Alberta government staffers to take day course on Indigenous history and culture (Details)



EDMONTON—Alberta is launching a three-year program to help all government staffers better understand Indigenous culture and history.

The province’s 27,000 employees will each take in a six-hour session that includes talks with elders, along with films and group exercises.

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The direct cost of the project is $2.7 million and will begin with employees from the Children’s Services and the Justice departments.

Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan says the sessions will broaden understanding, build relationships and explode myths.

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The program has been two years in the making, following a commitment made by Premier Rachel Notley in 2015 to implement the goals of the United Nations Declaration on Indigenous Rights.

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The province has dealt with intolerance in the past, including a letter this spring from Alberta Health Services referring to an Indigenous girl simply as “Treaty Indian.”