Skills for Solidarity

Skills for Solidarity is an online, introductory program that opens up a conversation about the shared history between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Peoples in Canada, and ways to renew the relationship between nations. The program consists of five online panels that participants can watch at their own pace, along with supplementary workbooks to deepen their learning. Each panel includes an incredible group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous panelists sharing their experience and stories on themes ranging from the importance of personal story in decolonization to what it looks like to work together on shared campaigns.

Module 1

Personal Story

This panel opens with an introduction and overview of the program. Following this, Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Peoples share their personal stories, linking them to the impacts of colonialism and the relationships between Indigenous Peoples and people who have settled here. More information on this panel.

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Module 2

Our Shared History

Explore the shared history between Indigenous nations and the Canadian state . . .

Module 3

Mythbusting

Challenge prevalent myths and demonstrate the ways in which history impacts present-day realities . . .

Module 4

Working toward a new relationship

Explore what accountability to Indigenous communities looks like in practice for non-Indigenous Peoples . . .

Module 5

Where do we go from here?

Discuss opportunities for making connections with other campaigns and organizations that are doing this work . . .

About the program

Skills for Solidarity is a free, self-paced program that explores the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Peoples in Canada and provides an overview of what it looks like to renew the relationship between nations and continue to work together on a variety of campaigns and issues. By the end of the program, you will have explored the following:

  • The shared history between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
  • The ways in which this shared history continues to impact and define the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples in Canada today.
  • Your own personal story and the ways in which it is connected to our shared history.
  • Common myths about Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
  • Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives on working together on a variety of issues and campaigns.
  • Some campaigns that are working to renew the relationship, including both the possibilities and challenges of this work.
  • How relationship to land and place are central to challenging the impacts of colonization.
  • Ways to continue deepening your learning about solidarity work.
  • Skills for Solidarity is delivered in 5 modules, each consisting of a 90-minute panel with 2-5 panelists, and a follow-up resource guide and workbook.

Testimonials

The Skills for Solidarity modules have been nothing less than remarkable. The panel members have been an eclectic set of individuals who have illustrated wisdom, generosity, and their love for creation and offered hope for humanity.

 

Thank you for creating this innovative programme to bring Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Peoples together to break down some and all invisible barriers. I have been in anguish over the injustice being wreaked upon the first peoples of this land and have been wanting to help and puzzled to know how I could do this. I have been reaching out and slowly learning more and I am sure many people across the country want to do the same.

 

I wish the entire nation was watching and listening.

What is the history of Skills for Solidarity?

In the winter of 2013, following the arrival of the Idle No More movement, many of us at Leadnow were asking what our role could be in supporting this movement, and in particular, in supporting the sudden upswing in the number of settlers getting involved in organizing around Indigenous rights and issues.

Additionally, many people in our community, who had initially joined Leadnow because they were concerned about the state of our democracy and environment, were starting to express interest in learning more about how to renew the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Peoples.

Through conversations with many engaged in this work, including much support from those involved in Idle No More and Defenders of the Land, the resounding theme we heard back was that we could provide education on what it means for non-Indigenous Peoples to be engaged in the work of renewing the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples on this land.

Thus, Skills for Solidarity was born. In the summer of 2014, we ran the five-panel program and had hundreds of people participate in the panels as they aired and shortly afterwards. Now we are offering the panels and workbooks for those who want to participate in the program at their own pace.

We are not the first people to think of doing this kind of work, and we won’t be the last. However, we hope to be able to make a small offering to the incredible work being done from coast to coast to coast on Indigenous rights issues. It has been a year in the making, and we are so excited for people to experience it.

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We’re funded by people like you – mostly through lots of small donations – and we don’t take money from political parties, big corporations or governments, or accept donations in exchange for influence. We’re a registered Canadian non-profit, but not a charity. That gives us the freedom to speak out in plain language and roll our sleeves up during elections.

We are working to bring together hard-hitting advocacy campaigns our community cares about and grassroots, on-the-ground organizing to shift the national conversation and begin to address the challenges of our times. Can you donate today?

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