Building better justice responders - cultural humility training
Our specialized cultural humility training involves working with justice sector responders (lawyers, law students, judges, etc.) to increase their knowledge on the histories and lived realities of Indigenous communities. “Cultural humility” is a step beyond mere competency and involves critical self-reflection to understand how personal and systemic biases impact the way we interact with the individuals and communities we aim to serve. Level’s training sessions provide participants with some of the tools needed to approach their work with empathy and understanding.
Level has been facilitating cultural humility training sessions with justice responders since 2012. These sessions highlight the histories and lived realities of Indigenous peoples in Canada and encourage attendees to approach their work with Indigenous communities from a place of allyship. Sessions are led by Indigenous elders and knowledge keepers, who provide a cultural teaching, often focused on humility and finding balance using traditional practices. Following this, we generally facilitate panel discussions featuring Indigenous leaders from various backgrounds, including lawyers, social workers, teachers, and police officers, who share tips and best practices for working with Indigenous communities and youth.
Our training sessions provide attendees with insights and challenges for shifting from a passive form of reconciliation to a more active one, encouraging people to embrace cultural humility rather than mere cultural competence.