Overview of Module
This lesson explores what accountability to Indigenous communities looks like in practice for non-Indigenous Peoples. Examples of solidarity work are presented, with panelists exploring both what has worked and what the challenges are.
You will walk away with an understanding of the questions you need to be asking when engaging in solidarity work, by both hearing case studies of solidarity work and also being asked to explore your own story and how it connects to this work.
Harsha Walia is a South Asian author and activist, currently residing in Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish territories. Harsha is a cofounder of the migrant justice group No One Is Illegal and the progressive South Asian network Radical Desis, and is a co-organizer of the Annual Women’s Memorial March Committee, Annual Community March Against Racism, and Annual Women’s Housing March. She works at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Center and supports a number of frontline urban and land-based indigenous communities. Harsha has been named one of the most influential South Asians in BC by the Vancouver Sun and one of the ten most popular left-wing journalists by the Georgia Straight. Harsha is the author of Undoing Border Imperialism, which is currently in its second-print run.
Youth Social Infrastructure
The Youth Social Infrastructure (YSI) collaborative is an inter-generational network and community of practice that accelerates and amplifies the conditions for youth-led organizing in Ontario. The YSI Algoma is the first Regional Hub of the YSI, made up of rural First Nation, Metis, off-reserve Indigenous and Settler young people in this region who are co-creating a community of support for young people here in Northern Ontario, based on local knowledge and our own lived experiences. The Skills for Solidarity panelists, Candace Neveau, Jessica Bolduc, Jon Cada, Rihkee Strapp and Robin Sutherland, are all members of the Youth Social Infrastructure Algoma Core Team.
The first conversation about YSI Algoma was convened in December, 2013 in Sault Ste. Marie, ON with 20 young people from across the region. They came together as youth, youth organizers and adult allies from across the Algoma District to explore what it could look like to create a community of support for and with each other. These conversations led to co-designing a spring gathering called “Let’s Build A Fire” in Mississauga First Nation in May 2014 where over 40 young people and adult allies gathered to be on the land, experience ceremony together, and have meaningful and necessary conversations about the issues and challenges they face as young people in our communities and the assets and abilities they have to support each other to make positive change. The YSI Algoma has since become a safe space for sharing ideas about building safe, vibrant and healthier communities while being a community of support for change makers across the Algoma District.