Indigenous Awareness Training

Custom training in understanding the Indigenous cultures of Canada

NorQuest College’s Indigenous awareness training delivers insight, engagement, human resource tools, and a best-practice overview to understanding the Indigenous cultures of Canada.

The training provides a collaborative, grassroots Indigenous and western perspective of Indigenous Peoples. We will examine, explore, and interpret Indigenous culture, historical and current social policy, current contexts and social shifts, and the benefits of engaging and employing Indigenous Peoples in Alberta.

This training is applicable to any group of individuals — from executives and leaders to frontline employees — in private, public, and non-profit sectors. The sessions are customizable for various levels of audiences, allow for small and large group dialogue and engagement, and answer any questions the audience may have.


Our sessions can be custom-designed and held at NorQuest College, on-site at your facility, or a specified location of your choice.

A customary three-hour training session covers a wide range of topics including:

Indigenous History
  • Historical overview
  • Residential schools
  • Traditional knowledge, ceremony, and spirituality
  • First Nations history
  • Metis history
  • History of treaty
  • Stereotypes and misconceptions
Indigenous Governance
  • Contemporary Indigenous governance
  • Treaty rights – settler and Indigenous Peoples
  • Indigenous rights and title
  • Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
  • United Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Employee Engagement
  • Indigenous workplace inclusion
  • Employing Indigenous Peoples
  • Corporate social responsibility and policy
  • Indigenous skills shortage
  • Diversity in the workplace
  • Creating a culturally appropriate workplace

We can adapt and develop training to your organization’s needs.


Jonathan Robb

Director, Strategic Integration & Stakeholder Relations

Jonathan is the Director of Strategic Integration & Stakeholder Relations at NorQuest College. His role includes overseeing Indigenous relations and supports, regional campuses in Whitecourt, Drayton Valley and Wetaskiwin, and other strategic initiatives at the college.

Jonathan’s strengths include project management, creating and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and providing collaborative and integrated leadership.

Prior to NorQuest, Jonathan enjoyed a progressive career at Alberta Health and Wellness, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, Capital Health, and Alberta Health Services.

Born in Sarnia, Ontario, Jonathan resided within walking distance of Aamjiwnaang First Nation, and approaches awareness training from the standpoint of the westerner’s experience: growing up uninformed about Indigenous Peoples of Canada, and the myths and misconceptions that he was exposed to along his own journey of understanding.

Ruby Littlechild

Manager, Alberta Indigenous Construction Career Centre

Ruby is the manager of the Alberta Indigenous Construction Career Centre at NorQuest College. Her primary passion is promoting inclusion, equality, higher education, diversity, mentoring, and healing from colonization for Indigenous Peoples. She works towards alleviating systemic barriers, racism, stigmas, and stereotypes that Indigenous Peoples face.

From Maskwacis, Alberta, Ruby holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Education, and a Master in Business Administration with a focus on community economic development.

Conor Kerr

Manager, Indigenous Relations & Supports

Conor is manager of Indigenous Supports and Services at NorQuest College, supporting staff and students in the Indigenous student centre, implementing the college’s Indigenization Strategy, and creating meaningful community engagement opportunities with Indigenous communities, stakeholders, Elders and students.

From the Metis community of Lac Ste. Anne, Alberta, Conor attended the University of Alberta, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Indigenous history. His career has centred on breaking down myths and stereotypes around Indigenous peoples in Alberta, creating educational opportunities for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous learners, and increasing cultural opportunities for Indigenous youth. Conor has developed and facilitated training and education programs while working for the Government of Alberta, Paul/Alexander/Enoch Child & Family Services, and the Edmonton Public School Board.

Elliott Young

Indigenous Community Engagement Advisor

Elliott is Nehiyaw (Cree) from Ermineskin Cree Nation, one of the four nations that make up Maskwacis. Born and raised on Ermineskin, he came to Edmonton to attend the University of Alberta where he completed a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies degree with a certification in Aboriginal Governance and Partnership. Elliott’s career has been focused on policy development and coordination, community engagement, Indigenous relations, and youth engagement. Elliott’s motivation is ensuring social issues are addressed through collaboration and engagement of community.

As the Indigenous Community Engagement Advisor, Elliott will be working with external and internal stakeholders to ensure NorQuest is working collaboratively with the Indigenous community in Edmonton and surrounding area. He will be exploring ways NorQuest College can work with Indigenous communities to address their needs and improve the programs the institution offers. Elliott is an experienced facilitator and has provided Indigenous awareness training sessions for non-profits, governments, agencies, and businesses.

Our Clients

Bissell Centre
Fort Edmonton Park
Bravo Target Safety

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NorQuest College
A810, 10215 108 Street NW
Edmonton, AB  T5J 1L6