Indigenous awareness training expected to be available early next year

Indigenous awareness training should be available for city employees by February 2022, according to city clerk Steph Palmateer.

In August, Timmins council approved spending $35,000 for the Indigenous Relations Academy course to be offered to all city employees and council.

This will be the first cultural awareness training for city employees since the Ontario Human Rights Commissioner's visit to Timmins in 2018.

“At this time the Learning Management System required to host the online training is still being created,” Palmateer said in an email. “Although I cannot answer all the technical questions regarding this, I have been advised that it should be operational by February 2022. At which time employees will be able to access the Indigenous training online.”

Participants will receive a certificate and will have 30 days to complete the course once it's started.

The city's Indigenous Advisory Committee has been looking at training options for staff.

A small group, comprised of Mayor George Pirie, CAO Dave Landers, Coun. Kristin Murray, city clerk Steph Palmateer and several city staff, took the online self-guided training.

During the committee’s meeting in December 2020, members agreed to take the training program before deciding whether they want to recommend the training for city employees.

Dariya Baiguzhiyeva, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter,

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