Indigenous Awareness Training Requirement

As required by the Professional Governance Act, programs to encourage reconciliation with Indigenous people will be mandatory. All new articling registrants with an acceptance date January 1, 2021 and later are required to complete a foundational knowledge course respecting Indigenous peoples (including the foundational content as outlined by BCIA) as part of their Articling Program. All other registrants will be required to complete a similar course by December 31, 2022. BCIA will organize and manage select foundational Indigenous training throughout 2020 and 2021. BCIA will retroactively accept certain courses taken since January 1, 2019, as meeting this requirement. 

Foundational Indigenous Awareness Course Criteria

Acceptable foundation courses on Indigneous Awareness should be no less than one-day (6 hours) or a combination which totals 6 hours.  

  • Foundational content should include:  
    • BC Indigenous history, including residential schools
    • Colonization and its impacts
    • Understanding Indigenous  perspectives - racism, misconceptions, cultural safety
    • Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples – respect, protocols, UNDRIP
  • Course must provide a certificate of completion or proof of attendance

Exemptions may be granted to registrants who currently work in a position specifically with Indigenous peoples or training. (ie. Agrologist in Indigenous Relations)

How to declare Indigenous training for Professional Development.

Courses currently available to all registrants which fulfil BCIA Foundational Indigenous awareness requirement:

  • Building Bridges Through Understanding the Village

Online modules with 2-hr Zoom session (6 hrs)   (One-day in person workshops currently not available)

Sessions being organized by BCIA throughout 2021.  Check BCIA Events for schedule.

  • Cultural Perspectives Training 

One-day Zoom session, plus online  modules (15 hrs)   

Indigenous Perspectives Society, Victoria, BC

  • Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples

One-day Zoom session (6 hrs)  (One-day in person workshops when available)

Or combination of Indigenous Awareness (3 hr) plus Indigenous Relations (3 hr)

Indigenous Corporate Training

Other  advanced level courses on engagement, consultation  and negotiation are also available .

  • San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training - Core ICS Foundation Training 

Self-paced online over an eight week period  (8 to 10 hrs)

  • 201 Indigenous Awareness Certification

Self-paced online (4 to 8 hours)

Indigenous Awareness Canada

Other  courses on communcation and consultation available

  • Indigenous Canada

Self-paced online. 12 lessons about 2 hrs each  (24 hours)

  • Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education (currently not available)

6-week directed online course (12 - 18 hours)

UBC Open Learning 

Note:  The courses listed above were selected as they are currently available as online options.  Other courses/workshops conducted prior to March 2020, which include the foundational content listed above and are a minimum of 6 hours may be considered.  A certificate of completion ior proof of attendance may be required.

CLICK HERE for a listing of other courses which may be available through the public sector and other groups . These courses, or a combination of these courses which fulfil the Foundational content and minimum 6 hours as noted above, may also fulfil the BCIA Indigenous training requirement.

Exemptions will be granted to registrants who are Indigenous and/or currently work in a position specifically with Indigenous peoples or training. (ie. Agrologist in Indigenous Relations)

DECLARING Indigenous Training when reporting Professional Development (PD Report)

Registrants who have completed an Indigenous training course (or a combination of courses which fulfil the foundational knowledge requirement) must DECLARE this training under PD Report.  This can be included as professional development hours for the year completed.

Go to PD Report (under your profile).  Click on TYPE .  Scroll down to completion declarations . Select Indigenous Training. Enter  Unit = 1,  PDH= the hours of the course taken, and type in the course title, date taken and presenter/organization.

Note that if you are declaring a combination of two or more courses, you should include the total PD hours, then list the course title, organization which conducted the training, date and hours for each,  ie. Indigenous Awareness trainng - ICT, Oct 2020 (3 hrs), Indigenous Reconcilation - ICT, Nov 2020, (3 hrs).

Registrants who are exempt (as noted above),  are asked to declare under Indigenous Training, and may enter 0 (zero) PDH with a short explanation.









Sunday, January 31, 2021