Aboriginal cultural awareness training released

20 juin 2013
Communiqués de presse

YELLOWKNIFE (June 20, 2013) – A new made-in-the-NWT online training program supports Aboriginal cultural awareness for GNWT employees.

“Diversity in the public service is one of the GNWT’s great strengths,” said Glen Abernethy, Minister of Human Resources. “The training gives all of our employees more understanding of Aboriginal cultures and promotes a spirit of inclusion in the workplace. It was developed with Aboriginal governments throughout the NWT and reaffirms that Aboriginal values and partnerships are key for our government. In many ways, our staff are the public face of our government, and they carry out their work guided by a philosophy of respect, recognition and responsibility.” 

“We are committed to improving working relationships within our government and in our communities through broadened cultural understanding,” said Bob McLeod, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations. “Our staff need to be aware of the ways Aboriginal values and traditions inspire our programs and services. New residents need information and context for the regions they now make home and the residents who are their new neighbours and clients.”

The training has four modules:

  • Culture and Cultural Awareness;
  • Aboriginal People of the Northwest Territories;
  • History of the Northwest Territories from an Aboriginal Perspective; and
  • Present and Future Issues for Aboriginal people in the Northwest Territories.


The modules include videos, photographs, artwork, stories, audio recordings and interactive activities designed to generate discussion. The comprehensive training material promotes an inclusive work environment through broadened cultural understanding.

The online videos can be downloaded from the Department of Human Resources’ website. Facilitated training sessions for GNWT employees will begin this fall.

With this training initiative, the GNWT continues to build on the success of our organization that resulted in being named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for 2013.  The new training helps to build a strong, sustainable future for our territory, a key priority of the 17th Legislative Assembly.

For more information:

Lorraine Tordiff
Director of Aboriginal Employment
Tel:         (867) 872-6512
Email:    lorraine_tordiff@gov.nt.ca