CLMA & NVision to Offer Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training for the Live Music Industry

The Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA) has partnered with NVision Insight Group to offer The Path: Your Journey through Indigenous Canada, an Indigenous cultural awareness training program for the live music industry.

Designed by NVision, this certificate course meets various Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action for Canadians to receive cultural competency training by teaching about “the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal– Crown relations.”

NVision and the CLMA say this training is for "anyone committed to creating a stronger Canada, a more compassionate Canada, and a Canada of empowered Indigenous communities."

This course will introduce attendees to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis ─ the three Indigenous peoples recognized in the Canadian constitution. Topics include the cultural and historical differences between First Nations, Inuit, and Métis; the evolution of the relationship between Canada and Indigenous people from pre-contact to yesterday’s headlines; stories of social and economic success, reconciliation and resilience; understanding intercultural communication in the workplace, and ways to strengthen relationships with Indigenous peoples.

“It’s our responsibility to learn about Indigenous communities, businesses, and the many artists and industry workers who contribute so much to the excellence of our sector. This way, we can create respectful and sustainable relationships to promote a more inclusive live music industry that’s welcoming to Indigenous peoples,” says Erin Benjamin, president and CEO of the CLMA. “Our goal is for all members of the Canadian Live Music Association to complete this training. This program is a small step that we can all take together in creating a more inclusive sector moving forward.”

The online course is completely video-based, available in English or French, and is the only course of its kind to focus in equal depth on all three Indigenous peoples: First Nations, Inuit and Métis. The full course takes approximately four to five hours to complete with a certificate provided upon successful completion.

CLMA members in good standing can access the full course for $95 + HST. The course is also available to non-members for $150 + HST. For more information and to register for The Path, click here.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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