The Path: Your Journey through Indigenous Canada

*Course offered through NVision Insight Group


  • CDHA member fee: $49.00 + applicable taxes
  • Non-member fee: N/A

Course Completion Time:

Approx. 4-5hrs

Note that course registration fees are non-refundable and subject to applicable taxes.

I considered myself well informed, but there was so much I did not know. With the recent awakening to the Residential School horrors, I had a heavy heart and not much hope. After taking this course, I feel empowered to learn from and work with Indigenous individuals and communities; to be an Ally in bringing about needed change.
-Path online learner
You took a remarkably complex topic and clearly, succinctly and quickly conveyed some of the most relevant and important topics for Canadians to understand.
-Path online learner

This course is being offered by NVision Insight Group but you must register through CDHA to receive the special rate. Note that training and certificates will be provided by NVision.

Course Description

The Path: Your Journey through Indigenous Canada offers important insights into First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, communities, and governments in Canada. The five online modules showcase defining moments in the history of Indigenous peoples and their relationships with European settlers, the British Crown, and the Dominion of Canada. The course demystifies some of the legal issues pertaining to the Indian Act, historical and modern treaties, Indigenous law, and the Canadian court system in the context of asserting Indigenous rights. Additional topics covered include residential schooling, forced Inuit relocations, the ‘60s Scoop, disease epidemics, and the treatment of Indigenous peoples in the Canadian justice system. The course also provides context to improve our understanding of the importance of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis cultural traditions and values, and how to strengthen relationships with Indigenous peoples.

The program meets various Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) calls to action for Canadians to learn about the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, treaties and Indigenous rights, Indigenous law, and Indigenous–Crown relations. CDHA plans to offer additional skills-based training in the future to further support members and fully meet the TRC calls to action.

The five modules are as follows:

Module 1: What’s in a Name?

Topic 1: Indians, Inuit, and Métis
Your journey begins with an introduction to First Nations and Inuit, the original peoples on this land. You will also learn how the Métis Nation emerged with the birth of the fur trade in this country and how these three groups are represented by national organizations today.

Topic 2: Name Calling
This segment will demystify the use of such terms as “Indian,” “Native,” “Aboriginal,” “Indigenous,” “First Nation,” “Eskimo,” “Inuit,” and “Métis,” and help you understand which terms to use when identifying various groups in different contexts. You’ll also review and debunk some of the stereotypes and myths propagated in media and popular culture regarding Indigenous peoples.

Module 2: Defining Moments in History

Topic 1: History—Pre-Contact to the Mid-Nineteeth Century
This segment will introduce you to several creation and origin stories of First Nations and Inuit peoples. The lesson also explores some of the current theories on the migration of paleo-Indigenous peoples to the Americas and presents an overview of different Indigenous groups that populated Canada prior to European contact.

Topic 2: Inuit Across the North
This segment will examine pre-contact Inuit culture, the major events that have affected Inuit since the arrival of Europeans, and how each unique Inuit region came to be shaped and defined through the land claim process.

Module 3: More Defining Moments in History

Topic 1: A Colonial History
This segment will review the colonial relationship established by the Indian Act; the tragic legacy of residential schools; Métis resistance; Métis scrip; the hardships imposed by forced Inuit relocations; the tuberculosis epidemic and Indian hospitals; the fostering and adoption of Indigenous children during the “Sixties Scoop”; and the underlying causes and events that fueled the Oka Crisis.

Topic 2: Milestones Along the Path
This segment will highlight the resilience of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples over the past four decades as they have sought a renewed relationship with Canada. Topics include the birth of social movements, such as Idle No More, and the creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. This section will also introduce you to some successful Indigenous artists and public figures.

Module 4: It’s the Law

Topic 1: Understanding Historical Treaties and Métis Assertion of Rights
This segment presents the historical and legal framework that shapes Canada’s current legal and constitutional relationship with Indigenous peoples. You will also learn about the various ways in which the Métis Nation has and continues to assert rights.

Topic 2: Understanding First Nations and Métis Rights, Title, and Modern Treaties
This segment explores the resurgence of Indigenous rights prompted by the release of the federal government’s 1969 “White Paper” which ironically sought to eliminate them. It distinguishes between modern treaties (comprehensive land claims) and historical treaties, and explains how the courts, international law, and the Canadian government are evolving to embrace a recognition of rights approach.

Module 5: Relationship Building with Indigenous Peoples

Topic 1: Cultural Values and Traditions
This segment examines some of the cultural values and traditions of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, and describes how they shape Indigenous perspectives and views of contemporary Canadian society.

Topic 2: Relationship Building
This segment offers some suggestions on how to work and communicate with Indigenous colleagues and partners and to strengthen your relationships. It emphasizes the importance of becoming culturally aware and pursuing truth and reconciliation.

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