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INDIGENOUS CULTURE
AWARENESS TRAINING

 

St. Eugene Resort is a proudly owned First Nations resort in the heart of the Kootenays.
The Resort’s history offers an important backdrop for groups to learn about Indigenous Culture and world views. Once a residential school, Ktunaxa Elders reclaimed and restored the property to create the Resort, which is now a source of hope, strength, and pride.
Our Indigenous Culture and Relations Training is led by Ktunaxa Nations’ knowledge holders and Elders in a hands-on environment. Learn about and discuss past, present, and future issues related to First Nations, listen to Ktunaxa elders share legends around the campfire, or discover the traditional arts of beading or moccasin making.

What is the Indigenous Culture Awareness Training?

St Eugene’s Indigenous Culture Awareness Training centres upon recognition, reconciliation and the building of cross cultural relationships. Presented by the Ktunaxa Nation at a former residential school site (St Eugene Mission), it is a multi-faceted workshop that examines the legacies of the past, identifies jurisdiction, and generates solutions for economic self-sufficiency and respectful and just relationships with Indigenous groups.

Who is this training for?

The training is a perfect introduction for corporate groups who are pursuing understanding and sensitivity in their relationships with Indigenous people. Training participants will reflect upon some challenging subject matter in a positive and supportive environment. This training is ideal for those who:

  1. Currently operate with or alongside Indigenous employees and communities
  2. Work with Indigenous governments and businesses and want to be more effective
  3. Need to learn how to outreach, recruit and retain qualified Indigenous employees
  4. Need to learn how to build positive trusting relationships to enhance business opportunities for all

PROGRAM OFFERINGS

CROSS CULTURAL TRAINING

An introduction to Indigenous history, culture, and world views in British Columbia and Canada. Learn about the impacts of colonization, the Indian Act, and residential schools on Indigenous peoples and gain an understanding of Ktunaxa past, present, and future.

Learn about colonization, First Peoples’ history, and impacts in a safe exercise facilitated by a Kairos instructor.

Take a journey through Ktunaxa history from creation to the present day. You will be guided through our Interpretive Centre and the former residential school and the beautiful resort it has become. This tour includes a screening of “Survivors of the Red Brick School”, a compelling documentary of stories as told by school survivors.

A fun and educational team building exercise where participants will be taught by a Ktunaxa knowledge holder how to properly raise a tipi.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES & CRAFTS

Learn from a Ktunaxa knowledge holder about Ktunaxa traditional games and participate in various Ktunaxa skill building activities. These games involve moderate physical exercise.

Learn from a Ktunaxa knowledge holder how to make dream catchers, mini moccasins, mini headdresses, mini drums, pine needle baskets or beading.

KTUNAXA STORY TELLING

LEGENDS

Listen to a Ktunaxa knowledge holder tell the story of Ktunaxa creation and other legends as well as personal experiences. This includes a meal of Bison Burgers, salads, desserts, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Sample Itinerary

Check in 4 PM
Welcome, instructions and overview 5 PM
Former residential school tour 5:30 – 7 PM
Dinner 7 – 8 PM
Free Time 8 PM
Breakfast 8 – 9 AM
Introduction to Ktunaxa – Cross Cultural Workshop 9 AM – 12 PM
Lunch 12 – 1 PM
Activities 1 – 2:30 PM
Journey review, mementos and farewell 2:30 – 3 PM

What will my Team Take Away?

Upon completion of the training, participants will receive a memento commemorating the commencement of their journey to greater understanding and their commitment to striving for a brighter future. Much of the experience you take away will be intangible, but could be summarized as:

  1. Understanding the importance of local language, greetings, acknowledgement of the land and traditional territories
  2. Understanding the importance of Indigenous relationships to resources such as land, air, water and wildlife
  3. Awareness of how to engage meaningfully and respectfully
  4. Learning how to be an advocate for Indigenous rights and values in society and business

The Details

Group size: 6-24 people are recommended

Contact our sales team for group rates and availability

Meals at St. Eugene’s award winning Numa Restaurant are not included in the fees

Looking for more or customization? We can tailor a package to your needs. Contact our sales team for details

ABOUT ST. EUGENE RESORT

The Resort offers a variety of customizable spaces to suit all group sizes, from small board meetings to large conventions. Our experienced conference services department will match your event with the rooms that best suit your needs as well as provide complete support for audio-visual rentals and specific event orders.

