Spirit Tool Kit

The Spirit Toolkit equates the Seven Sacred Aboriginal teachings with the 
three workers’ health and safety rights as part of storytelling within Sharing Circles.

Seven Sacred Teachings

  • Respect
  • Humility
  • Love
  • Truth
  • Honesty
  • Courage
  • Wisdom

Three Workers’ Rights

  • Right to Know
  • Right to Participate in Health & Safety Committees
  • Right to Refuse Unsafe Work

This toolkit contains background information and resources that are intended 
to be incorporated as part of Sharing Circles.  Each section includes a workshop plan 
with both the learning activity and resources available to support each learning activity.


Spirit Toolkit for Sharing Circle Guides

A. Spirit Toolkit for Sharing Circle Guides

B. Introduction

C. General Information for Sharing Circle Guides

D. Section 1 – 7 Sacred Aboriginal Teachings + 3 Worker’s Rights = Path to Workplace Health and Safety


E. Section 2 – Healing for Change


F. Section 3 – Identifying Hazards in your Workplace


G. Section 4 – Ergonomics


H. Section 5 – Respect in the Workplace


I. Section 6 – Violence Prevention at Work


J. Section 7 – Moving Forward with your Workplace Safety and Health Committee


K. Resources

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Dec 1st OHC Free Virtual Public Presentation - Remote Work and Mental Health: Harnessing Psychosocial Factors that Heal Rather than Fragment Workplaces

Dec 01, 2020 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am

OHC Free Virtual Public Presentation – Remote Work and Mental Health: Harnessing Psychosocial Factors that Heal Rather than Fragment Workplaces

Presented by: Geoffrey Thompson, OHN, Occupational Health Centre

The year 2020 has brought with it a host of rapid, destabilizing changes to workplaces across Canada. Due to ongoing public health restrictions, many workplaces were forced to send many of their staff home to work remotely. The ramifications of these changes on workplace culture, productivity and well-being are only now beginning to be fully understood. Alongside the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increase in job-related social isolation, disengagement and mental illness and there appears to be no end in sight. What’s required is a careful, intentional joint assessment on the part of employers, workers and stakeholders to fully understand root causes and to acknowledge the degree to which each factor can be controlled. With knowledge comes empowerment and opportunities to learn and grow both personally and organizationally. Join us as we attempt to unravel the complicated web of concerns surrounding “remote work” and identify where we can target our efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of all workers.

In this session we will:

  • Dive into the myriad of challenges related to remote working in 2020 – the good, the bad, and the barely tolerable
  • Describe psychosocial factors that may contribute to negative outcomes associated with remote working especially those leading to poor mental health
  • Identify personal strategies that will help to reframe, rethink and react constructively during periods of crisis and sudden change
  • Build on group/organizational strategies that promote psychological support and compassion in the workplace

Register your attendance by Nov 27th, clicking this link: Register Dec 1st Session

The login information for the session will be sent out after your registration.