Indigenous Focus is a concept, an idea connected to a call for post-colonial leadership, new relationships, new engagement strategies, new conversations and a new commitment to community well-being. At the core of Indigenous Focus is the recognition that indigenous cultures and approaches are expressions of a collectivity—to community, to each other, to possibility, and to opportunity.
As a way, a path, Indigenous Focus aims to utilize the wisdom connected to Indigenous worldview, Indigenous ways of knowing, Indigenous wise and relational practice and Indigenous innovations. We believe that when equipped with Indigenous wisdom and practice, a door of agility opens so leaders can utilize collective wisdom – a wisdom that prescribes cultural acuity and cultural agility.
As part of our leadership toolkit, we need to understand our cultural past, our colonial history and we must be able to use a process of truth and reconciliation – defined by the needs of Aboriginal people. Our Indigenous Focus model is an art of hosting that generates new conversations, new relationships, and possibilities – determining what is being called for and responding accordingly and wisely.
-Wedlidi Speck, Director of Aboriginal Organizational Development, MCFD and Co-lead, Leadership 2020 Indigenous Focus