At the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, we understand the importance of ally-ship and are actively taking steps toward reconciliation to build new relationships between Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.

In direct response to the 92nd call to action from the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, it is our privilege to invite you to participate in a customized and comprehensive Indigenous Awareness Training program facilitated by the First Peoples Group.

The First Peoples Group will facilitate three training sessions and guide participants through the past, present and future of Indigenous peoples in Canada using a distinctions-based approach that reflects the three federally recognized Indigenous groupings. Each session will be led by a First Nations, Métis, or Inuit presenter, who will share their distinct cultures, stories and histories.

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Please register below to participate in ALL training sessions. 
You will receive a confirmation email with Zoom details.


Guy Freedman - March 24 Thursday, March 24 • 11am-12 pm

Métis presenter:

Chair and Founding Partner of the First Peoples Group, Guy Freedman is an entrepreneurial leader and talented facilitator. He is a proud Half-Breed (Métis) from Flin Flon, Manitoba, and focuses on such topics as identity, self-esteem, culture, wellness, career and using one’s gift to the best of their ability.

Charlotte Qamaniq - March 31 Thursday, March 31 • 11am-12 pm

Inuit presenter:

Charlotte Qamaniq is a North Baffin Inuk performance artist, actor, and contemporary and traditional throat singer hailing from Iglulik, Nunavut. She is best known for her work in the throat singing duo Silla, and in twice Juno nominated band Silla and Rise.

Robert (Bob) Watts - April 7 Thursday April 7 • 11am-12:30 pm

First Nations and Reconciliation:

Bob Watts is an expert in Indigenous policy and conflict resolution. He is the former Interim Executive Director of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which examined and made recommendations regarding the Indian Residential School era and its legacy.

Did you attend Jewish Federation of Ottawa’s Commemoration for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation with Bob Watts in September, 2021?

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