Indigenous-only groups

We place the highest importance on ensuring that Indigenous participants feel supported. One way we do this is by offering Indigenous participants the choice between courses that are run in Indigenous-only groups, or mixed Indigenous and settler groups. The same curriculum is covered in both groups. Indigenous participants will also have access to Elder supports and Indigenous facilitators, no matter which group they choose.


The main differences are as follows. In the mixed groups, participants learn about the foundations of cultural safety and anti-Indigenous racism.  Through interactive activities, participants examine culture, stereotyping, and the consequences and legacies of colonization. Participants will also be introduced to tools for developing more effective communication and relationship building skills. Group discussions and journal questions are framed from a non-Indigenous perspective. Groups are facilitated by both Indigenous and settler facilitators.


In the Indigenous-only groups, all participants and facilitators are Indigenous. The same content is covered, but the group discussions and journal questions are framed from an Indigenous perspective. We offer Indigenous-only cohorts because some Indigenous participants may feel more safe learning about and discussing difficult topics with each other. Indigenous-only groups are made available for courses based on demand.  For more information about different types of groups and how San’yas supports Indigenous participants, please contact


Key Course Goals

Our online training courses have been carefully designed for different types of learners, in different locations across Canada. We have partnered with leaders in Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia to develop province- and sector-specific Core Training courses. We have also developed Core Training for learners in any sector, as well as Advanced Training that is national in scope. To date, we have trained over 150,000 learners, including people who work in finance, education, government, business, not-for-profits, health care, mental health, justice, child welfare, and research.