The Local Indigenous Learning Series

The conversation and action starts here. 

The nonprofit sector has an important role to play in working towards reconciliation. This series is an opportunity to learn and build your knowledge and understanding of Canada’s shared history, with a local emphasis. 

Under the themes of recognition, respect, relationships and reconciliation, 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.  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.

GOAL OF THE TRAINING:

  • To provide some of the truth 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
  • To build bridges, relationships and a way forward with our Indigenous neighbours   

YOUR CALL TO ACTION & COMMITMENT: 

This is a 2-part series and being repeated three times. Please only sign up for one series. There is limited space in each series so if you register, please commit to attending both parts. If for some reason you need to cancel, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can fill your spot. 

As part of this training, we are asking all of the participants to commit to improving Indigenous well-being in their nonprofit organizations.  Your registration for this series is your commitment to reconciliation. Genuine reconciliation is action. We want you to think about what you hope your call to action will be as part of this training. What this could look like:

  • A commitment to adding Indigenous well-being to your strategic plan
  • An organizational reconciliation plan
  • Employment hiring strategies 
  • Truth and reconciliation training for staff, board members and volunteers
  • Other ideas - what is possible for your organization?

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

TARGET AUDIENCE: Nonprofit Executive Directors, CEOs, senior leaders and management, board members - the decision makers

PLEASE NOTE:
TIME OF WORKSHOPS

While an end time has been provided, please be prepared to stay longer as we do anticipate that in the spirit of learning, many great conversations and questions will happen and we want to ensure everyone gets as much out of these sessions as possible. 

This series has been designed with the Indigenous sharing circle in mind which encourages dialogue, respect and the co-creation of learning content. When everyone has their turn to speak, when all voices are heard in a respectful and attentive way, the learning atmosphere becomes a rich source of information, identity, and interaction. We want to make sure that everyone’s voice will be heard.

LOCATION
The first workshop of each series will take place in one of our local Indigenous Communities. There will be travel involved.

SERIES DATES & WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

Below you will find the dates of the 3 series (remember to only register for one). Click on the individual titles to learn more about each workshop and action items you are committing to with your registration.

All workshops are scheduled to run 9 am to 1 pm (leave time in your calendar for travel and in case it runs over)

SERIES #1 - October 21 & 28 - Click HERE to register

Oct 21
Title: Indigenous 101: The Truth
Location: Antler River Seniors Complex

Oct 28
Title: Call to Action: Our Truth
Location: Innovation Works

SERIES #2 - November 8 & 15 - SERIES FULL 
To be added to the waitlist please email sgergich@pillarnonprofit.ca.

Nov 8
Title: Indigenous 101: The Truth
Location: Munsee- Delaware Community Centre

Nov 15
Title: Call to Action: Our Truth
Location: Innovation Works

SERIES #3 - December 2 & 9 - SERIES FULL
To be added to the waitlist please email sgergich@pillarnonprofit.ca.

Dec 2
Title: Indigenous 101: The Truth
Location: Oneida Fairgrounds Hall

Dec 9
Title: Call to Action: Our Truth
Location: Innovation Works

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 the Department of Canadian Heritage for funding this series and making it available at no fee to our nonprofit community.

 

 



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