Pathways to Education Canada
We had another cohort of Pathways to Education staff complete the facilitated version of the Indigenous Circle Approach to Cultural Confidence™ course in June. We learn so much from each session we run and this session was no different. It was wonderful to connect with each course participant in different ways and to hear about their own lived experiences in relation to the course materials. We were inspired by the commitment and participation of each individual to think critically about their roles and loved hearing participants’ personal reconciliation action plans during our final session.
We salute Pathways to Education’s commitment to reconciliation and having all staff members complete the Indigenous Circle Approach to Cultural Confidence™.
Ian Martin Group
Sakatay Global had the pleasure of working with Ian Martin Group for the last four months as they worked through the Indigenous Circle Approach to Cultural Confidence™. This course has been crucial in building Ian Martin Group’s cultural confidence and awareness of how to build meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities.
In July, Ian Martin Group revealed their land acknowledgement installation at their headquarters in Oakville with a beautiful unveiling ceremony, including information on the treaty territory of the Missisaugas of the New Credit and the Dish With One Spoon wampum. It is painted within a map of Turtle Island on the wall of their lobby. For Ian Martin Group, the land acknowledgement represents steps towards reconciliation and breaking down barriers to meaningful employment for Indigenous peoples. Ian Martin Group has accompanied the land acknowledgement with various internal and external policies and action plans to move forward on their reconciliation journey. For more information about this work and for a beautiful video of the land acknowledgment unveiling, please visit the Ian Martin Group here.
In early spring, Shannon worked with YMCA Canada on developing the YMCA Federation Resource Kit on Indigenous Programs and Initiatives. This involved talking with representatives from across the country to learn about the various Indigenous initiatives happening at each YMCA site and then developing a best practices guide for meaningful Indigenous engagement and relationship building for YMCA Canada. Shannon then attended the YMCA Annual General Meeting and shared the stage with Chief Robert Joseph and Peter Dinsdale, President and CEO of YMCA Canada, to talk about reconciliation. The Indigenous Circle Approach to Cultural Confidence™ is a marvelous framework for approaching reconciliation in a good way and it was an honour to speak to YMCA Canada’s ongoing work with Indigenous communities through this lens.
Sakatay Global conducted the Kairos Blanket Exercise for a group from Mackenzie Investments in June. This exercise walks participants through the history of Canada from an Indigenous perspective. Bernard and Tammy Nelson, our Elder and Knowledge Keeper, began the day with a smudging ceremony to bring all of our hearts, minds, bodies, and spirits together in a good way before beginning the exercise. Our team was humbled by the response to the exercise from the team at Mackenzie Investments and was excited to learn that Mackenzie Investments conducts training every 7 weeks as part of their diversity and inclusion strategy! It is companies like Mackenzie Investments who are beginning to transform the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada.
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