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Facilitation for Social Change
John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights Advancing Reconciliation in Education Toolkit
In 2016, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights engaged in a collaborative pilot project with five schools in Edmonton Catholic and Edmonton Public School Boards. The program applied a reconciliation through a human rights-based lens, exploring a variety of topics including the history of Residential Schools, the Blanket Exercise, Treaty, Worldview, Indigenous Language, United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and Children’s Rights. After the first exploration, Advancing Reconciliation in Education facilitated the participation of students in a process of building their own calls to action. Those calls to action were captured in art forms, videos, documents, a zine, and concrete actions that affected their school communities in positive ways. Permanent displays featuring student learning and messages to survivors of residential schools and a treaty recognition poster contest are some of the school-wide initiatives that students have moved forward on.
This project inspired the creation of a pedagogical resource directed to teachers and community trainers with a full curriculum (lessons, activities, etc) to provide teachers across the province with a meaningful process to educate on reconciliation. The relevance of this toolkit is strengthened by the fact that it was built with community and student participation and based on the experience of Human Rights educators who piloted the sessions in schools with the support and guidance of local indigenous knowledge holders and elders.
Building Relationships Between Indigenous, Immigrant and Refugee Communities
In this episode of Righting Relations Radio, we are in conversation with Alfredo Barahona from Kairos, exploring relationship-building between Indigenous, Immigrant and Refugee communities which both Kairos and Righting Relations are facilitating across Turtle Island, and the importance of knowing who you are.
Arts-based Methods for Transformative Engagement: A Toolkit
by SUSPLACE Sustainable Place Shaping
This open access toolkit offers a collection of almost 30 methods, practical examples, workshop outlines and tips for creative facilitation, as well as resources and relevant academic references. The ideas and methods collected in this toolkit are intended to support new ways of thinking and doing in our work as change agents towards regenerative societies. Compiled by a research team collaborating through the SUSPLACE Innovative Training Network, it is the result of our collective research and experimentation with creative and arts-based methods of engagement.
Immigrants and Precarious Employment – A Popular Education Workshop
The Catalyst Centre
This manual has been assembled to support facilitators, community activists, people in precarious employment and educators to make change around precarious employment and to develop an expanded notion about what makes a job precarious. The exercises in the manual are intended to promote reflections, discussions and even plan for actions that will result in better, more decent jobs for all. The activities are participatory and based on a popular education approach to communication and learning, drawing on the knowledge and experience of participants.
to develop critical consciousness and mindfulness of who we are as a group in terms of a history of work
to explore some of the history and concepts of class (and where participants fit in a class structure)
to draw a difference between paid and unpaid work in our family histories; how gender is represented in work histories; how unionization and other struggles to change work conditions is represented in work histories; and so on.
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Christina Dunfield, on being an ally, Apaji-wla’matulinej
Christina Dunfield, MCC, speaks on her journey to becoming an ally with Indigenous people through the Peace and Friendship project. This project, for 13 years, has been bringing Indigenous people and settlers together for deep conversations, Ceremonies and teachings on Indigenous worldviews.
What is Institutional Racism?
5 Things You Should Know About Racism
Facilitation Processes Which Explore How Political and Economic Systems Work
Adult educators from the Righting Relations Network share practical facilitation tools for exploring how political and economic systems work, on a Virtual Knowledge Exchange held Feb 7, 2018.
Dialogue for Peaceful Change with Ishbel Munro
In this episode of Righting Relations Radio, Ishbel Munro shares insights from Dialogue for Peaceful Change (DPC), a community-based conflict mediation methodology which has been used around the world to non-violently engage in conflict and move to transformation.
Hearts Wide Open: The Process of Building Righting Relations West Hubs
This toolkit summarizes and presents the learnings and processes used in building the Righting Relations West Regional Hub in Edmonton, Regina and Winnipeg. Whilst each of these cities adapted the activities to address their particular needs, there maintained elements which were constant: using a folk school model, using a de-colonial lens, circle facilitation and being women-led. We welcome you to use this toolkit in your community, and invite you to connect with the Righting Relations network. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect.
