them as “life changing” where they learn things they have never heard before and see complicated cultural issues with new perspective.
Holly sees it as her mission to encourage a relationship of respect and understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. To that end, she has now launched a new film and television company called Two Canoes Media, teaming with Pyramid Productions of Calgary, veteran producers of thousands of episodes of television series and documentaries for international networks including National Geographic, A & E, HBO, CBC, CTV and Animal Planet.
Two Canoes Media is now producing high end marketing videos and documentaries, many of them award winning.
Holly has been involved in the Alberta film industry since the early 1990’s, in projects including North of 60, The Assassination of Jesse James, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, The Revenant and many documentaries. She received the 2016 Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women Esquao Award for Culture and the 2018 Alberta Aboriginal Role Model award. She is on the board of NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community.
She says her biggest blessing is being mother to her daughter and two sons, and Kokum to three granddaughters.