Virtual Indigenous Training

Build Together is a workforce development program from Canada’s Building Trades Unions focused on the recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups in the skilled trades. Workforce Development includes understanding the barriers to retention and recruitment and addressing them; Virtual Indigenous Training is one way we are working to do that.

Virtual Indigenous Training is offered through four modules; each of which can be customized to your unique audience and region to ensure the training will provide meaningful ways to improve understanding and relations with Indigenous Peoples both within your organization and those you are looking to recruit. The modules are meant to create a base line understanding of the history of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, provide context on current situations taking place within the construction industry, and prepare course participants with career development tools to increase Indigenous relations between the construction industry and Indigenous Communities.

The modules offered in this virtual course are meant to provide a customized approach to Indigenous Training and can be tailored to your specific audience to cover relevant issues and offer meaningful ways to move forward:

  • Apprentices
  • Journeypersons
  • Contractor/Employer/Forepersons
  • Local Union Staff (dispatchers, joint apprenticeship committees, organizers)
  • Union Leadership
MODULE 1: History of Indigenous Peoples In Canada: 2.5 Hours
Module 1 will help course delegates build a foundation of understanding. We need to better understand the history between Canada and our Indigenous Peoples in order to create meaningful understanding, respect and strong relationships. To do this, we must come from a place of compassion and empathy.

History of Indigenous Peoples pre-contact; contact with other cultures; and contact with settlers

The Indian Act and Policies

  • Taxation
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Pass & Permit System

Residential Schools / 60s Scoop

  • Intergenerational Trauma


MODULE 2: Indigenous Classification, Proper Terminology and Contemporary Issues: 2.5 hours
Module 2 allows course delegates to better understand terminology often used surrounding Indigenous issues. This module will take a deeper look at Reconciliation and what it looks like in the construction industry building a foundation on which to expand on in Module 3.

Indigenous: First Nation; Metis; Inuit

Status and Non-Status

Bill C-31

Contemporary Issues

    • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
    • Child and Family Services
    • Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Report
    • Reconciliation


MODULE 3: Industry Solutions: 2.5 hours
Module 3 will focus on better understanding systemic racism, where and how it exists within the construction industry and how we, as an industry, can address those barriers to recruit and retain Indigenous Peoples in the skilled trades. Module 3 will discuss meaningful ways to address reconciliation in the construction industry to help Indigenous Peoples succeed.

Recruitment and Retention

  • Systemic Racism
  • Unconscious bias
  • Mentorship and Role Models
  • Respectful Workplaces
  • Territory Acknowledgments
  • Community Partnerships
  • Accommodations and Inclusion in the workplace
  • Community Benefit Agreements
  • Suicide Prevention and Mental Health
  • Equity, equality, diversity and inclusion


MODULE 4: Advanced: Culture and Customs
Module 4 is an advanced module allowing course delegates to create local connections in their region with a local Elder to deepen their understanding and appreciation of Indigenous culture. Learning from a local Elder, Module 4 will look at Indigenous culture and ceremonies, meaning and understanding as well as offer an opportunity for Indigenous apprentices to learn abut their own culture, creating a stronger sense of identity. Module 4 offers an important step in reconciliation; moving beyond addressing barriers and creating a space for two-way dialogue and respect for Indigenous culture.

OPTIONAL MODULE: Preparing Indigenous Workers For A Career In Construction
This standalone module is offered for Indigenous workers starting their career in construction. It will touch on topics like mentorship, the construction industry, connecting with Indigenous culture, EAP training and supports, and balancing home life with work. This module is aimed at supporting Indigenous apprentices to achieve their personal best.

For more information, download the brochure, sign up with our Enrolment Form or contact Lindsay Amundsen.

Virtual Indigenous Training Brochure