Cultural Competency

Practice Point


Young Indigenous People are the Skilled Labour in Canada’s Future

“There is a real opportunity to look within our own country,” said Aaron Sam Sumexheltza, chief of the Lower Nicola Indian Band. “And I’m hopeful that industry, business and government will see First Nations young people – the fastest-growing demographic – and invest in them. Because I believe when First Nations people prosper, everyone else will prosper.”


Feature Film in Haida Language Screening at VIFF

EDGE OF THE KNIFE (Sǥaawaay Ḵ’uuna), the first feature film in the Haida language, will make its Western Canadian Premiere at VIFF 2018, which runs from September 27 to October 12, 2018.


Your Powwow Guide

August 16, 2018 UNTIL 1951, POWWOWS WERE BANNED BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT under the Indian Act, but then the tradition, with origins on the western plains, spread to the East Coast. Now, many First Nations hold powwows, and they’re open to everyone. Each is as different as the dances and drumming, but here is some help following the action. …


Online Guide to Effective Communication with Indigenous Clients

“What sets this guide apart from other instructional materials about working with Indigenous clients is that we address the problem from a linguistic point of view, from a client point of view, and from an Indigenous point of view.”


Online Indigenous Style Guide for Journalists

Read the Style Guide for Reporting on Indigenous People | Journalists for Human Rights | Indigenous Reporters Program


A Look at BC’s Treaty Process

UVIC Prof and Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council President Dr. Judith Sayers takes a look at why many First Nations in BC are not involved in the modern treaty process.


Meet the First Inuk Heart Surgeon in Canada

CBC News Ottawa | Her career has only just started, but Dr. Donna May Kimmaliardjuk is already making history, as Canada’s first Inuk heart surgeon.


Traditional Food Systems and Health

Go to the land and waters to find your first foods…


A River’s Legal Personality

When Canadian law treats corporations like people, it’s easy to believe natural features like rivers or mountains deserve similar rights, says a UVic legal scholar. (Victoria Times-Colonist)


Indigenous Representation on Juries

In February 2013, the Honourable Frank Iacobucci, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, called the lack of representation of First Nations peoples on juries a problem “of serious proportions” and said the justice system “as applied to First Nations peoples, particularly in the North, is quite frankly in a crisis.”