Each year, registrants are required to complete a minimum of two hours of training or activity on Indigenous Awareness.

While Indigenous Awareness CPD is mandatory for all practising registrants, ASTTBC recognizes that taking the course may cause hardship for Indigenous registrants, and requests for accommodation should be sent to Jason Jung, director of professional practice & development, at jjung@asttbc.org.

About Indigenous awareness training

Cultural awareness and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples in BC are required among regulatory bodies as part of their mandatory continuing education programs.

By learning about Indigenous Peoples, registrants will create greater understanding and enhance communications between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and help build more trusting and respectful relationships, communities and employment opportunities.

Recognized Indigenous education providers (From ASTTBC Bylaws):

Courses and activities recommended and recognized:

  • Indigenous Awareness Canada Offering a wide variety of approved Indigenous Awareness courses. ASTTBC Registrants can receive 50% off individual courses at Indigenous Awareness Canada (excluding course bundles). Use code ASTTBC2023 at checkout.
  • BCIT Indigenous Awareness course: The duration of this course is 2 hours, and it is completely free of cost. After completing the course, you will receive a verifiable digital badge as an award.
  • Business Development Bank of Canada: Join the 4 Seasons of Reconciliation course for free! Complete it in just 2 hours and get a verifiable digital badge.
  • Indigenous Relations Academy: Complete this Self-Guided Indigenous Awareness Training for a small fee of $65 within 3 hours to receive certification.
  • University of Toronto: Aboriginal World Views and Education is developed by UoT for Coursera. It is accessible for audit, and the duration is 9 hours.
  • University of British Columbia: This 6-week online Reconciliation through Indigenous Education course is free to audit or pay $50 for certification.
  • The University of Alberta course from Indigenous Canada: You will have three options: audit for free, pay a small fee for a certificate, or enroll in the full university credit program, which is 21 hours long.
  • Three-part webinar on Indigenous Allyship: See videos posted on May 11, 18, and 25, 2021, through Advancing Women in Engineering Technology in partnership with Indigenous Awareness Canada.
  • s-yéwyáw / AWAKEN: This 1.5-hour documentary, directed by Liz Marshallexplores traditional cultural teachings and the impacts of Canada’s IRS system alongside intergenerational healing.
  • Weaving Relations presented by the University of British Columbia: This 5-hour course presented by UBC’s Indigenous Design & Engagement in Applied Science & Land and Food Systems faculties. Weaving Relations explores Indigenous histories, people, and contexts, as well as settler colonialism in Canada, through the lens of Indigenous-Canadian relationships.
  • Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.: Provides training on a variety of topics involving Canada’s Indigenous peoples for groups of employees as well as individuals. Participation includes options for in-person, online, and self-guided training.