First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers to Vancouver
by the City of Vancouver
First Peoples: A Guide for Newcomers aims to fill the need for clear information in simple language about the First Peoples in Vancouver. It introduces newcomers to three important topics: who are Aboriginal people (or First Peoples) in Vancouver and Canada; a brief overview of the relationship between the Government of Canada and First Peoples; and current initiatives and ways for newcomers to learn more about Aboriginal people in the community
History of Hate
Getting a Grip in Order to Move Ahead
Study Circle Plan
by Renee Vaugeois, John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights
According to Stats Canada, hate crime in Alberta rose 39% in 2015, the highest increase seen across the country. In order to grapple and deal with hate however, it is important to understand its historical foundations. This study circle plan will engage participants in learning and discussing our complex history, with a focus on Alberta, and reflect on how this history manifests in communities today. We will engage in a reflection on how we as individuals can respond and act towards hate in our communities.
by Mikmaw Spirit
The talking circle is a traditional way for Indigenous people to solve problems. It is a very effective way to remove barriers and to allow people to express themselves with complete freedom. The symbolism of the circle, with no beginning and with nobody in a position of prominence, serves to encourage people to speak freely and honestly about things that are on their minds. Read more about the Talking Circle from a Mi’kmaq perspective here
Miigam’agan on Women-Led
Miigam’agan, Righting Relations National Steering Committee Member and mi’kmaq clan mother from Esgenoôpetitj / Burnt Church New Brunswick, speaks about the forming of the Eastern Hub of Righting Relations through a women-led approach.
The Art of Powerful Questions
Catalyzing Insight, Innovation, and Action
by Eric E. Vogt, Juanita Brown, and David Isaacs
The Art of Powerful Questions is a practical article that invites us to dive deeper into “What makes a powerful question?” craft questions which dramatically improve the quality of insight, innovation, and action in our organizations, in our communities, and in our lives.
The Art of Taking Participatory Leadership To Scale Workbook
The new democracy is grounded in
the power of true dialogue
among diverse people
to help The People (as a whole) transcend
the limits of personal perspectives and
resonate with each other and the world
through the fact of their interconnectedness,
revealing bigger pictures and deeper wisdom
than any individual or group
could find alone,
making it possible to create together
solutions, visions, communities and societies
that make sense
and serve Life
now and for generations to come.
The Barefoot Guide To Working with Organisations and Social Change
This is a practical, do-it-yourself guide for leaders and facilitators wanting to help organisations to function and to develop in more healthy, human and effective ways as they strive to make their contributions to a more humane society. It has been developed by the Barefoot Collective.
Turning Theory into Practice: What we are learning about the work of Righting Relations
by Rehana Tejpar, capturing the learnings emerging from the Righting Relations Network
As we make the road by walking on this journey of building a women-led network of adult educators for social change across Turtle Island, in the spirit of Righting Relations, we are constantly learning and unlearning. We have captured and shared some of our learnings to date and will continue to evolve these ideas and practices as we continue to journey on this path.
Involve Indigenous Peoples, Knowledges and Perspectives
Understanding Colonization – It’s Contemporary History and Impacts
An activities manual from yesworld.org focusing on co-learning, community building and healing. Download at:www.yesworld.org
The Way We Change the World
A video by Organization Unbound, a website that attempts to re-imagine the way we think about and engage in social change. View Video:organizationunbound.org
Partners for Youth Empowerment
PYE’s mission is to unleash the power, purpose, and potential of young people worldwide. Visit Website:pyeglobal.org
Art of Hosting
Harvesting Conversations that Matter
The Art of Hosting is an approach to leadership that scales up from the personal to the systemic using personal practice, dialogue, facilitation and the co-creation of innovation to address complex challenges. Visit Website:www.artofhosting.org