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Workforce Warriors are developing a national leadership program for Indigenous of all ages that will build future Indigenous leaders, connect them together across the country, and expand their zone of influence, to drive positive change forward. Our leadership model will also provide mentorship and connection to elders/experienced members of the community to enable them to take on a greater leadership role while preserving culture & language.

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Workforce Warriors is developing more content to support learning about history, culture, langauge and other Indigenous facts. To learn more, see below videos as well as explore our website.

"Education is a universal human right, essential to bridging gaps in human well-being, equity and opportunity:

LoGina Cosentino, Indienous Peoples Advisory Consultant

We cherish all Indigenous languages and cultures.

Indigenous People have their own language, cultures, and traditions influenced by living relationships with their ancestral homelands. Today, Indigenous people speak some 4,000 languages. Workforce Warriors is working to ensure that each community’s cultures, idenities and languages are being respected, cherished and carried forward to support future generations.

What a great leader means

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Accriding to ICT Inc., Language is the foundation of culture. For Indigenous oral societies, words hold knowledge built over millenia. Language also holds the stories, songs, dances, protocols, family histories and connections. Languages also often hold the community’s customary laws that were eroded by the policies of the Indian Act. As many communities move towards a return to self-government, this loss of laws and systems of governance means some communities don’t have that knowledge to draw upon. When a language dies so does the link to the cultural and historical past. Without that crucial connection to their linguistic and cultural history, people lose their sense of identity and belonging (https://www.ictinc.ca/blog/why-is-it-important-to-protect-revitalize-indigenous-languages).

Also, for Indigenous Peoples their culture is the essence of who they are, who they belong to, where they come from, how they relate to one another. Culture is the accumulated teachings of ancestors. It is the basis of traditions, customs, protocols, values, spirituality, ceremonies, language, ways of knowing and being, and connections to the land and the life-sustaining resources of the land. Culture permeates all aspects of life and is essential to the overall well-being of Indigenous communities and individuals. If living within one’s culture and being involved in the rituals associated with ceremonies and traditions is the essence of Indigenous identity, health, and wellbeing then it can be argued that losing one’s culture, or being disassociated from it, can contribute to a breakdown of health and wellbeing (https://www.ictinc.ca/blog/why-is-indigenous-cultural-continuity-critical).

Self-confidence is esential attribute to being a leader and for being able to take risks and accomplish ones goals. … Leadership involves influencing others to embrace change and self-confidence allows the leader to feel assured that his or her attempts to they can influence in and appropriate and safe manner. Self confidence requires a positive self-image, and positve self image is at the foundation of wellness. Confident self assured youth are less likely to make poor life decisions.

Being a great leader means being driven by the needs of the whole, and not by personal or organizational agenas. Good communication, and seeing others perspectives, is a key component to being an effective leader.

According to Sonia McDonald, Award Winning Author & Leadership Coach, The most effective Leaders are those who serve: In these models, the leader, through listening , empathy and understanding, a great leader can make judgements about the direction most likely to be successful, and then be a steward for the workers towards that shared goal. This system allows everyone to grow and develop their skills and talents collaboratively: “Like parents, real leaders want to give all opportunities for growth and development they possibly can” (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/best-leaders-put-others-first-sonia-mcdonald/).

Working well in a team is essential to good leadership and the foundation of a students education; not only will students beging builidng a sold foundation for leadership, being better team players will make them stronger students. Teaching students to collaborate and depend on thier partners and teammates will set them up for success throughtout thier lives. Many adults are still trying to learn this one!

Budding leaders have to be given the chance to lead, take on more responsibility, and given the chance to grow their leadership skills though leadership roles/opportunites in the organization

According Forbes, problem solving is the essence of what leaders exist to do. As leaders, the goal is to minimize the occurrence of problems – which means we must be courageous enough to tackle them head-on before circumstances force our hand. … They see around, beneath and beyond the problem itself. They see well-beyond the obvious into innovative solutions. Introducing these concepts at a young age, according to Pen State, is the directon of early educators in the US.

According to Luthra and Dahiya 2015 (https://www.mcgill.ca/engage/files/engage/effective_leadership_is_all_about_communicating_effectively_luthra_dahiya_2015.pdf), bstract perfect and precise communication is of utmost importance to effective leadership. Effective communication act as an advantage of a leader to lead effectively. Communication enables leaders to provid context/reasoning and to share what they expect from others, and the importance of individual roles and responsibilites in the success of the whole team. So, it is effective communication, which makes leaders to lead successfully.

 

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