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How to be an Ally: The Experience - Healing the Sacred Circle

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CSI Lounge, Centre for Social Innovation - Regent Park

585 Dundas Street East, 3rd floor

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How to be an Ally: The Experience - Healing the Sacred Circle

Join us for a powerful two-hour experience and learn in a non-colonized way about The Doctrine of discovery, Terra Nullius, The Indian Act, Reservations, The Pass System, Treaties, Residential Schools, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Healing the Sacred Circle, The Four Gifts for all Humanity, and Learning to be an Ally with Indigenous Peoples.

The Experience is ceremonial, factual, authentic and indigenized, using video and audio technology. Within the one-hour time frame, followed by a second hour dedicated to debriefing, The Experience offers a holistic learning opportunity incorporating all four aspects of our being: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. Emphasis will be placed on learning that will happen through all the five senses: Touch, Smell, Sound, Sight and Taste.

There is child minding and food!

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Speaker: Bear Standing Tall

Bear Standing Tall is Nehiyaw originally from Onion Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan, treaty 6 territory. He is a knowledge & wisdom keeper, entrepreneur & founder of Bear Standing Tall Corporate Training of Toronto. His work includes consulting, educating, training, public speaking, ambassador for the Gord Downie Chaine Wenjack fund and a volunteer for Kairos Canada, raising awareness of impacts of Residential Schools and how to be an ally with Indigenous Peoples. His work creates a bridge between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Allies through Indigenous Cultural Sensitivity Training. At Brandon University, MB, he completed a Bachelor of First Nations and Aboriginal Counselling Degree & is certified with four levels of medicine wheel counsellor training & three levels of medicine wheel facilitator training. He is also a sun dancer, pipe carrier, lodge keeper, singer, drummer, leads traditional ceremonies and believes in learning from our elders. He genuinely loves his work sharing authentic Indigenous knowledge that creates healing, wellness & reconciliation for Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies including newcomers to Canada.

Learn more at www.medicinewheeltrainer.com

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What is "How to be an Ally"?

As more and more of us confront the fact that the world is not equitable for all, it is crucial for us to understand what our role is in supporting one another and together, figure out the systems and society that work for everybody.

One step that we’re taking at the Centre for Social Innovation is piloting a new event series that focuses on creating safe spaces for us to ask questions, challenge assumptions, learn about what makes each individual unique and complex, and what makes us one. The kinds of questions we hope to ask include, but are not limited to: How do I check my privilege? How can we engage in a conversation around identity, oppression, and colonialism? How do we learn from each other? How do we work together?

How can I be an ally?

If you want to be an ally, please join us for our first two events in this series. We have asked leaders from the CSI community to speak about their lived experiences, their professional practice building bridges among communities and to share their thoughts on how someone could be their ally. This will be followed by a facilitated Q&A.

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For anyone requiring accommodation to be able to attend this workshop (i.e. tokens, child minding), please email Denise (denise@socialinnovation.ca). We’re constantly learning and exploring different ways to live up to our value of creating healthy cultures and we’re always open to feedback!

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Will there be more “How to be an Ally” events?

To get on the mailing list for more workshops on different topics through How to be an Ally series, submit your contact information by clicking here.

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