The Path is an online educational course developed by, NVision Insight Group, Inc., a majority Indigenous-owned firm with offices in Ottawa, ON and Iqaluit, NU. The course was designed to help Canadians increase their Indigenous cultural understanding, focusing on Canadian history and contexts. Topics include:
- Cultural and historical differences between First Nations, Inuit, and Métis;
- The evolution of the relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples from pre-European contact to today;
- Impacts of colonization on Indigenous peoples across Canada;
- Stories of social and economic success, reconciliation and resilience;
- Manitoba-specific lessons related to the topics above and much more.
All course content has been vetted by First Nations, Inuit and Métis advisors and an Indigenous lawyer. The course addresses various Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action, in particular, #27 which calls upon Canadian law societies to ensure all lawyers receive appropriate cultural competency training, which includes learning about “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.”
The Law Society’s Indigenous Advisory Committee worked with NVision to create four additional Manitoba lessons to enhance the course for Manitoba lawyers. These lessons provide a brief summary of the history of Indigenous peoples in Manitoba, highlight some key historical moments, significant precedent-setting legal cases and key pieces of legislation and inquiries, and describe the impact of colonization on Indigenous peoples in the province. They also look at the ways that Indigenous nations, communities and governments are engaging in reconciliation efforts with different levels of government in Canada.