kinSHIFT workshops are designed to help you shift how you feel, how you relate, and how you act.
Elements of Truth:
The purpose of these workshops is to build foundational skills for reconciliation, rather than token practices. No background training is necessary and you will leave with the capacity to think, feel, relate, and act differently.
kinSHIFT offers a series of easily accessible public workshops based on Elements of Truth - BEFORE RECONCILIATION, with the four themes of Earth, Air, Fire & Water. They are delivered virtually and you can attend from anywhere. You are warmly encouraged to attend all four workshops, but they are designed in a way that you can learn, participate, and contribute in each stand alone, non sequential workshop if you can’t attend them all.
“These workshops created a safe space, a place for me to be able to express myself and not feel awkward or weird. I loved the amount of fun people were able to have too. Today I will take away growth in self and some key realizations to take home with me.”
2022/2023 Elements of Truth workshop dates:
Fridays: September 30, October 7, 14, and 21, 2022, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
Mondays: January 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2023, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
Fridays: March 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2023, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
Elements of Change
The Elements of Change series is specifically intended for settler Canadians who have already taken at least two or more of kinSHIFT’s Elements of Truth workshops (Earth, Air, Fire or Water) and are ready to deepen their learning in a more intimate setting that includes small and large group dialogue. These four-part workshops center Indigenous voices, providing opportunities to learn from our experienced facilitation team and guest speakers. You can choose to take one or both workshops.
Creating Communities of Co-Resistance offers a welcoming space for you to continue your journey toward better understanding your role and responsibilities in unsettling colonial narratives and practices within your organizations and personal lives.
Why Land & Place Matter provides a deeper understanding of territory acknowledgements when working towards improved relations with Indigenous peoples. We will explore Indigenous perspectives on land, including the concepts of belonging, interdependence, and relationship.
Together, we’ll examine everyday acts of anti-Indigenous racism, navigate discomfort and silence, and explore actionable ways to challenge the colonial status quo.
Our workshops are limited to 30 participants. You will become a part of a learning circle, and we ask for your commitment to attending all four workshops in the series. We commit to offering opportunities for experiential learning, self-reflection, mutual support and collective imagining of better pathways forward.
Please ensure you can affirm each of these statements before registering:
- I have already completed (or will have completed by the time Elements of Change starts) at least two Elements of Truth: BEFORE RECONCILIATION workshops.
- I understand the concept of making space and holding space for learning through an Indigenous worldview.
- I am committed to centering Indigenous voices and concepts in the spaces where I work and live.
- I have done some preliminary work in coming to know my settler power and privilege, and I am ready to further explore how I can affect change within my spheres of influence.
- I understand this work is unsettling and will require me to extend kindness and compassion to myself and others.
“Together, Canadians must do more than just talk about reconciliation; we must learn how to practise reconciliation in our everyday lives—within ourselves and our families, and in our communities, governments, places of worship, schools, and workplaces.”
FINAL REPORT OF THE TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION (TRC)
2022/2023 Elements of Change workshop dates:
Creating Communities of Co-Resistance
Wednesdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 2022, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
Why Land & Place Matter
Tuesdays, January 31, February 7, 14, 21, 2023, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
kinSHIFT in the Classroom
Want to further TRC commitments in the classroom? kinSHIFT in the Classroom is a year-long decolonization journey for educators and schools designed to support teachers to build containers for learning that are inclusive and create space for difficult conversations and transformative experiences.
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