Decolonization Through Reconciliation

March 7, 2020 at 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph St
Vancouver, BC V5L1K3
Contact VDLC Office 6042540703

This workshop is designed to take participants on a personal journey of decolonization leading to reconciliation.

About this Event:

We acknowledge that this event is being held on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish people, including the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh nations.

Sponsored by both the New Westminster & District Labour Council and the Vancouver & District Labour Council, this workshop will assist participants in learning the true history of these lands.

Place-based understanding and looking at history through an Indigenous lens will allow self-reflection and a deeper understanding of the ongoing trauma and harm from colonization. By the end of the workshop, participants will be better able to demonstrate cultural literacy and discover ways to better serve the populations with whom they work.

Participants should bring with them an open mind and an open heart to get the most out of what is sure to be an enlightening workshop.

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Rhiannon Bennett (she/her) is Musqueam and a much-sought-after speaker who is well known for asking tough questions in a manner that encourages engagement and dialogue. She is actively working to create a more equitable world for all.

She has been working with children, youth and families for over 20 years in a variety of roles. Professionally, she has worked with Indigenous youth and families with overarching themes of her work being Decolonization and Reconciliation.

In 2014, she was the first Indigenous person elected to the Delta Board of Education. While not successfully re-elected, she was inspired to launch a consulting firm with her running-mate, Andrea Hilder, to continue to do the important work.

Andrea Hilder (she/her) is an education professional, former foster parent and non-Indigenous parent of an Indigenous child. She has been a family support worker and a child and family advocate for two decades. Andrea also has her Provincial Instructor’s Diploma from Vancouver Community College. Reconciliation is the lens through which she learns, lives and teaches.

Hummingbirds Rising Consulting’s vision is to work towards creating a society that understands the violence of colonization, its impacts and are actively reconciling and working towards Decolonization. They offer services for educators and policy makers who are working on learning more about Decolonization and Reconciliation.

Additional Info:

Workshop will take place in the Conference Room, located on the lower level of the Maritime Labour Centre. Look for the signage posted.

The Maritime Labour Centre is located at the corner of Victoria Drive and Pandora Street. There is a parking lot located off of Pandora as well as street parking available.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Registration in advance is required. Spaces are limited and on a first-come-first-served basis.

Will you come?

Decolonization Through Reconciliation