San'yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training
San’yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) training is a unique, facilitated on-line training program designed to increase knowledge, enhance self-awareness, and strengthen the skills of those who work both directly and indirectly with Aboriginal people. The goal of the ICS training is to further develop individual competencies and promote positive partnerships.
Skilled facilitators guide and support each participant through dynamic and interactive learning modules. Participants will learn about terminology; diversity; aspects of colonial history such as Indian residential schools and Indian Hospitals, time line of historical events; and contexts for understanding social disparities and inequities. Through interactive activities participants examine cultural, stereotyping, and the consequences and legacies of colonization. Participants will also be introduced to tools for developing more effective communication and relationship building skills.
The program was developed by the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) Aboriginal Health Program. The Core ICS training is general, and relevant for foundational learning for many disciplines.
About the Learning Experience
Learning is self-paced over an eight-week window and typically takes eight hours to complete. Learning happens with a group of other participants, and is supported by a facilitator.
Courses will be offered approximately monthly starting in April, 2018.
The training is available to all continuing SFU employees with supervisor’s approval (APSA, CUPE, APEX and Poly Party).
Human Resources will coordinate the registration for SFU staff, and Faculty Relations will coordinate registration for faculty members. Please complete the following as an expression of interest:
For Staff Members: http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/307281815
For Faculty Members: http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/375634525
Capacity is limited, but we expect you’ll be placed in a cohort within a month. You’ll receive an email once you’ve been registered.
Certificate of Completion
We ask for your commitment to fully complete the course (~8 hour time requirement).
A Certificate of Completion will be available for download after the course closes.
“I really appreciated the San’Yas course and have recommended it to colleagues. The material encouraged reflection and provided a safe space for honest sharing and exploring issues in a deep and meaningful way.” – Tony Botelho, Director Career & Volunteer Services
“I highly recommend the San'Yas training. It was extremely thorough, well presented, and allowed for me to thoughtfully consider the information on both a systems/societal level, as well as on a personal level. I learned a lot through this training, and it has had a positive impact on how I approach my work.” – Julie Glazier, Case Manager, Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office.