Indigenous Cultural Sensitivity Training – 3-Day Retreat For Professionals

Indigenous Cultural Sensitivity Training – 3-Day Retreat For Professionals
with Bear Standing Tall, a Nehiyaw from Onion Lake Cree Nation

Fall 2019

Friday at 6pm to Monday at 3pm (3-Day Retreat)

The Hive Centre and Bee & Bee

Exchange – With Accommodations:

$1,800.00Add to cart

Exchange – No Accommodations:

$1,600.00Add to cart

Exchange – *Payment Plan (Deposit):

$495.00Add to cart

Indigenous Cultural Sensitivity Training (Level I) provides participants with an introduction to Indigenous worldviews, philosophies and identities. Participants will develop conceptual and personal frameworks to understand the relationship of Indigenous identity to cultural, social, spiritual and personal values utilizing the Medicine Wheel Philosophy.

During this 3-day, 24-hr Indigenous Cultural Sensitivity Training with Bear Standing Tall, you will:

  • Explore aspects of the Medicine Wheel related to interconnectedness, self-discovery and personal growth
  • Understand the relationships between land, culture, collective and personal identity
  • Learn how to facilitate a Medicine Wheel Workshop respectfully and confidently
  • Uncover the true history of Indian Residential Schools from an Indigenous Lens
  • Understand how to work with Elders, Indigenous Knowledge, and Wisdom Keepers
  • Learn how to make Tobacco Ties and approach Elders using protocols
  • Receive a 24 hour credit towards a First Nations Wellness/Addictions Counsellor Certification with this accredited program

Using an experiential learning wholistic approach, understand the four aspects of the Medicine Wheel concept:

  • Spiritual: Traditional Indigenous Ceremonies, Sun Dance Songs, Spirit Plate, Smudging & Prayer
  • Emotional: Sharing Circles, Talking Sticks, Sacred Eagle Feather
  • Physical: Talking, Presenting, Engergizers, Leading Smudging Ceremony
  • Mental: Learn 10 Concepts of the Medicine Wheel, 94 Calls to Action by Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, Guidelines & Best Practices for Leading Healing, Talking, Sharing Circles and Introduction to a Bear Standing Tall Online Course

You will nurture your spiritual aspect of the Medicine Wheel and learn tools and applications that are useful for personal wellness, group work and presentations. Participants will have a basic awareness of the traditional sacred ways of Indigenous peoples and be more familiar with the Medicine Wheel concept.

Who should take this training?

Wellness Workers, Counsellors, Frontline Workers, Social Workers, Health Workers, Educators, Child & Family Services Workers, Public Servants, Facilitators, Newcomers to Canada, Individuals, Agencies & Organizations that work with Indigenous People in Canada. Anyone interested in learning more about Indigenous People, history, traditions, philosophy and basic awareness of spirituality. Also, those that have an interest in learning more about the Circle of Life/Sacred Hoop/Medicine Wheel.


  • Accommodations in a shared room (first come, first served – limited space available) – With Accommodations Option (arrive anytime after 2pm on Sunday)
  • Meals, Snacks and Beverages (excluding the *potluck dinner during the first gathering on Sunday). Please advise of any dietary restrictions at least 1 week prior to the retreat.
  • Bear Standing Tall’s “Introduction to the Medicine Wheel” Manual
  • 2 Individual Passes for family members to attend the Spirit Plate Feast (final gathering)

 In the spirit of community, participants are asked to bring a favourite dish to share for a *potluck dinner on the first night of the retreat.

View photos and a video of the last Indigenous Cultural Sensitivity Training Retreat with Bear Standing Tall at The Hive.

About Bear Standing Tall

Bear Standing Tall is Nehiyaw from Onion Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan, Treaty 6 Territory. His pursuit of education in health studies began in Edmonton, Alberta where he discovered the Medicine Wheel at Nechi Institute Centre of Indigenous Learning and found his passion in spirituality and culture. Bear Standing Tall completed a Bachelor or First Nations and Aboriginal Counselling Degree in Brandon, Manitoba. He now resides in Toronto, Ontario, continuing his graduate studies. Bear Standing Tall has been a sundancer for 10 years and is on a healing journey of learning from Elders and continuing his indigenized education.

Bear Standing Tall is certified in the following:

  • Bachelor of First Nations & Aboriginal Counselling Degree
  • Accredited Trainer ICBOC Indigenous Certification Board of Canada
  • Medicine Wheel Counsellor Level Four
  • Professional Medicine Wheel Facilitator Level III
  • Certified Addiction Counsellor
  • Native Addiction Worker Diploma
  • Native Addiction Worker Certificate
  • CCPC Certified Addiction Counsellor Level II
  • CAT: Community Addictions Training
  • ACT: Advanced Counsellor Training
  • AFM: Gambling Counselling Training
  • Traditional Family Parenting Training

About The Hive Centre and Bee & Bee

The Hive is comprised of two buildings – an old historical church, The Hive Centre, and a retro executive home, The Hive Bee & Bee, nestled in 18 acres of the Wilmot Creek Commemorative Forest. Both The Hive Centre and the Bee & Bee are used to deliver programming and are available for private events.

The Hive is less than half an hour away from most of the Durham Region and Peterborough area and just an hour away from most of the Greater Toronto and Northumberland area. Conveniently Located at the Gateway to the Ganaraska just 10 minutes North of Hwy 401 via Hwy 35/115 and then 2 minutes West on Concession Rd 8 – Leskard, Ontario.

*Payment Plan: To make it easy, you can choose to pay in four monthly installments. Pay the initial deposit and The Hive will auto-deduct the same amount ($495 + tax) every month for the next three months. If a greater payment frequency is required, please contact us at Thank you!