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We recommend this workshop as the first stage in implementing a company Aboriginal Affairs Strategy.  This ensures that Leaders are aware of the company’s overall objectives, targets and commitments prior to the workshops being delivered to the larger workforce. More importantly in understanding the role of Leaders in influencing the success of the Aboriginal Affairs Strategy or Reconciliation Action Program.

Course Content:

Session 1 – Historical Perspectives

This session will examine the effect of colonization on Aboriginal people, including past, present and the continuing impact, and includes:

  • Overview of the time periods and policies implemented throughout history.

  • The implications of past policies and the continuing impact.’

  • Discuss the effect the history has had on “non-Indigenous people” – which is rarely considered.

  • This session includes a short DVD and workshop activity

Session 2 – Aboriginal Kinship System

This session will include:

  • Overview of the Aboriginal Kinship System which governs Aboriginal people.

  • Information about how Kinship influences relationships within the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community.

  • How the Kinship system may impede the employment process and ways in which this can/may be managed.

Session 3 – Communication - Intercultural

This session examines general differences and various forms of communication between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, and :

  • Provides information about how culture dictates why Aboriginal people communicate differently.

  • Explores intercultural communication – barriers and consideration.

  • Explores strategies to overcome communication across cultures.

Session 4 – Cultural Proficiency

This session enables participants to become more conscious of their own attitudes, beliefs and how this may impact on others and, explore perceptions from an Aboriginal perspective – cultural construct, and:

  • Provide an overview of the general principles of Cultural Proficiency

  • Cultural Competency

  • Cultural Bias
    • Cultural Safety and.

    • how this is aligned to diversity and inclusion.

Session 5 - Leaders Role in Supporting Company Aboriginal Affairs Commitment

The success of any strategy relies on the “whole of the business” participating rather than individuals in specialist roles – this session includes:

  • Discuss the responsibility of Executives and Leaders in supporting Aboriginal Affairs Policy and commitments.

  • Explore how the Executive and Leaders can influence the workforce to achieve its Aboriginal Participation commitments.


This workshop aims to develop a better understanding of the critical role Leaders play in influencing the success of company commitments and diversity.  The workshop will have an increased focus on the “importance” Leaders and Senior Management play in ensuring support cascades throughout the business. 

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