SFPIRG: Truth-Telling and Decolonization

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Decolonization 101

Saturday March 15th, 11am – 5pm
Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, Vancouver

In this interactive, experiential workshop we will explore the history and impacts of colonization in Canada, with the aim of understanding how we can now work to create positive social change. We will focus primarily on specific contexts for non-Indigenous people’s decolonizing work. This will include creating space to define who we are as individuals and look at what decolonization means, within ourselves and the systems we work within. We will practice taking personal responsibility, including looking at what stops us and how we can overcome these struggles. Our aim will be to build allegiance with centuries of Indigenous resistance and to build new models for moving forward.

The workshop will be facilitated by Rain Daniels. Rain is Anishinaabe from the Saugeen Nation in Ontario, born in Coast Salish territory in Vancouver. She has worked with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and communities for the last 20 years in capacities that include front-line work and community development. She also facilitates training, educational
workshops, and community processes. Enhancing working relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people is the focus of her work.

Everyone welcome. A light lunch will be provided. ASL translation will be provided if requested before Fri. March 7th. (Request when registering.)

Register here.

The Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG) is a student-funded and student-directed resource centre dedicated to social and environmental justice. SFPIRG is founded on a set of values that have been developed by successive generations of students who care about social and environmental justice. These values include a commitment to the work of ending all forms of oppression; and one key piece of anti-oppression is the work of learning about and resisting colonialism – or, to put it another way, the work of promoting decolonization.

At SFPIRG we see decolonization as a process that is relevant to every one of us. As Nora Burke wrote in Building a “Canadian” Decolonization Movement: Fighting the Occupation at “Home,” “Decolonization is not a process which entails solely the Indigenous nations of this continent. All people living in Canada have been distorted by colonialism.” To recover from this distortion requires that each of us learn new ways of relating to one another, to the land, to Indigenous nations and to the Canadian state.

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