Intro to Anti-Colonialism & Indigenous Solidarity Work

September 25, 2019 - 7:30 pm

Carleton University
326 University Centre

This event is taking place on the unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Algonquin Nation. This stolen land should be returned to the Algonquin Nation.

This workshop is a 2-hour introduction. You do not need any knowledge of colonialism or Indigenous solidarity to attend.

Everyone is welcome but please be advised that this is a workshop facilitated by settlers about colonialism and anti-colonial solidarity work and that it is aimed at other settlers. We do this work in an attempt to shoulder some of the burden that comes from educating settlers on deeply ingrained colonial mindset. We do not touch on Indigenous cultures in order to not be appropriative. We welcome feedback and criticism on our work, especially from Indigenous people and groups.

– Introduction (20 min)
— Land acknowledgement, safer space principles, introducing facilitators & ISO
— Small group formation and check-in
– Terminology (30 min)
– Break (10 min)
– Timeline activity: Attendees will be presented with some of Canada’s foundational colonial events and Indigenous resistance to them and asked to put them in chronological order (30 min)
– Break (10 min)
– Tree exercise: Attendees will be asked to make connect colonialism as well as other systems of oppression with their consequences (30 min)
– Questions, discussion and feedback (20 min)

The workshop will be in English but we welcome any questions in French.
Free. We will have some light snacks and refreshments.

Facilitators: Members of Indigenous Solidarity Ottawa. ISO is an Ottawa-based, grassroots collective that supports Indigenous struggles for justice and decolonization.
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Invite your friends. We hope to see you there!

This event will be held at the OPIRG office, which is on the platform down the stairs in front of the CUSA office, or up the stairs from the multi-faith room. We regret to inform that the office is not wheelchair accessible.