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August 22–23, 2017: Indigenous Cultural Competency Training for Water Tech Companies

Posted on June 27, 2017
Written by Todd Westcott

Where: Toronto, Ont.

Organization: WaterTAP


3 Responses to “August 22–23, 2017: Indigenous Cultural Competency Training for Water Tech Companies”

  1. Stephanie Allen says:

    Who is WaterTap and are they actually offering an Indigenous Cultural Competency Training Event facilitated by three non-First Nations people?
    I did read the Eventbrite description and checked out WaterTAP’s website and I am deeply concerned with this workshop.
    What insights exactly can three non-First Nations water experts give on:
    -Basic understandings of cultural information including historic trauma and key historic markers
    •Best practices for improved engagement and building trust
    •Indigenous culture-based practices and priorities
    •Insights to help you understand if your organization is ready to work with Indigenous communities, and where to start

  2. Todd Westcott says:

    Hi Stephanie,

    Thanks for your thoughts and comments on this! We would encourage you to contact WaterTAP to discuss your concerns, if you haven’t already.

    Yvette Byrne-Menard is the events manager at WaterTAP, and we’re sure she’d be happy to engage with you.

    WC team

  3. Kerry Freek says:

    Hello Stephanie,

    Firstly, thank you for your post and your comments. Based on your feedback, we have revised the original event posting to clarify it and add more recently confirmed details.

    The Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) is a non-profit organization that brings private-sector experience and guidance to accelerate the growth and prosperity of Ontario’s water technology sector and champions the sector’s success stories globally. We work closely with emerging and established water technology companies to build better businesses.

    Building a better business demands a focus on building healthy, collaborative relationships. Especially when we’re talking about something as critical as water.

    As we’re getting to know new clients, many water tech companies tell us they would like to offer their solutions to help address boil water advisories in Indigenous communities. We often discover that, while they have good intentions, they lack knowledge about working together with Indigenous communities.

    For this reason, WaterTAP wants to encourage any and all of our clients to participate in cultural competency training so, at the very least, they can have a basis of understanding from which to work.

    We agree with you that we are not the experts, which is why we asked the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) to be our partner in delivering the workshop.

    OFIFC will deliver Day One of this workshop, which is based on the Indigenous Cultural Competency Training workshop that the organization has developed. We’re looking forward to welcoming and learning from OFIFC facilitators and experts Nicole Meawasige and Jeffery Ross to WaterTAP as they lead this session.

    You can read more about the OFIFC’s workshop here:

    Day Two features guest experts, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, who will share their experience working on water projects within Indigenous communities. We believe this is another important part of educating water technology sector companies.

    We are still in the process of confirming the guests for Day Two, but we’re hoping to complete that work in the coming week or two. If you have suggestions for guest experts, they would be most welcome.

    We’re hopeful that if you have further feedback, you’ll share it with us so we can work together with our partners to continue to improve this program.

    Thanks again for sharing your concerns.

    Kerry Freek

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