At the heart of OFIFC’s Indigenous Cultural Competency Training (ICCT) is the strengthening of professional relationships between urban Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations and clients— a relationship built on the concept of trust, friendship, and mutual respect.

Throughout the training, participants have the opportunity to build a shared understanding of contemporary priorities, the concept of allied relationships, Indigenous wholistic healing, and the importance of infusing on-going Indigenous cultural competencies throughout organisational practices through meaningful engagement with the Indigenous community.

All sessions are customized to meet the specific needs of the group, ensuring a high-context learning environment. ICCT sessions include (but are not limited to) an interactive historic narrative that connects key historic markers to contemporary impacts on urban Indigenous people as well as a continuum-based approach to Indigenous cultural competency that builds practical every-day skills while strengthening on-going culturally competent organisational practices.

Indigenous Cultural Competency Training aims to:

  • Develop a critical analysis of contemporary issues in order to increase cultural competency.
  • Provide an overall perspective of Indigenous people in Ontario.
  • Provide an Indigenous Cultural Competency Framework for addressing different levels of cultural competence.
  • Explore how organisations and agencies can begin to engage with urban Indigenous peoples and organizations to provide relevant services.
  • Provide participants with a basic understanding of how to interact with Indigenous communities.
  • Share culture-based strategic planning methods for improved organisational cultural competence.

All OFIFC Indigenous Cultural Competency Training sessions (ICCT) are custom designed according to the needs of the group. The sessions can be as short as a 3 hour high-level presentation or an interactive full-day session. 

Some ICCT topic examples include (but not limited to):

  • Overview of Indigenous People in Ontario (demographics).
  • Historic Markers.
  • Contemporary impacts.
  • Historic trauma transmission.
  • Interactive Learning Activities.
  • Contemporary Impacts.
  • Current Priorities
  • Cultural Competency Continuum
  • Cultural Competency for Individuals
  • Cultural Competency for Organisations
  • Common myths and assumptions
  • Practicing Cultural Competence
  • Healing Continuum Teachings
  • Group planning activities
  • Best Practices
  • Elders Teachings
  • Indigenous Belief Structures
  • Strategic Planning for Indigenous Cultural Competence
  • Building cultural skills
  • Understanding privilege
  • Culture-based Problem-solving tools
  • Indigenous Culture-based professional development teachings
  • Organisation-specific best practices
  • Culturally competent Indigenous Research Practices and tools
  • Culture-based strategic planning methods specific to the organisation
  • Culturally competent trauma-informed practices

All ICCT Sessions Include:

  • Trained professional Indigenous facilitators
  • Powerpoint and interactive presentations
  • Participant workbooks
  • Sector-specific topics
  • Local demographics
  • Regional historic markers
  • Participant evaluation report

For more information on OFIFC Cultural Competency Training, workshop availability and fees, please contact the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres at (416) 956-7575, toll free 1-800-772-9291 or by email at


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