I would like to begin by acknowledging that the
land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the
Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation in Oshawa, ONTARIO CANADA
An essential part of the Courageous Leadership Course is enhancing participants knowledge, understanding and skills-base in working with Indigenous communities, families, chiefs and community systems.
The CIECYR has a strong partnership with Indigenous leaders and community members. The CIECYR hosts quarterly talking circles as an opportunity to connect community members and professionals with Indigenous leaders. For more information: http://www.ciecyr.ca.
Each year the council hosts a day learning session at Georgina Island. This powerful session includes a healing circle, engagement with youth and leaders on the Island, a historical review of Indigenous people on the Island and land treaties held in the region and an elaborate meal gathering.
In 2015, the CIECYR hosted the Truth and Reconciliation Conference focused upon acknowledging and recognizing racism and oppression experienced by Indigenous community members in Canada.
The following resources are critical readings for your library. Thank you to Tina Lopes for selecting the readings. Documents from the Tool kit was developed by: Chansonneuve and Hache for the Best Start Indigenous Committee November 2013
- Indigenous knowledge and development a postcolonial caution
- A way of life- Indigenous perspectives on anti oppressive living
The following are a list of potential knowledge keepers available to speak at the course. The honoriam is paid by CIECYR directly to the knowledge keeper on the day of the event.
Best Practices for Working with Indigenous Communities