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Allying With Indigenous Peoples Cultural Solutions The Practice Of Omanitew
In early 2012, the Alberta Association of Services for Children and Families (AASCF) now ALIGN Association created an Advisory Group to discuss the training needs of human service workers who work with Indigenous children and families. These training opportunities continue and are in high demand.In the fall of 2015, Allying with Indigenous Peoples: Cultural Solutions was adapted from Allying with Indigenous Peoples: the practice of omanitew, a four-day experiential learning opportunity for human service professionals working with Indigenous children and families. It was developed as an alternative to eight-hour cultural competency training. The opportunity was designed to provide an experience in Indigenous culture and, through that experience, to increase understanding about history, residential schools, intergenerational trauma and current context, and to subsequently impact practice (e.g., how to be an ally, how to provide more culturally relevant support).
Omanitew is a Cree word that refers to the respect shown to visitors in one’s home. The practice of omanitew is about showing respect for each other (our colleagues, our families, our clients, our communities) and making people feel welcome when they enter a new environment. Allying with Indigenous Peoples: the practice of omanitew was developed in partnership between Dr. Leona Makokis (Blue Quills First Nations College) and Dr. Ralph Bodor (University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work) and
was based on the University of Calgary social work course (Social Work with Indigenous Peoples). The learning opportunity – which includes participation in traditional Cree ceremonies – has been delivered numerous times since October 2012. Previous participants have reported significant personal and professional impact as a result of the experience.
The training was adapted by a team of individuals to incorporate traditional Blackfoot epistemology and practice. Allying with Indigenous Peoples: Cultural Solutions was offered for the first time in Airdie (October 2015) and again in Calgary (November 2015 and March 2016). The training was adapted and facilitated by Dr. Reg Crowshoe, Rose Crowshoe, Adrian Goulet, Liza Lorenzetti and Kerrie Moore.
Funding for the training and evaluation was provided by ALIGN Association of Community Services,under the leadership of Rhonda Barraclough.
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