Communication Skills for Indigenous Guardians

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Communication Skills for Indigenous Guardians


Being an Indigenous Guardian requires strong communication skills. Indigenous Guardians interact with their community, the general public and resource users, and other resource management practitioners.  

Your Indigenous Guardians are often a visible presence in your territory and therefore act as ambassadors for your community. This means they need to be comfortable and skilled at communicating with a diverse group of people in various situations. Some communication skills include: 

  • Interpersonal Communications – communication styles and approaches
  • Conflict Resolution – dealing with conflict in the field, “verbal judo”
  • Public Speaking – speaking with resource users in the field, presenting at community events, outreach with youth and community members
  • Writing and Reporting – taking good field notes, daily/weekly activity logs, report writing
  • Leadership – team-building, leadership styles, group dynamics