Allyship & Reconciliation

Allyship & Reconciliation

“What is my positionality and what does it mean for me to show up as an ally?” This workshop makes visible the invisible, focusing on ancestry and privilege in service of decolonization and liberation. Beginning with us (the facilitators) sharing our s
tories; as a First Nations woman descended from matrilineal peoples of Northern Canada, and a white woman descended from the first colonizers of North America, we will open a storytelling circle for people to share and presence the ancestors that stand behind them. Utilizing the Spirit Weavers ally-ship booklet we will explicitly provide an anchor in understanding the “why” behind the Come-UNITY village and what the offering of this space is about. We will then move into some basic principles for understanding systems of oppression, with a focus on embodiment and honoring difference. Lastly, we will offer the “Privilege Walk”. This results in a visual depiction of the spectrum of privilege on which we all walk, and closes with an invitation to deep reflection on people’s positionality. We will close the workshop with making commitments to move forward in learning and praxis together.

Allyship & Reconciliation will be shared by Kailea Frederick & Justine Epstein.