NEW VENUE: BCGEU 2994 Douglas St.
not Fernwod Hall, 1923 Fernwood Rd.

A free facilitated event on decolonization!

Sponsored by SEA's newly reconstituted Indigenous Solidarity Working Group, professional facilitators Ashley Gillies and Pat Woodall will be leading participants through an exploration of the relationship between settler grassroots activists and the First Nations community.  

Wednesday, March 22 at 6 PM - 9 PM

NEW VENUE: BCGEU 2994 Douglas St.

not Fernwod Hall, 1923 Fernwood Rd.

The vital and pressing task of decolonization has proven somewhat treacherous and unpredictable, involving much complexity and untold challenges. The role of settlers in the process has proven murky at best, and in fact, often harmful and re-damaging. How can settlers show up as true allies in ways that work toward mutual empowerment and that respect the inherent autonomy and sovereignty of indigenous individuals and groups?

We are honoured to have the opportunity to start the evening sharing in a potluck meal with Songhees Elder Joan Morris, who will offer a tradtional welcome and blessing. She will then discuss issues raised in the newly released book chronicling her experiences with the notorious 'Indian Hospitals', "Medicine Unbundled: A Journey through the Minefields of Indigenous Health Care".

Nathalie Chambers of Madrona Farms and the Farmland Protection Coalition will also share thoughts on protocol and her friendship with Joan over the past few years in her journey of decolonizing. 

We are also honoured to have Joe Akerman join us for the evening - an integral leader through his work with the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) and in his efforts to protect Grace Islet.

In this forum we will create a space to deepen our understandings, awareness and commitments to the work of decolonization and the circumstances surrounding it. There will be some framing of the topic and issues, and then a facilitated process will take place involving dialogue, role-play, and break-out groups with the opportunity for personal sharing and deep listening. It is hoped that new and deeper understandings will emerge that will help to guide action and further steps toward meaningful, constructive allyship and justice.


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