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Principled Engagement with

Indigenous People

 

"It was such an amazing opportunity to share our thoughts and emotions...

felt that the space was really safe to have deeper conversations

about my positionality, decolonization and engagement with Indigenous people.

I think the sessions were wonderfully moderated for a digital environment...

thank you for facilitating an amazing two sessions!"

Workshop Participant, 2021

Responding Critically in the Moment (people talking looking intense, with speech bubbles and thought bubbles)

Learners often share that they need opportunities to practice their skills in responding to Indigenousspecific racism, enacting social justice, and advocating for equity. We have found that many participants have more willingness and capacity to respond in other situations of oppression and inequity (sexism, homophobia, etc.); whereas, this does not necessarily translate to responding to Indigenous-specific harms. As participants witness each other’s learning process, they experience…

 

  • enhancement of response skills,

  • deepened recognition of ongoing and embedded colonial patterns,

  • heightened awareness of forms of resistance,

  • increased skill to “decode” various everyday situations, and • peer-to-peer supportive practice and accountability.

 

This advanced workshop heightens consciousness of the normalization of racism and the need for a decolonizing lens. Multiple learning edges are engaged and prompts learners to appreciate the need for ongoing commitment and accountability.

By applying a decolonizing lens, non-Indigenous participants examine the connection between the past and present, and explore beliefs, attitudes, and current structural tensions impacting Indigenous People. Through dialogue, critical analysis, and case studies, participants will locate their own learning needs, and goals for action for principled engagement with Indigenous People. This dynamic, interactive and co-facilitated workshop includes…

 

  • linking significant events impacting Indigenous People, past and present, 

  • uncovering and naming common beliefs, attitudes, and colonial patterns impacting Indigenous People,

  • exploring the way that systemic privilege and power function,

  • applying the learning through case studies, and

  • identifying personal and organizational actions needed in addressing colonial patterns.

Responding to

Indigenous-Specific Racism

“...I feel much more comfortable in my ability to identify/respond to Indigenous racist remarks”.

Workshop Participant, 2021

Responding to racism can present various challenges for different people. This advanced workshop supports learners to apply their heightened awareness of the normalization of Indigenous-specific racism, to taking action.

 

Participants will...

  • enhance response skills, including heightened ability to address resistance,

  • deepen their recognition of ongoing and embedded colonial patterns and increase skill to “decode” everyday situations,

  • engage in peer-to-peer supportive practice.

Delving deeper into the meaning of a Land Acknowledgement, this session will support participants to develop and crystalize their own understanding about accountability, reciprocity and relationships. This includes integrating a decolonial lens of how land and relationships with Indigenous people are connected to one's life and work. 

Learning Assessment 

 

"I learned a lot, and was reminded of the current ways in which systemic racism is impacting Indigenous Peoples".

Workshop Participant, 2021

Tailored to your organization, this 3-hour post-workshop session is designed to support ongoing awareness and commitment to decolonizing antiracism work. Participants critically reflect on individual and organizational strengths and challenges, allowing learners to identify plans of action. Learners assess their individual learning needs and organizational recommendations for change.

Meaningful Land Acknowledgements

"The approach to land acknowledgements that Chelsey modelled has given me a lot to think about,

and  consider how I can make land acknowledgements more impactful and meaningful". 

Eileen

 

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