It’s Not What You Think

Stories and Strategies for Cultural Safety

Reconciliation is not just an apology for harm that was done in the past. It is the intentional creation of a new relationship based on mutual respect.

But to create a new relationship with Indigenous community members, we need to understand the current relationship—looking back through our shared history to re-educate ourselves about the real and difficult truths about colonization in Canada and its ongoing institutions and effects.

This workshop is a starting point—an opportunity and an invitation to re-educate yourself, to get answers to some of the questions you have wanted to ask, and to gain an understanding of how privilege and power work and are maintained by our assumptions, prejudice, and discrimination.

Creating culturally safe spaces is important and necessary and requires us to look at the systems we work within from different perspectives and learn how those systems were established and how we may be complicit in maintaining them.