For the past 20 years, through our selection oftraining optionsourWorking Effectively with Indigenous Peoples® blog,booksand2020年亚博论坛 , we’ve helped Canadians develop the skills to effectively, respectfully and meaningfully engage and work with Indigenous Peoples.

Bob_Joseph_450-CIn 1994,Bob Josephwas employed in the Aboriginal Relations department of a large crown corporation in BC. He and his colleagues developed a cultural awareness presentation that Bob, a certified Master Trainer, delivered to thousands of the corporation’s staff, field crews and consultants.

The impact he was having on Indigenous relations did not go unnoticed. In 2001, Bob was one of nine trainers selected by the American Society of Training and Development from over 70,000 members from more than 100 countries and 15,000 organizations for the feature “Training: the New Guard 2001.” Closer to home, the impact he was having also did not go unnoticed as the Crown Corporation he worked for was increasingly approached by other organizations asking if Bob could train for them too.

然而,在2002年,公司经历了significant restructuring, and it was unclear if the Aboriginal Relations department was part of the reconfiguration. During this time, Bob launched Indigenous Corporate Training Inc., continued to train for his former employer, and began booking new clients.

At that time, Indigenous rights were being recognized and affirmed through the courts. Significant Supreme Court of Canada rulings impacted how resource developers, consultants, field staff, and all levels of government engaged with Indigenous communities. And with those changes and duties to consult and accommodate came the recognition that there was a knowledge gap.

Working Effectively With Indigenous Peoples® 4th editionPeople were increasingly looking for insight, tips and tools to help them work effectively with Indigenous Peoples and communities - beyond mere awareness. To fulfill that need, Bob developed his signature course,Working Effectively With Aboriginal Peoples®(renamed in 2015 toWorking Effectively With Indigenous Peoples®). And then wrote abookof the same name based on the course material.

ICT is proud to be on the cutting edge of change in Indigenous relations by helping learners in all sectors along the path to respectful relations with Indigenous Peoples. Following the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’sreport and 94 calls to action for reconciliationin 2015, the demand for training dramatically increased, leading ICT to expand theteamwith more trainers.

2020年,当大流行,人们交易nsitioned to working and learning from home, ICT launched its onlineIndigenous Relations Academyand self-guided and live-guided virtual training sessions.

IRA_banner_IBA5ICT’s significant contributions were recognized in 2021 when the company received the Business of the Year Award (3-10 person category) from the BC Achievement Indigenous Business Award.

“I love this work because it gives us a chance to bring all Canadians together and make real headway in reconciliation. Knowing that we are contributing to transformative change is both humbling and empowering.


When I published21 Things You May Not Know About The Indian Act, I was stunned by the response. I mean, who would have predicted a book about theIndian Actwould be a national bestseller? But, it shows how ready people are to learn and commit to reconciliation. I think about King Charles III's comment that Canada’s efforts toward reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples hold lessons for other Commonwealth countries facing the wrongs that have shaped the past. He said, “Indigenous and non-indigenous Peoples reflecting honestly and openly on one of the darkest aspects of history -- as challenging as that conversation can be, people across Canada are approaching it with courage." I am hopeful for the future and grateful to all Canadians who have committed to contributing to reconciliation.”Bob Joseph, President, Indigenous Corporate Training Inc.

Over the past twenty years, Indigenous relations in Canada have changed dramatically. In 2002, when Bob Joseph launched Indigenous Corporate Training Inc. (ICT), the courts were just beginning to pass rulings on Indigenous rights and title, the duty to consult, and the meaning of “meaningful consultation.” A lot has changed in two decades. And ICT has kept abreast of the changes with a full catalogue of courses that equip Canadians to work effectively with Indigenous Peoples.

20 Highlights Over 20 Years




Launched company withAboriginal Awareness亚博足彩投注网


IntroducedIndigenous Consultation and Engagementtraining (originallyWorking Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples® During Consultation)

2003 - 2005

Supreme Court rulings defined duty to consult & duty to accommodate, Metis membership test


IntroducedWorking Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples®亚博足彩投注网


Published 1st edition ofWorking Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples®book


LaunchedWorking Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples®eNewsletter


Published 2nd edition ofWorking Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples®book


The UN General Assembly voted on the adoption of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples during its 61st regular session; Canada choose to vote against the Declaration


Canada issued formal apology to residential school survivors and their families


LaunchedWorking Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples®blog


Canada signed theUN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoplesbut with qualifications


Published 3rd edition ofWorking Effectively with Aboriginal Peoples® book


Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Indigenous title is inherently collective and exists not only for the benefit of the present generation, but also for that of all future generations


Changed name of courses, books, blog to reflect federal government adoption of "Indigenous" rather than "Aboriginal"


Federal government officially moved from "Aboriginal" to "Indigenous" in all communications


Published21 Things You May Not Have Known About The Indian Actblog post; blog post goes viral


Truth and Reconciliation Canada published a summary report and 94 Calls to Action


The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the legal definition of “Indian” — as laid out in the Constitution — includes Métis and non-status Indians


Canada officially removed its objector status to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


Published 4th edition ofWorking Effectively with Indigenous Peoples®book


Working with UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoplescourse introduced


Published21 Things You May Not Know About The Indian Act - Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Realitybook


PublishedIndigenous Relations, Insights, Tips & Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Realitybook


TheDeclaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Actunanimously passed by the British Columbia legislative Assembly


21 Thingsbookwon the 2019 Bill Duthie Booksellers' Choice Award


Introduced onlineIndigenous Relations Academy


COVID-19 pandemic arrived and many workers shifted to home office


Working Effectively with Indigenous Peoples®blog had its four millionth visitor


Indigenous Awarenesscourse offered in a new licensing option


First National Day for Truth and Reconciliation


IBA medal

ICT received the BC Indigenous Business of the Year Award (3-10 person enterprise)®


The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act received Royal Assent


On November 2nd, ICT marked their 20th Anniversary helping Canadians develop the skills to effectively, respectfully and meaningfully engage and work with Indigenous Peoples.


Pope Francis apologized for the Catholic Church’s role in residential school

Your Commitment+Our Training=Informed Indigenous Relations