The Ocean Frontier Institute has launched Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training for its researchers and staff. All Ocean Frontier Institute affiliated researchers and staff are expected to complete the training as soon as possible.

Training is available at Dalhousie University and UPEI (through guest login at Dalhousie). An update on Memorial University access will follow soon.

For OFI-Dalhousie learners:

  1. Login to Brightspace (dal.brightspace.com) using your net id and password
  2. Click on Academic Support from the menu bar
  3. Choose Self Registration
  4. Click on the Course “The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada”
  5. Confirm your information then click Register
  6. You will be notified once your registration is approved

For OFI learners external to Dalhousie:

  1. Contact sara.leslie@oceanfi.ca who will assign you a username and password
  2. Login to Brightspace (dal.brightspace.com) using your assigned username and password
  3. Click on the Course “The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada”

As ocean researchers and staff focusing on the North Atlantic, it is important that we consider how our work relates to and impacts Indigenous communities, organizations, and groups – no matter the subject, application, setting, or level of direct interaction. This training is complementary to the Ocean Frontier Institute’s Indigenous Engagement Guide, which together are meant to help improve how we conduct our research and work.

The training consists of 5 on-line modules, delivered through Brightspace, and will take you approximately 4-4.5 hours to complete; we recommend that you set aside enough time to complete it all at once. Certificates of completion are available for download, if desired.

The training program, entitled: The Path: Your Journey Through Indigenous Canada, was developed by and is being licensed from NVision Insight Group Inc. The program provides learning opportunities that delve into First Nations, Inuit, and Métis histories and stories across Canada, and partially meets the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action for Canadians to receive ‘cultural competency training’ by teaching about “the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal-Crown relations.”