I gave a presentation at a conference in June 2021 that was hosted by the Canadian Mental Health Association Saskatchewan Division and Service Hospitality and I was honoured to do so. The conference was called, We’re Only Human – Promoting Positive Workplace Wellness and my presentation was about Intercultural Competence and Workplace Wellness. My presentation was pre-recorded, but during the live question and answer period afterwards, I was asked if the TRC mentioned the IDI®.
I replied that it did not, but that intercultural competence was included as one of the 94 Calls to Action and therefore, there was an indirect link to the IDI® as it is a premier assessment tool that measures intercultural competence. For follow up and clarity, I thought I would post the relevant Call to Action in this website’s blog. Here it is:
Professional Development and Training for Public Servants
57. We call upon federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal governments to provide education to public servants on the history of Aboriginal peoples, including 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. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competence, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.
When I reviewed the TRC Calls to Action, I remembered that I had been inspired by Call to Action 57 to found my consulting practice and help leaders develop intercultural competence through the IDI® approach. Thank you to the individual who asked this important question and for helping me to reconnect with one of my motivations for doing the work I do.