Supporting each other’s journey
Welcome to the Supporting Each Other’s Journey Land Acknowledgement Learning Series. These webinars are designed to:
- acknowledge the power of Indigenous resilience, and understand the intended purpose, history and context around offering Land Acknowledgments;
- offer the participants an opportunity to embark on the journey towards reconciliation, by using Land Acknowledgments with more purpose, conviction, and integrity; and
- develop a personalized Land Acknowledgment which demonstrates the relationship and connection to the land.
The webinar series is a component of the Wabishki Bizhiko Skaanj Learning Pathway, which uses four L’s as a foundational approach: looking, listening, learning and leading.
This framework is used to teach and translate knowledge through an Indigenous lens. The circle represents balance and is often conceptualized as a medicine wheel/circle work. The webinar series was formed with the 4 L’s as a guide, as reflected in the medicine wheel below.
“This series has been an absolutely invaluable resource to start many in our Organ Donation & Transplantation team on their journey to understanding the history of colonialism in Canada. I, personally, am constantly updating the language of my own personal land acknowledgment statement, in no small part due to the training of Can-SOLVE CKD, as it has started me on a very individual path to appreciating the custodians and leaders that protected the land that I explore, recreate, and live on since time immemorial.”
Senior Advisor & Program Lead, Organ & Tissue Donation & Transplantation
Canadian Blood Services
An Introduction to Land Acknowledgment
Webinar 1: Looking
This webinar brings together non-Indigenous panelists to observe and examine racial identities, privileges and bias. The discussion explores levels of discomfort and emotion that arise when learning about colonial history and engagement with Land Acknowledgments.
- Harley Eagle, Cultural Safety Facilitator
- Dr. Amit Garg, Nephrologist
- Dr. Joanne Kappel, Nephrologist
- Ken Litchfield, Patient Partner
- Mila Tang, Can-SOLVE CKD Network
Webinar 2: Listening
This webinar explores teachings provided by two Indigenous Knowledge Keepers surrounding the significance, history and context of land to Indigenous peoples. The relationship with the land and Mother Earth pre-contact and post-contact are discussed. A teaching on Indigenous law is shared.
- “Latash” Maurice Nahanee, Knowledge Keeper from Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw Squamish Nation
- Dr. Myra Laramee, Knowledge Keeper, Fisher River Cree Nation
Webinar 3: Learning
This webinar explores the history of colonization and its impacts on Indigenous People. The importance of personal/community connection to land and water is discussed through land stewardship and land dispossession.
- Letitia Pokiak, Inuvialuit from Inuvialuit Settlement Region
- Helen Robinson-Settee, Anishinaabe from Dauphin River First Nation
Webinar 4: Leading
This webinar summarizes key themes from the learning journey thus far. Final reflections bring together the local and global context of acknowledging Indigenous lands and territories and leaves learners with a call to action.
- Craig Settee, IPERC Coordinator, Can-SOLVE CKD Network
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