Can we invite Elders to the training?

Quick tip: we suggest that once the team has received training then you invite elders to provide your team with additional community focussed learning session.

In our experience, inviting elders or community members to speak at the training, in particular, the Indigenous Awareness or Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples® training, dampens the free flow of questions and discussions among the participants. Participants often worry about inadvertently offending the elders/community members in the room. Our trainers too would feel compelled to listen and not interrupt to continue the training as it is elder protocol. This can take time away from the content that we have to share.

With these considerations in mind, we suggest that once the team has received our training that you invite elders in to provide your team with an additional community focussed learning session. A level two training session as it were.

In this way you can enhance the relationship with the community and avoid any interactions that could harm your relationship building efforts by providing a full circle of knowledge for your team in their relationship building with Indigenous communities