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How to be an Ally: Working with Urban Indigenous Women

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Meeting Room 1, Centre for Social Innovation - Regent Park

585 Dundas Street East, 3rd floor

Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

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How to be an Ally: Working with Urban Indigenous Women

This is a conversation with Denise B. McLeod on urban Indigenous women's realities and moving past stereotypes and changing perspectives. It also aims to build partnerships between Indigenous and mainstream service providers and organizations that can facilitate the provision of wrap-around, holistic supports for Indigenous children and families. The format will be an intimate conversation with Denise B. McLeod, co-founder of Ode'Min Giizis Indigenous Full Spectrum Doula Collective in a Q&A style with Adil Dhalla, the Executive Director at CSI. The focus will be on how mainstream agencies can build capacity within their work to understand issues faced by urban Indigenous women.

Speaker: Denise B. McLeod

Denise B. McLeod is Anishnawbe (Ojibway) and her ancestral lands are Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation on the North Shore of Lake Huron. She has worked closely with urban Indigenous community in Toronto as the Cultural Coordinator at the Native Canadian Cultural Centre, Urban Indigenous Family Violence Prevention and Culture Coordinator at the Native Women's Resource Centre. She is also the co-founder of Ode'Min Giizis Indigenous Full Spectrum Doula Training program and is an instructor at the George Brown College’s Assaulted Women and Children’s Counselor and Advocate program.

Denise began her career in front line social service work in the United Kingdom working with people with intellectual disabilities. Denise is interested in the intersections of midwifery, gender based violence and Indigenous governance both professionally and through her own educational pursuits at York University; focusing specifically, on the reclamation of Indigenous culture, language and ceremony. Denise is a proud founding member of Toronto based Indigenous Women’s comedy collective, Manifest Destiny’s Child Denise sits on the Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto Community Council. In addition to her community work, Denise is a very proud mother of two teenaged humans.

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The cost to run this conversation has been covered by the Social Innovation Institute to ensure that the event is free. 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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