Program at a glance
- 5 months
- 3 - 5 hours / month
Heather Milton Lightening
Historian and author
Program Manager, KAIROS
About the program
This free program will explore this relationship between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Peoples in Canada and provide 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 panel and a follow-up resource guide and workbook. The modules are as follows:
Module 1 – June 24 (5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET)
This panel will open with an introduction and overview of the program. Following this, Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Peoples will share their personal stories, linking them to the impacts of colonialism and the relationships between Indigenous Peoples and people who have settled here.
We’ll walk away with a deeper understanding of our personal stories and the stories of Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous Peoples engaged in renewing the relationship. Solidarity work must be grounded in our personal stories. We will walk away with a deeper understanding of how our stories are connected to doing this work.
Module 2 – July 17 (5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET)
Our Shared History
In this panel, we will explore the shared history between Indigenous nations and the Canadian state as a way to start understanding colonialism as a system that marginalizes and assimilates whole groups of people. A history of Indigenous resistance will also be woven into this module. We will walk away from this panel with a broader understanding of how we are all connected to our shared history.
Module 3 – August 6th (5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET)
In this panel, panelists will challenge prevalent myths and demonstrate the ways in which history impacts present-day realities. We will leave with a recognition of the ways in which our shared history is connected to present realities. Additionally, through a process of deepening our understanding of our shared history, we will recognize some of the myths that we hold onto, why this might be, and how we can challenge them.
Module 4 – August 28th (5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET)
Working together towards a new relationship
This panel will explore what accountability to Indigenous communities looks like in practice for non-Indigenous Peoples. Examples of solidarity work will be presented, with panelists exploring both what has worked and what the challenges are. We will walk away with an understanding of the questions we need to be asking when engaging in solidarity work, by both hearing case studies of solidarity work and also being asked to explore our own story and how it connects to this work.
Module 5 – September 16th (5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET)
Where do we go from here?
In this panel, we will explore what we can do next. We will explore questions to keep asking ourselves as we engage in the work of renewing the relationship and discuss opportunities for making connections with other campaigns and organizations that are doing this work.
This program is open to anyone. No particular background is needed. Please note that the majority of the content will be geared towards non-Indigenous Peoples, though it may also be of interest to Indigenous Peoples. We hope you’ll join us!
Online panels will be hosted approximately every 3 weeks starting June 24th. All that is required to join is a stable internet connection. If you miss a panel, it will be available to view on the module page shortly after the livestream event.
The panels will be approximately 90 minutes in length and consist of 2-4 panelists, each speaking for about 10-15 minutes, followed by a moderated Q+A session.
Following the panel, a resource guide and workbook will be available. It will consist of questions that will encourage you to deepen your thinking through a series of questions on the panel theme, as well as additional resources on the panel theme.
Additionally, there will be a moderated online forum where you can connect with other participants and discuss the panel and workbook content between panels.