This year commemorates the 150th Anniversary of Canada. Whilst we celebrate the birth of one nation, we must also acknowledge the existence of the many First Nations who have lived and stewarded these lands and waters for thousands of years. We are a nation born out of a complex history of settler-colonialism, nation to nation treaty relationships between First Nations and the Crown, and an attempt to assimilate all nations under one Canada. How do we navigate this history and right relations, now?
With the exception of our First Nations, we are all immigrants. However, those immigrants who settled here first, established the systems which continue to govern all aspects of political, economic and socio-cultural life to this day. These systems, as we’ve seen over the course of history, ensure the success of a few, and the exclusion of many. How do we address this power imbalance as a nation? What is needed in order for there to be more equity in our society?
This year, we are celebrating the coming together of a Pan-Canadian, Women-Led initiative in partnership with The Catherine Donnelly Foundation – Righting Relations: Adult Education for Social Change/Apaji-wla’matulinej. We are a network of popular/adult educators, using critical, transformative learning processes to lift up our lived experiences and collective wisdom, to examine inequities and move with marginalized communities towards a more just society on this land we now call Canada. We are a community of practice that recognizes that we need spaces to come together, and co-learn, reflect, strategize, inspire hope, courage and inspiration in order to bolster this work of building an engaged civil society.
This year we are collecting stories from coast to coast to coast about:
What does Canada need to do to become a more just society?
How does being a part of Righting Relations move us toward a more just society on this land we now call Canada?
We invite you to join us, by sharing a short 2 min video or a written reflection to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in being part of the network, please reach out!
Together we are stronger than we are alone
Sahar Ibrahim, The Centre for Race and Culture, Edmonton, AB
Ishbel Munro, Righting Relations Eastern Hub Coordinator, Tatamagouche, NS
Adriana Paz, Worker’s Action Centre, Toronto, ON
Catherine Tessa Sumner-Weenusk, band councillor for Bunibonibee Cree Nation, MB
Magdalena Diaz-Arce, Latin American and Caribbean Solidarity Network, Toronto, ON
Sue Deranger, Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, mother, grandmother and bridge-builder
Sherri Mitchell, Penobscot Attorney, Author and Community Leader
Sherri Pictou, Bear River First Nation, Nova Scotia and Mount St Vincent University