San'yas Anti-Racism Indigenous Cultural Safety Training

San’yas Anti-Racism Indigenous Cultural Safety 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 SFU employees with supervisor’s approval (APSA, CUPE, APEX, Poly Party, TAs, RAs, Post Docs).


We have now reached our capacity.

However, you may register directly through the program (register for the ‘Core Foundations’ training).  The cost is $300 to register.

Certificate of Completion

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.