Upon viewing Larry Yazzie’s presentation of the Meskwaki people, music and dancing, and panel discussion, I cannot help, but realize how essential it is for all government and industry partners to understand their impacts and contributions to the cultures and peoples surrounding the engineering profession. This unforgettable presentation sparked emotional connection to those in attendance, provided valuable information needed in future decision making opportunities regarding cultural considerations, and was a pinnacle point that set this industry day apart from others. In addition, the panel discussion was paramount to building collaborative participation among attendees and enforced the mission and vision of SAME by identifying solutions to complex issues, developing future leaders, and leading engineering professionals as they serve our nation.
My team at the Los Angeles Region of the American Red Cross had the pleasure of experiencing this enlightening program on working with Indigenous populations and was extremely impressed with the content and quality of the presentation.
The program they delivered was unique and unlike previous cultural competency training sessions, we have experienced. Specifically, we were engaged by the personal perspective, relevant content relating to how this impacts our disaster responders and community preparedness teams directly, and the entertainment value. They addressed matters relating to Indigenous communities and individuals but also brainstormed with our team through issues and challenges we face and how we may overcome those in practical and obtainable ways.
Some of the attendees stated, “this training was timely and relevant given the wildfire responses over the past years that impacted tribal lands.” Also, “I really appreciated Larry’s transparent and frank answers on how we should approach working with tribal leaders.”
I am thrilled to provide my highest recommendation to any organization seeking a quality DE&I training and competency program that is impactful and highly rated by attendees.
Thank you to Shawna Newman of the NDN Companies, Larry Yazzie, and Caroline Harland of Harland Resources for your time and quality presentation.