What is Intercultural Competency?
Distance Bullock is a person in long term Recovery, has worked professionally in the helping field over the last decade and has a long-standing devotion, connection and family amongst the Blackfoot People.
Distance has been brought on board to the Fresh Start team as the Intercultural Competency Coordinator with the mandate of developing and utilizing trainings that will be delivered to all staff. This will enable Fresh Start staff and improve our ability to work and help effectively, respectfully and competently with all marginalized groups of people.
So…….What is Intercultural Competency?
Intercultural competency has been presented as an invaluable necessity all throughout the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action. To Fresh Start, this is impactful with regards to providing skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
This first step in the (hopefully) long ongoing process is in focus to working ethically with the Indigenous Peoples of the land that Fresh Start is settled on, Treaty 7. This land is home to the Blackfoot Confederacy made up of the Siksika, Kainai, Piikani and Amskapi Piikani Nations. The Tsuu T’ina, Wesley, Bearspaw, Chiniki, Stoney Nakoda, and Metis Nation of Alberta Region 3 are home to these lands.
Canada will observe its first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30, a federal holiday created to honour Canada’s residential school survivors, their families and communities and to publicly commemorate the impact and trauma endured by Indigenous people in Canadian residential schools. We are doing our part to be part of the solution.
For more information on Distance’s role, to be part of this solution or to find leaders in our community to follow (social media) and/or in person; please reach out di******@fr****************.ca