By utilizing the principles of our Indigenous worldview, Blue Sky encourages understanding and respect for all individuals regardless of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, physical abilities, religious or political beliefs, or other ideologies. The teaching process will involve an open dialogue in an interactive learning environment that promotes mutual respect for all people.

Cultural Sensitivity Coaching

Cultural DiversityOur coaching service is unique in providing factual information and practical recommendations, in order to better serve intentional community. We carry insightful knowledge and experience working with and travelling to Indigenous communities that could assist you in initiating a respectful dialogue and better understand Indigenous world views. These workshops are non-judgemental and open to people of any ethnicity, since we believe education is the key to promoting mutual understanding.  We provide a comfortable environment within which to learn and exchange experiences.  Professional workshops are tailored to specific needs and participants may earn certificates.

During previous workshops, people who have benefited came from all levels of government, public and separate boards of education, university and college educators and administrators, mining companies, business owners, health providers, environment specialists, library services, Indigenous communities and organizations, legal services providers, energy corporations, independent contractors, and, many more.

The benefits of a Blue Sky partnership are increasing cultural awareness of diverse matters and increasing likelihood of financial success in your company.

Workshops Offered

Connect with Blue Sky directly to arrange for tailored session(s) for your staff at a convenient time and location for your organization.  These are some of the cultural sensitivity topics that we cover, however we are able to cover workshops specific to your needs:

  1. Improving Diversity Consciousness
  2. Introduction to the Indigenous Community
  3. Economic and Holistic Benefits of Working with the Indigenous Community
  4. Treaties – Before, During, After, Now
  5. Land Use Planning Then and Now
  6. Overview of Ancient First Peoples and Archaeology in Northern Ontario
  7. Residential School System and Unfamiliar Impacts
  8. Ralph Rowe Overcomers
  9. Anishinaabe Cultural Practices
  10. Medicine Walk (plant identification, harvesting and uses)

Testimonials

I attended the Introduction to the Aboriginal Community Workshop and learned about history, teachings, and perspectives. What struck me was that Cindy taught in such a way that I learned with both my head and my heart. Very powerful.

~Anne Ostrom, Healthy Communities Coordinator
Thunder Bay District Health Unit

Science North invited Cindy Crowe and Jazmin Romaniuk to do a presentation at our staff retreat in order to help our workforce gain a better understanding of indigenous worldview. They did excellent presentations and had effective dialogue with our staff on this topic. Cindy and Jazmin’s style of communication was very engaging and open, and we truly appreciated their insights and sharing of indigenous history, customs and worldview. This has been very beneficial for members of our organization. Miigwetch!

~Guy Labine, CEO
Science North

The staff at Thunder Bay Public Library benefited from the cultural sensitivity training provided by the Blue Sky Community Healing Centre. This training helped to raise staff awareness of the cultural traditions of our local indigenous communities and their needs. This training informed the Thunder Bay Public Library Strategic Plan 2014 – 2018, particularly in regard to promoting diversity and social inclusion, and fostering community well-being and personal growth.

~John Pateman, Chief Librarian/CEO
Thunder Bay Public Library

Our company has utilized the services of Blue Sky Community Healing Centre in the past to deliver cultural training to our staff.  Cindy and her associates have been most accommodating and provide an inclusive, welcoming atmosphere in which to discuss and learn about Aboriginal Culture.   We intend on using her services again and highly recommend her services to anyone.

~Cheryl Lesperance, Manager, Aboriginal Affairs
Greenstone Gold Mines

A real asset to our community and neighbourhood, Blue Sky Community Healing Centre has partnered with PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise since its inception.  We have used them to provide workshops and to facilitate strategic planning session on cultural sensitivity.   Blue Sky Community Healing Centre demonstrates real insight into the reality of our Fort William downtown situation. They are a pleasure to work with and are always accommodating. They are a real asset to our community bringing hope and a safe place to be for everyone.

~Rosalind Lockyer, Executive Director
PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise

Canadian Mental Health Association Thunder Bay Branch hosted a Cultural Awareness Training Workshop in the fall of 2012 inviting Cindy Crowe to share her knowledge, experience and personal understanding of the indigenous world view. Three sessions were offered to fifty one staff and management over a three week period. Many expressed that they left with a greater understanding and appreciation of the historical challenges and current traditions of the aboriginal people of this region. Comments from evaluations included: “The information was very informative with good teachings that are applicable to the clients served. The discussions evoked a lot of self-reflection.  The session offered an open and accepting atmosphere which was a safe place to think and speak freely about these complicated issues.  I really like the traditional teachings and ceremony, it created an open and accepting atmosphere. The bannock and cedar tea were a nice touch”. Cindy demonstrates a commitment to raise awareness of the indigenous world view and her gifts of presence, tradition, community spirit, and compassion all came through in her presentation.

~Sharon Pitawanakwat, CEO
Canadian Mental Health Association – Thunder Bay Branch