Unsettling III will invite approximately 80 participants to engage in a full day of presentations, facilitated dialogues, and reflections. It will hone in on the learning that has taken place during the previous two events and will help sculpt thoughtful and actionable steps forward for those involved.
The purpose of the series is to catalyze deep and continued engagement with reflective questions such as:
What does unsettling/decolonization mean on an individual and professional level? How can non-Indigenous people engage with the framework of reconciliation with Canada’s First Peoples? What steps can non-Indigenous people take to embody respectful relations? How can non-Indigenous people effectively acknowledge and challenge internalized and systemic racism?
The event series is intended to catalyze and support long term behavior change with those who are currently engaged with Indigenous groups and communities. Rather than one isolated event, it integrates action-reflection cycles and ongoing dialogue in small groups over the three events. This maximizes the potential for participants to learn together, apply their insights in their personal and professional systems, and reflect on that experience in a group setting.
“Unsettling: A self-examination for non-Indigenous people working in Indigenous contexts” is a series of three events that will take place at the Concordia Conference Centre between February and September 2019. Participants will include Concordia alumni, students, staff, and faculty from various disciplines, as well as professionals who are currently engaged with Indigenous groups and communities.
The series will be focused on experiential learning. Each event will commence with Indigenous speakers sharing their perspectives and narratives, along with some non Indigenous speakers. Participants will then be invited to co-create small, facilitated action learning groups to support the process of self-examination in relation to the topic. These small learning groups will initially be facilitated by volunteer facilitators and then be invited to remain connected over the course of nine months, so participants can support one another to take concrete actions in ‘unsettling’ their professional practices. In the second and third events, learning groups will reconvene, reflect, and share their progress and learning. This follow up is crucial for building the momentum and support that is necessary for sustained change.