Indigenous Peoples Self Defense Classes

SAFE FirstNations Logo WhiteSAFE International™ intends to change the statistics you are about to read below.  We want to ensure that all Indigenous people are free from harm and get home to their families daily, safe and sound. We have implemented a self defense course to help make this possible. SAFE International™ has worked with Timiskaming First Nations and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg communities in addition to other workshops offered so that the youth, women and seniors in their communities know how to better protect themselves and we can help you too! Our SAFE International™ philosophy of self-protection is unlike any other which is evident from the fact that we have taught more than 200,000 people since 1994!


But First, Were You Aware That…

In Canada, Indigenous People account for almost one quarter of the victims despite comprising just five per cent of the population.

Rates of almost all types of violent victimization were higher for Indigenous people than for non-Indigenous people. Specifically, the sexual assault rate of Indigenous people was almost three times that of non-Indigenous people, while the physical assault rate of Indigenous people was nearly double that of non-Indigenous people.

In 2014, Indigenous people were more likely than non-Indigenous people to have been a victim of spousal violence in the past five years.

Half of Indigenous victims of spousal violence reported experiencing among the more severe forms of spousal violence, such as having been sexually assaulted, beaten, choked or threatened with a gun or knife. This compares with just under one-quarter of non-Indigenous victims of spousal violence.

Benefits of the SAFE International™ Self Defense Course Include...kitiganzibi

  • Participants will gain an understanding on how to avoid and prevent violence
  • How to communicate effectively to avoid and/or de-escalate conflict
  • Acquire knowledge of basic, practical self defense skills in a brief time period
  • Increase in confidence to deal with bullying, harassment or violence
  • Plus Much More


Why Choose SAFE International™ for Your Personal Protection Needs? 

The benefits are too many to name all of them, but the primary and most important reason is we teach self defense from A to Z.  There is a gross misconception that self defense begins and ends with learning a few physical techniques, but nothing could be further from the truth.  A credible self defense program recognizes and identifies every aspect of potential violence, from its social and antisocial point of view.  This begins with avoidance through prevention via both awareness and a solid understanding of how to avoid making one's self a target.  If awareness fails, then it is imperative to possess the necessary skills to verbally deescalate the confrontation.  If defusing fails and the threat persists or escalates, then every aspecxt of physical self defense is tackled from the ambush to the most common attacks and their defenses. 

This is not a martial arts class, MMA or fighting course.  Self defense is not a "system" or "style" of fighting; it is a legal term that states (in North America) you have the moral, legal and ethical right to terminate a threat within the parameters of the law.  First and foremost, self defense is about going home safely, it isn't about winning or losing, trophies, who started it, justice, revenge, teaching someone a lesson, NO, it's about avoiding confrontation and going home safely. 

DarrenDarren Marshall, SAFE International™, Director of Northern Ontario

Growing up in Northern Ontario I was exposed to an unhealthy amount of violence fueled by various social issues which are sadly so common in remote communities.

This led me to a lifetime of study and career work in the conflict management and security professional services.  You could say I was born to do this bringing real life experience to the Private Security Industry, training in and implementing conflict resolution, physical protection security, and situational and environmental awareness education.  With over 35 years of martial arts training with 22 years of them in the Security Industry and over 25 years experience teaching martial arts to students from across Canada, I was seeing how sharing my knowledge and experiences was changing lives, but I wanted to take it even further. 

In the Fall of 2017 I joined forces with SAFE International™ who bring with them an International recognition as one of the world leaders in Pure & Applied Self Defense having taught more than 200,000 people since 1994.  We both shared a similar passion and vision for wanting to teach those deemed most vulnerable in society.  I can think of no better organization to be aligned with to get this message out to the public. 


I took the facilitator training with SAFE International for many different reasons.  Personally, it has given me a lot of very essential prevention education and the simulated training was very eye opening in the way that any previous training I had taken proved to not work!!! Ha ha, I didn't need to try to recall the fancy ineffective techniques.  The way that SAFE International trains you is "natural" it is easily recalled in situations where your personal safety is on the line.  Professionally this training keeps me aware when going out on home visits in client's homes and now our team can spread the awareness and training to the community members to keep even more people safe. 

Thank you SAFE International!

Bobbie Jo Gregorcic, Clinical Supervisor for First Line Services/Mental Wellness Programs

"SAFE International provided us with both effective and highly memorable personal protection instruction through their unique ability to reach people in a way that enables them to retain and utilize the skills if necessary.  What distinguishes SAFE International from all other programs is how they present; with real-life simulated scenarios, with hands-on techniques and humour.  While the subject is a very serious one, Chris understands that learning in a safe, fun and enthusiastic environment is the best way to retain what is being presented."

Dan Lavigne, Social Programs Supervisor

"SAFE International is my first ever self defense training.  From what I've heard from my co-workers, it is the best self defense training they've received.  I enjoyed the fact that the verbal part was the component that was stressed upon most.  I absolutely loved howt he course was taught, and Chris has my full attention at all times.  I would definitely recommend this specific defense training to all of my family members!"

Candace Polson, Social Activities Coordinator

"Self defense training with SAFE International was an awesome and pleasant experience.  I really appreciate that the program they teach includes awareness and techniques to diffuse a potential attack,  but if I were unsuccessful at diffusing the situation I'm confident that the self defense techniques I learned are effective, easy to remember, easy to execute and could potentially save my life.  Thank You!"

Jennifer Bourdon, FLS Social Worker


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