Local Indigenous Learning Series 2020

The conversation and commitment to anti-racism action starts here. The social impact sector has an important role to play in working towards reconciliation and anti-racism. This is an opportunity to learn and build your knowledge and understanding of Canada’s shared history, with a local emphasis. 

The Local Indigenous Learning Series provides access to learning opportunities, sharing circles, and resources that explore the history, heritage, cultures, rights and perspectives of Indigenous peoples in the three nations surrounding London - Chippewa of the Thames, Munsee-Delaware and Oneida, as well as the urban Indigenous population within the city. 

The series is designed to serve as a tool for gaining awareness and understanding of the original peoples of this land and explores the themes of recognition, respect, relationships and reconciliation.We do this by examining both historical and current day events, location, law, legislation and policies that have contributed to being separated, isolated, segregated and marginalized from mainstream society. The building of trusting and respectful relationships will occur through awareness, comfort, confidence and much improved communications. Participants will be expected to develop a community call to action towards reconciliation.


  • To provide some of the truth of Indigenous Canadians in order to inform our nonprofit community to do things differently

  • To explore what non-Indigenous participants need to know to work more respectfully across the nations

  • For the community to commit to real change and move towards genuine reconciliation including steps we need to take personally and professionally to commit to action

  • To build bridges, relationships and a way forward with our Indigenous neighbours

  • To learn about Indigenous racism from a local context  

The 2-part series was designed and is led by local Indigenous Knowledge and Wisdom Keepers.

SESSION ONE - October 19 - 1:00-3:00 PM

Anti-Indigenous racial discrimination and bias have profound negative impacts on Indigenous individuals and communities and it exists in our local community. Research demonstrates that we all harbor unconscious biases. The good news is that enhanced awareness and education can create an inclusive culture that identifies and helps mitigate and even eliminate these hidden biases. We want to have an honest conversation about true biases and misconceptions that our local Indigenous community has experienced. 

Following this learning, participants will join a sharing circle to talk about racial discrimination and biases including microaggressions that the Indigenous community has felt. You will hear from local Indigenous Knowledge Keepers and other community members who have felt first-hand the effects of bias and misconceptions. 

Education is essential in any effort to end racism.

SESSION TWO - October 26 - 1:00-3:00 PM

In the words of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, “reconciliation is about establishing and maintaining a mutually respectful relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in this country.” How do we establish, maintain and continue to grow a relationship rooted in separation, isolation, segregation and marginalization from mainstream society? How do we find a way to move forward? 

Our history and current realities are a shared experience; however, only one narrative is frequently told. Non-Indigenous individuals are part of the story and have to see themselves in the story. So what are we going to do about it? 

In the second part of this series, in small groups, and with the support of an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper, you will spend time reflecting on what you have learned about the racism that Indigenous communities face and begin to plan how you can make personal changes and identify action you can take within your organization. 

What does action look like? 

  • Initiate conversations with other nonprofit professionals about Indigenous racism that lives in our community

  • Design next steps towards establishing and maintaining mutually respectful relationships with the Indigenous community 

  • Explore the steps your organizaiton can take towards reconcilation e.g. develop an equity and inclusion assessment, review anti-racist hiring practices, enagaging diverse board members etc. 

  • What is preventing you or your organizations from doing the anti-racism work needed? How can we hold ourselves accountable?

TARGET AUDIENCE: London & Area Nonprofit Executive Directors, CEOs, senior leaders and management, board members - individuals who are committed to action and willing to do the hard work needed.

INVESTMENT: $20 members, $25 non-members (for both days)
We are charging a minimal fee to help us to sustain this journey of equity and inclusion that we are committed to continuing in our community. 
If the fee is a barrier to you attending please email sgergich@pillarnonprofit.ca

Thank you to the following individuals who made up our Indigenous Advisory Committee and provided the Indigenous guidance and support to help design this series.

Joe Antone

Mary Alikakos

Amanda Kennedy

Frances Elizabeth Moore

Leslee Whiteye

And a special thank you to Amanda Kennedy, Indigenous Social Innovator, Kuwahs^nahawi Enterprises for her role in helping us coordinate and facilitate the series.

Thank you to TD for supporting this series and making it available to our nonprofit community.

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