As well, our catering team offers a full range of meal services, including breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, receptions and snack breaks. Up-to-date catering packages can be requested from the sales team or the conference services manager.

OUR HERITAGE

The Resort is proudly owned by the Ktunaxa Nation who, for over 10,000 years, have seasonally migrated across their traditional territory of the Kootenay and Columbia River Valleys.

The magnificent Spanish-colonial main building you see today was once the St. Eugene Mission, built as a residential school for Ktunaxa youth in 1910. The school was finally closed in 1970 and remained empty for the next two decades until band elders decided to restore the property as a hotel.

This restoration took ten incredibly difficult years as band members worked to strip the interiors back to its iconic red brick walls. The golf course opened first in May 2000 as a masterpiece from acclaimed architect Les Furber. The Casino of the Rockies, the only casino operated on Indian Reserve lands in British Columbia, opened next in September 2002, followed in January 2003 by the St. Eugene Hotel.

To our knowledge, the St. Eugene Mission is the only project in Canada where a First Nation has transformed the icon of an often-sad period of its history into a powerful economic engine by converting a residential school into a resort hotel.

OUR ACCOMMODATIONS

With 125 guestrooms and suites, St. Eugene Golf Resort & Casino can easily accommodate conferences, weddings, corporate retreats and events of any size. All rooms underwent a full renovation in 2013 with upgrades including new carpets, bedding, TVs, coffeemakers and new furniture.

The Resort features several room and suite styles, with 100 of those rooms in the newer Lodge building and 25 deluxe rooms in the heritage Mission building. Blocks and group rate inquires can be directed to the sales team who will assist you in selecting the best style and number of rooms for your event.

Standard Lodge Rooms boast new upgrades and comfort at the best possible value, with a variety of bed choices available including one king, two queens or two doubles and with some rooms featuring balconies.

Premier Garden Lodge Rooms provide guests with wonderful south-facing views of the front courtyard and gardens, all with newly upgraded amenities and with some featuring balconies. Our mid-value rooms, bed choices include one king, two queens or two doubles.

Deluxe Mission Rooms are all beautifully appointed and uniquely designed within the heritage Mission building, featuring exposed brick walls, vaulted ceilings, replaces and rounded windows. West-facing rooms enjoy expansive views of our golf course while east-facing rooms face the courtyard and gardens in front of a magni cent backdrop of the Rocky Mountains.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

NUMA LOUNGE & DINING ROOM

Fresh, bright and innovative entrees. A casual contemporary cuisine experience located in the Mission building.

THE 19th HOLE BAR & GRILL

is open during golf season and located in the Clubhouse next to the Pro Shop, providing a wide selection of freshly made snacks, salads, sandwiches and burgers.

Kiʔsuʔk k̓ikiⱡ

serves the Casino of the Rockies with a traditional assortment of classic lounge fare.

OUR LOCATION

Conveniently located in the heart of the East Kootenays in British Columbia, the Resort is just five minutes from the Canadian Rockies International Airport and only a 50-minute direct flight from Calgary or a 1.5 hour direct flight from Vancouver.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURES & LOCAL EXCURSIONS

The East Kootenays are a year-round playground, and our sales team can arrange half-day or full-day excursions to make your meeting or event all the more memorable. Such local activities and attractions include but are not limited to:

Golf Tournaments
Photography Excursions
Whitewater Rafting
Downhill Skiing
Horseback Riding
ATV Tours
Snowshoeing
Fly Fishing
The Canadian Museum Of Rail Travel
Kimberley’s Underground Mining Railway
Fort Steele Heritage Town

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