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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 Booth 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 Booth McLeod, Indigenous & Community Engagement Coordinator at Toronto Birth Centre 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 Booth McLeod

Denise Booth 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, and is currently the Indigenous & Community Engagement Coordinator at Toronto Birth 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. She now dedicates her time and efforts to her passion: preserving the cultures and traditions of Indigenous/Anishnawbe peoples and is committed to creating positive spaces that break down stereotypes and barriers where Indigenous peoples can be proud to self-identify. Denise is the Vice President of Street Haven at the Crossroads Board of Directors and Aboriginal Legal Services Community Council. Denise is also a proud member of Manifest Destiny's Child Comedy Collective.

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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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