Indigenous Awareness for Co-op Leaders

The goal of this course is to help co-ops build an awareness of Indigenous issues, rights, and history in Canada. This will provide some context for where we are today, how we got here, and what role we can play in reconciliation. 

In this course, taught by John Lagimodiere and Winston McLean, you’ll gain important historical context on the treaties, laws governing Indigenous peoples, and legal decisions. You’ll also learn how you and your organizations can make a difference by being an ally and participating in reconciliation. 

The total time commitment for the course is three hours. But, you can save your progress and work through the course at your own pace. The course is divided into five modules:

  • Introduction 
  • Treaties
  • The Métis
  • The Indian Act and Residential Schools
  • Reconciliation and Allyship

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Here’s what people are saying about the course:

“John and Winston are fantastic leaders – to lead us on the journey to reconciliation. The material was very well presented and very balanced in its content. This is a journey we all need to be on.” – Indigenous Awareness Course Participant

John and Winston are awesome presenters. Their authenticity really brings the content to life. – Indigenous Awareness Course Participant


“Heather and the team at Co-operatives First are top-notch. Not only their knowledge but their understanding of the project. They have truly helped us along every step of the way. Their timely response and knowledge of the steps are extraordinary. They are forthcoming with information. This is one of the most knowledgeable and friendliest teams I have ever had the pleasure of working with.”

Weyburn Theatre

“Co-operatives First made the process of establishing our Artisan Co-operative a very clear and easy process. The expanse of available tools and resources provided by Co-operatives First answers many questions and lightens the workload. Greatly appreciate having the connections made with Trista and Kyle, they keep the co-operative moving forward.”

Nehiyawaskiy Indigenous Peoples Art Co-op

“Our experience working with the Co-operatives First team was absolutely fabulous. The staff was accommodating, knowledgeable and patient. It was truly a breath of fresh air to have such a wealth of skill and resources available to a non-profit. They were invaluable to our successful launch!”

Heart Linked Community Services Cooperative

“Working with Co-operatives First was fantastic! We are still new to the cooperative world, and we relied heavily on their advice and expertise when drafting our rules/bylaws, and our memorandum of association. The team has experience with many different cooperative models, so they provided advice on what has and hasn’t worked for other cooperatives. We wouldn’t have been able to incorporate without their help!”

Ananda Cooperative

“We have had a very positive experience with everyone at Co-operatives First. They have helped us in multiple ways. Right from the first step in knowing how to incorporate, how to set our business and offering ideas for us to help steer us in the right direction plus allowing us to really make our own decisions. If our decisions go off track, they have gently guided us back to where we needed to be. The Co-operatives first guys are always eager to answer questions, and give ideas to us that got us off the ground.”

South East Butcher Block