Mutually Respectful Relationships…
Trust and communication is the key to meaningful relationships. Building relationships with Indigenous communities requires some navigational tools. A good place to start is learning the terms of reference and current terminology being used in Canada to identify Indigenous People; even though these terms are not political correct, learning this will help you find past and present information relevant to the Indigenous narrative. Please understand that Indigenous People are very diverse; we come from many Nations. Second please unpack your privilege, any personal bias and preconceived notions you might have before you engage. Third is communication; please listen and allow the community to lead the conversation. Walking into communities with solution based attitudes can be perceived as negative before knowing the full narrative of the community.
Unfortunately learning Indigenous terminology in Canada is only scratching the surface. There is so much more to learn about Indigenous Nations in Canada and throughout North America. For instance who are First Nations, Indigenous, Métis, Inuit, Non-Status, Urban Indigenous, Native American and Multiracial Indigenous people? And where are they? Please be mindful that timelines are attached to these collective nouns colonizers and governments have used to identify Indigenous People for over 525 years.
A lot of the Indigenous populations throughout North America have migrated and transitioned to urban areas like Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, San Francisco, Washington D.C, Los Angeles and many many more cities.
In the spirit of Ally-ship I want to help you with the Indigenous narrative and navigate the current conversations. I want to support your engagement with Indigenous People and communities in a mutually respectful and authentic way. With respect, relevance, reciprocity, responsibility and trust front of mind. A way we can all move in a direction together. Gitchi-Meegwetch (Greatest Thank You)!
- Indigenous Strategic Planning
- Anti-Indigenous Racism
- Indigenous Diversity & Inclusion
- Indigenous Ways of Knowing – Ceremonial Pedagogy
- How to Engage Indigenous Communities
- Community Consultations