In this AMSSATalk, Indigenous Leaders engaged in a dialogue about truth, reconciliation, and decolonization. Settlement providers had the opportunity to learn from the stewards of this land; to share, listen, and build relations by respectfully participating in a discussion and asking questions.
From June to August 2021, AMSSA facilitated a series of Indigenous Dialogue Circles, to connect BCSIS settlement service providers with the understanding that we are supporting settlement on unceded and occupied territories. Led by Norm Leech, Executive Director of the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre, the Circles were an opportunity for participants to learn about how they could relate to Indigenous people and how they could center Indigenous presence in their work and in their connection with newcomers.
Throughout the conversations, four key themes emerged: Indigenous Worldview versus Colonized Worldview, the concept that We All Have Our Own Indigeneity, Intergenerational Trauma and the Inherited Survivor Spirit, and Decolonization.
The Indigenous Leaders’ Circle continued the conversation and provided an opportunity for further exploration of these themes. Katie Crocker, AMSSA’s CEO, facilitated a free-flowing discussion with four Indigenous Leaders, Norm Leech, Tabatha Frank, Lorelei Williams, and JB the First Lady. Viewers were invited to connect with participants in a Q&A session.