This workshop is intended for equipping groups with the right tools for understanding the call to actions on Truth and Reconciliation, and begin to do the work to create new awareness within the structures and systems we find ourselves in.
Through the collaboration and group process in reflection upon the 94 calls to action, experiential activities, participants will leave with a clearer sense of purpose, capacity and connection to these relationships of being an agent of change to liberate the invisible beliefs and biases that separate us from being able to make structural shifts in our work in the world, ourselves and with each other.
The principle of ‘de-centering dominant culture’ (and RE-centering the visions and voices of communities that have been marginalized by mainstream), and the topic of how we might work to further decolonize organizational cultures at a board or staff level. In that respect, this program is not a “how to” transform organizational cultures. It’s more about conversation, presentation, and inspiration (to summon the courage and vulnerability necessary to do this authentically and fiercely) rather than information.
Much of this is preparatory work—getting comfortable with being uncomfortable; with what comes up as we deeply consider some of the problematic assumptions embedded in how we see the world and do the work we do. This is one of many steps in unsettling mindsets and foundations; aerating the soil to help get unstuck, and create space so that we’re more able to access the critical and creative thinking needed to imagine how we might do things differently.
It's necessary to share meaning. An organization is a link of relationships, so that we can work together. And it only works if we have a shared culture --which implies that we have shared meaning/purpose.
Kim Haxton is a multifaceted, multidimensional educator, rooted in knowledge and steeped in community. She is Potowatami from Wasauksing. She has worked across Turtle Island and abroad in various capacities, always emphasizing local leadership development toward genuine healing. In her work with IndigenEYEZ, a creative arts based organization she co-founded, Kim works with Indigenous communities toward decolonization and liberation. Grounded in the arts and the natural world for embodied awareness and facilitated
rites of passage, Kim develops de-escalation skills, trauma recovery, diversity and anti-oppression education. She had been working with traditional plant medicines. Kim has developed and facilitated programs internationally, and has been working in land-based education and leadership in corporate and non-profit agencies for the past 25 years.