4 Seasons of Reconciliation
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4 Seasons of Reconciliation is a new professional development training program offered through RRC’s LEARN website as part of the College’s commitment to embed Truth and Reconciliation education. This multimedia initiative has been developed for post-secondary workplaces through collaboration and co-creation with the First Nations University of Canada, its Indigenous Advisory Circle, and Indigenous contributors.
The training program creates an understanding on the history of colonization in Canada and how it impacts current issues and Indigenous Peoples today through engaging slideshows, short videos, documentary films, and mini quizzes. 4 Seasons provides the knowledge required for informed, respectful and effective engagement in the classroom and workplace. This knowledge helps combat personal biases and preconceptions about Indigenous people. Only through education can we build a stronger future for all Canadians.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Truth and Reconciliation?
Truth and Reconciliation is a term that is used all over the world to describe the two-pronged approach to respond to the lasting impacts colonization has had on Indigenous Peoples. First to educate society on the truth of the past and present, and secondly, to make the societal, economic and structural changes required to move forward in a way that is mutually beneficial to all peoples.
The truth telling and reconciliation process began in Canada as a response to the Canadian Indian Residential School System legacy initiated by the Canadian government. The Canadian government formed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in June 2008 with a mandate to inform all Canadians about what happened in Indian Residential Schools that many Canadians do not know. The Commission documented statements from student survivors, families, and communities. The most significant result was the publishing of the TRC reports and the 94 Calls to Action. These Calls address all areas of Canadian life. Some of themes these Calls fall under include education, child welfare, language and culture, health, justice, media, sport and recreation, business reconciliation, newcomers to Canada, and many more.
Most education institutes are committed to ensuring their students, staff and faculty understand Truth and Reconciliation, the impacts, the reasons why and what can be done going forward. For this reason, RRC is thrilled to announce the launch the 4 Seasons of Reconciliation Education training program for all staff this May.
What is Reconciliation?
Reconciliation is about restoring balance, and respectfully forming and renewing relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. In order to move forward and reconcile, we must also understand the truth about Canada’s past and present, and the colonial policies that were and still are in place today.
Why is the TRC important to Canadians?
Canada’s relationship with Indigenous people has suffered as a result of the Canadian Indian Residential School System and the colonial policies the government created. These policies and the intergenerational impacts on Residential School survivors and their communities continue to affect quality of life and prevent Indigenous peoples from equitably participating in equal opportunities compared to their Indigenous counterparts.
Healing and repairing this relationship will require education, awareness, and increased understanding of the legacy and the impacts that involve all Canadians.
Why is Truth and Reconciliation important for Red River College?
Manitoba has the highest percentage of Indigenous peoples in Canada, almost 17% of the provincial population. At present, 38% of Manitoba’s Indigenous people aged 25–34 years do not hold a post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree.
RRC has a significant and growing Indigenous student body and it is important to be proactive in taking steps to ensure student success and to address historic barriers.
Reconciliation is an ongoing individual and collective process, and requires commitment from all Canadians. A key priority for the College is to strengthen our partnerships and continue to advance Indigenous achievement. This priority demonstrates a commitment to the future of its students, all staff and the community it resides in.
Why do I need to take this training?
RRC’s commitment to TRC is a necessary step for Indigenous achievement. As a staff or faculty member of RRC, it is important to understand the historical effects of the Canadian Indian Residential School System and to realize that reconciliation is a shared experience, a personal one and an opportunity for shared investment to create greatness for our institution, students and for all RRC staff to achieve.
This is a stepping-stone to embedding the truth in Canada’s history into pedagogy, program and curriculum development. This is only one of the opportunities that RRC will offer to understand the effects of Canada’s colonialism and assimilation policies. This awareness will make the College a welcoming space to learn that is safe and trusting for students, staff and guests.
It will prepare our students to graduate into sectors that are in need of highly skilled workers, will create opportunity for innovation and stronger partnerships, while increasing our knowledge and understanding Indigenous culture and eliminating negative stereotypes of Indigenous people.
How long will it take to complete the training program?
The program takes 3-5 hours to complete. It is modular based with a short quiz after each module. There are nine modules supplemented with PowerPoint slides and short videos. The material presented can be utilized in classroom for students learning, but the full training is for you only. Once completed you will receive a certificate from 4 Seasons along with acknowledgement for your professional development human resource files.
What is trauma-informed care?
Understanding the need for trauma-informed care approaches goes a long way to delivering safe and supportive learning for all participants. Please seek assistance by way of RRC EAP benefits, use of RRC Elders-in-Residence, or simply talking to a trusted supportive person in your life should you experience triggers because of trauma.
Klinic Community Health Centre explains that “trauma is so prevalent that service providers should naturally assume that many of the people to whom they provide services have, in some way or another, been affected by trauma.”
This holds true for participants learning about Canada’s history. Some people may be sensitive to the understanding that “fight, flight and freeze” responses can occur for people who have experienced trauma, which can render a person unable to absorb the intended learning. For more information, read the Trauma Informed Handbook from Klinic.