Online Training

This course will explore Indigenous ways of knowing and how they can benefit all students. Topics include historical, social, and political issues in Aboriginal education; terminology; cultural, spiritual and philosophical themes in Aboriginal worldviews; and how Aboriginal worldviews can inform professional programs and practices, including but not limited to the field of education.

Cost: Free (or $61 for a certificate)

Time commitment: Self-paced, Approximately 14 hours to complete

Canadian Indigenous History and Cultural Sensitivity

Nisto Consulting Inc. (Holly Fortier) 

This online course was created by Holly Fortier (Cree/Dene from Ft. McKay First Nation, Alberta) for those who wish to educate themselves in Indigenous relations, cultural practices, and the historical impact of colonization.  

Cost: $99

Time commitment: Self-paced, One hour

San’yas is administered by the Indigenous Health Department at the Provincial Health Services Authority. San’yas means “way of knowing” in Kwak’wala the language of the Kwakwaka’wakw Peoples, whose traditional and unceded territories are located on northern Vancouver Island and surrounding areas. San’yas offers many courses on anti-Indigenous racism and Indigenous cultural safety

Cost: $300 

If you self-identify as Indigenous and do not have cost coverage for registration, you may have access to funding alternatives. 

Time commitment: 8 hours

Cultural Safety Modules

University of Victoria

This training is composed of three interactive modules designed to reflect on Indigenous peoples’ experiences of colonization and racism through the concept of cultural safety as it relates to health.

Cost: Free 

Time commitment: Self-paced

Indigenous Awareness

British Columbia Institute of Technology

This course provides foundational knowledge of Indigenous peoples and their place and space in Canada, past and present. 

Cost: Free

Time commitment: Self-paced (can be completed in two hours)

Indigenous Canada

University of Alberta

Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson online course from the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada. This course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations. Topics for the 12 lessons include the fur trade and other exchange relationships, land claims and environmental impacts, legal systems and rights, political conflicts and alliances, Indigenous political activism, contemporary Indigenous life, art and its expressions. 

Cost: Free (or $61 for a certificate)

Time commitment: Self-paced, Approximately 21 hours to complete

Reconciliation through Indigenous Education

University of British Columbia

This course aims to advance reconciliation in classrooms, organizations, and communities through the teaching and learning of Indigenous ways of knowing.

Cost: Free (or $63 for a certificate)

Time commitment: Instructor-paced, Estimated 6 weeks

This learning bundle provides culturally specific information and approaches that can be applied in everyday practise when supporting Indigenous families. It aims to increase awareness about First Nation, Inuit and Métis people and their traditional approaches to raising children. 

Cost: $24 

Time commitment: 4 Hours

The program consists of 5 online modules that focus on the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada, the history of Indigenous peoples and their relationship with European settlers, the British Crown and the Dominion of Canada. 

Cost: $195 plus tax

Time commitment: Self-paced

This course is designed for individuals and organizations who work with Indigenous children, youth and families. The course is composed of 6 modules that discuss history, colonialism, and federal, provincial and territorial legislation and policies that have impacted, and continue to impact Indigenous communities, as well as the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. 

Cost: $250

Time commitment: 6 modules, Self-paced

Indigenous Perspectives Society delivers specialized training programs and services supporting Indigenous children, youth, families and organizations. Courses relevant to foster caregivers include: Cultural Perspectives, Understanding History, Dispelling Myths and Stereotypes, and Community in Support of Indigenous Families: Understanding Abuse and Neglect.

Cost: Varies

Time commitment: Varies

Indigenous Awareness Canada offers online skills-based training courses to individuals and organizations aiming to build effective and positive relationships with Indigenous people in Canada. Courses relevant to foster caregivers include: Indigenous Awareness Introduction, Indigenous Awareness Certification, and Indigenous Peoples and Culture. 

Cost: $48 or $128

Time commitment: Varies

BC Council for Families

Various Courses

BC Council for Families offers numerous courses such as Indigenous Cultural Safety, Inclusive Trauma-Informed Practice Through a Lens of Cultural Safety, and Bringing Back the Village.

Cost: Varies

Time commitment: Varies

Under the leadership of its founder Bob Joseph (Chief name K’axwsumala’galis), Indigenous Relations Academy offers various cultural awareness and Indigenous training courses.

Cost: Varies

Time commitment: Self-paced, 30 days unlimited access

Phone

Main:
604-544-1110

Toll-Free Foster Parent Line:
1-800-663-9999

Office hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday

Foster Parent Support Line (MCFD)​:
1-888-495-4440

Accessible weekdays from 4:00pm to 12:45am
Statutory Holidays & Weekends: 8:00am to 12:45am

EMERGENCY AFTER HOURS

Foster parents are encouraged to call this number in the event of an EMERGENCY or CRISIS occurring after regular office hours:

1-800-663-9122

REPORT CHILD ABUSE

If you think a child or youth under 19 years of age is being abused or neglected, you have the legal duty to report your concern to a child welfare worker. Phone 1 800 663-9122 at any time of the day or night. Visit the Government of BC website for more info.

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Langley, BC V3A 7R3

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Our work takes place on the traditional and unceded Coast Salish territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Matsqui and Semiahmoo First Nations. BCFPA is committed to reconciliation with all Indigenous communities, and creating a space where we listen, learn and grow together.

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