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Our next Virtual Exchange begins March 2023!

Indigenous changemakers in Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and the USA are invited to apply to the program.

The timetable for the next exchange is outlined below.

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Delegates are asked to attend all weekly sessions.

Applicants for this exchange will be asked to apply to one or more of the below topics:

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Indigenous International Trade

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Climate Change and Sustainability

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Ceremony at

Work

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Indigenous Identity in the Workplace

Delegates are expected to attend all weekly sessions.

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Group 1: Indigenous International Trade

Report Writer: Carrie Stoddart-Smith (VE1)

 

Indigenous Peoples have been engaging in international trade for millennia but have typically been excluded from participating in the initiatives lead by colonial governments.

 

This group will explore the values and practices that have built historical cultural and commercial relationships between Indigenous Nations. They will articulate what Indigenous people require to be able to re-engage in these activities and providing advice for governments around the world to consider going forward.

 

Some questions this group might explore may include:

 

  • How can federal governments ensure Indigenous Peoples (and people) are not just consulted, but included as equal participants in creating a path forward to build good relations and trade between countries?

  • What supports do Indigenous people need to be able to participate meaningfully in the negotiation of trade agreements? What knowledge and perspectives are required and how can governments go about seeking this expertise?

  • How does international trade relate to the upholding of inherent Indigenous rights and promoting sustainability?

  • How will strengthening Indigenous-to-Indigenous relationships between individuals facilitate growth between Nations?

Group 2: Climate Change and Sustainability

Report Writer: Erin Woolford (VE4)

 

Cyclones across Aotearoa. Forest fires across the lower mainland of BC. Climate change is real and is impacting the world around us. Wide-sweeping global changes are required to course-correct our shared trajectory.

 

The UN Declaration recognises the right of Indigenous Peoples to protect the environment and the roles that Indigenous knowledges, cultures and traditional practices contribute to equitable development and the sustainable management of the environment. However, Indigenous Peoples and people have not typically been invited to participate in the dialogue around how to best navigate this path.

 

This group will explore the opportunity for Indigenous people to use their intergenerational knowledges and co-create a shared sustainable future.

 

Some questions this group might explore may include:

  • What value can Indigenous Traditional Ecological Knowledges provide in the context of and global response to climate change?

  • How could Indigenous input – and wisdoms - be woven into all levels of conversations around the pathway to net zero?

  • What supports do Indigenous Peoples and people need to be able to participate in these conversations locally and globally?

Group 3: Ceremony at Work

Report Writer: Amanda Ens (VE3)

 

Kara kia. Offering tobacco. Sharing circles. Certain aspects of traditional ceremony are being embraced in the workplace. But is this a good thing? Or can it do harm?

 

This group will explore the power – and potential pitfalls – of incorporating elements of Indigenous spiritual practices in the workplace.

 

Some questions this group might explore may include:

 

  • What is ceremony? And how should this be defined for corporates?

  • How can traditional spiritual practices improve relations in the workplace?

  • What is activities are culturally protected (sacred) and do not belong in the workplace?

Group 4: Indigenous Identity in the Workplace

Report Writer: Tammy Baart (VE4)

 

Indigenous talent is in high demand for organizations globally, and will continue to be central to the growth of these businesses for several generations to come.

 

This workstream will explore the intricacies of Indigenous identity in the workplace and offer guidance to organisations on how they can support not only the existence of Indigenous people and the multifaceted layers of Indigenous identity as it relates to the workplace.

 

Some questions this group might explore may include:

 

  • Why is it important (now more than ever) for organisations to understand the complexities of Indigenous identity in the context of the workplace?

  • How can leadership create an environment that allows Indigenous people - at all stages of the development of their identity – to not just co-exist, but THRIVE, in their workplace?

  • What organisations have been able to foster a culturally-welcoming environment? How long did this take and what can we learn from their process?

  • What right do corporates have, if any, to ask their employees to prove their identity?

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