Indigenous Awareness/Introduction to The Medicine Wheel Toronto, Nov 21-24, 2016
Indigenous Awareness/Introduction to The Medicine Wheel Toronto, Nov 21-24, 2016

Indigenous Awareness/Introduction to The Medicine Wheel Toronto, Nov 21-24,...

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Centre for Social Innovation

585 Dundas St. East 3rd Floor

Toronto, ON M5A 2B7


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Introduction to The Medicine Wheel  program provides participants with an introduction to Indigenous worldviews, philosophies and identities. The cultural, historical, societal, spiritual and psychological dimensions of pre-contact societies will be explored thus providing a framework for understanding traditional strengths of Indigenous communities, families and individuals. Students 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.


Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  • Apply the Medicine Wheel philosophy in their work life.
  • Understand and be able to identify Indigenous worldviews and philosophies.
  • Have a basic awareness of the traditional sacred ways of Indigenous peoples.
  • Understand the relationships between land, culture, and collective and personal identity.
  • Understand the relationship between ritual, gender and culture identity.
  • Appreciate the contributions of Indigenous cultures to humanity.
  • Understand the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: 94 Calls to Action.
  • Understand the role of colonization in the formation of stereotypes.
  • Be more familiar with the Medicine Wheel concept.
  • Learn how to work with Indigenous knowledge and wisdom keepers.
  • Learn how to make tobacco ties and approach Elders using protocols.


  1. The Medicine Wheel Training Program manual (Included)
  2.  The Sacred Tree (not included)

Accredited Trainers 

Jason Rocky Carter, Bear Standing Tall

 Total hours: 32

 Day 1 

 Introductions & Protocols

  • Lifting of the sacred pipe
  • Introductions 
  • Introduction to smudging
  • Introduction to the Medicine Wheel concept
  • The four directions
  • Concept of self
  • Concept of connectedness
  • Four aspects of everyone’s nature
  • Four stages of life
  • Concept of the four seasons
  • Sharing circle
  • Closing Prayer & song

 Day 2

 Opening Prayer & song

  • Sharing circle
  • Concept of vision
  • Concept of the four elements
  • Concept of Balance
  • Concept of learning
  • Four sacred medicines
  • The lodges of development
  • Where am I on the Medicine Wheel?
  • Sharing circle
  • Closing prayer & song


     Day 3

 Opening prayer & Song

  • Sharing circle
  • Residential Schools Video -Century of Genocide
  • TRC videos on Reconciliation
  • TRC 94 Calls to Action ( discussion)
  • Brushing off with eagle feather
  • Sharing circle
  • Closing prayer & Song


        Day 4

 Opening prayer & Song

  • Sharing circle
  • What is an Elder?
  • Role of an Elder
  • Individual/Group presentations 
  • Who are Indigenous Knowledge and wisdom Keepers?
  • Elder protocols and guidelines
  • Making tobacco ties
  • How to facilitate protocols 
  • Presentations of certificates (Family invited)
  • Feast & Spirit plate
  • Give away
  • Evaluations

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 the Medicine Wheel, Indigenous People, history, traditions, philosophy and basic awareness of spirituality.

Visit for more information.


 Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

Youth, adults, Elders are welcomed attend.

 What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

By TTC: Street Car Access

Helicopter: There is no landing pad. You may have to land at the airport and take a street car.

Car. There is heated underground parking under the building at $ 6/day

What should I bring to the event?

Ladies, please bring a long skirt. (protocol for ceremony)

Men: You are encouraged to bring your moccasins and ribbon shirts (If you have them).

All: We usually share our lunch like a potluck style. Bring muffins, bannock, vegetables, juice, water, cookies, stew, salad, super food etc.. We love to share food! 

All: Bring your hand drums and shakers.

 Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Call 416 806 4659 or email

 Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Yes, Use it now or use it later! limited early bird tickets are available.

 Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Your name will be on the list when you arrive.

 What is the refund policy?

Please be advised that Bear Standing Tall & Associates reserves the right to cancel or postpone any scheduled program without notice, due to low enrollment. All applications will be advanced to the next available training date and applicants will be informed of the change within an appropriate timeline. Thank you for your continued support and interest in our Indigenous Awareness & Cultural Sensitivity training.

 The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Of course!

Purchase our program for a friend, co-worker, relative or sponsor someone. 

I want to attend this training program but I'm way too busy with work and family!!

We offer the following online courses; at

1. Introduction to The Medicine Wheel 

2. IS 102 Indigenous Studies 

Weekend training dates. 

Nov 2016

Sundays, Nov,6,13, 20 & 27 




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