Walking Together: Perspectives on Direct Action Registration

  

Come join us for this 3-5 part virtual webinar series where we speak to and learn from Elders, activists, and knowledge holders who are on the front lines of issues on Coast Salish lands - particularly the lands colonially referred to as Vancouver Island. Our aim is to provide participants with direct-action tools/resources to use within community, academic, and work spaces. We hope you will leave the workshop with the tools needed to tackle inequity and injustice in bold and courageous ways. This series is open to everyone! 

*A special note of gratitude to Elder Dr. Skip Dick for providing us with the themes of walking together and encouragement that helped to shape this series* 


2021 Session Details

(participation in all sessions is encouraged, but not required)

 
Session 1: What is Direct Action Tuesday - October 19 from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm 

 Presenters 

Barb Hulme - Elder in Residence 

Yahlnaaw - Indigenous Resurgence Coordinator in the Indigenous Education Department at the Faculty of Education

Lydia Toorenburgh - Indigenous Resurgence Coordinator for the Faculties of Science, Social Science, and Humanities

Cortney Baldwin - Community Relations Coordinator for the Faculty of Education

Overview

We are grateful to have Elder Barb with us today to open the series, and support us as we move through the session. Then, with over 25 years of activism, grassroots direct action, community organizing, and working for change in the areas of community, the workplace, and academia, Yahlnaaw, Lydia, and Cortney will talk about the theory and history of change through direct-action. Designed to give you an understanding of the concepts future presenters will cover, this session will provide you will the conceptual understanding required to engage in, and support, direct-action in all areas of life. 

 


Session 2: Direct Action in the Workplace - Thursday, October 21 from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm 

Presenter

Dr. Shauneen Pete - Professor in Leadership Studies, Faculty of Education

 Overview

Shauneen Pete is from Little Pine First Nation in Treaty 6 territory (Saskatchewan, Canada).  In her words "I am supporting settler students to gain a deeper understanding of the impacts of ongoing settler colonialism. My goal is to expand their understanding of Indigenization and decolonization in higher education with a view toward reconciliation.  For me, that work must focus on how we view our relationship with land and non-human others." Join us as Shauneen speaks to advancing educational reforms through story. This session will provide a range of approaches to align our vision with our actions.

 

Session 3: Direct Action in Academia -Wednesday, October 27 from 10:30 - 12:00 pm

Presenter

Dr. Jeff  Corntassel - Associate Professor in Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Humanities

Overview

Dr. Jeff Corntassel in from the Cherokee Nation. His research and teaching interests include Indigenous political movements, land back as community resurgence, and sustainable self-determination. Join us as Jeff speaks to how direct action has aided in making change in academia. 

 

Session 4: Direct Action in Community - Tuesday, November 2 from 10:30 - 12:00 pm

Presenter 

Nikki Sanchez - Creator and direction of Decolonize Together

Laura Manson - Activist

Overview

Nikki Sanchez is of Pipil and Irish/Scottish descent. She is the creator and director of Decolonize Together, a collective of Indigenous and black women who offer decolonial and anti-racism workshops and curriculum creation.  Laura Manson is a guest on the territories, a two-spirit being and has lots to offer.  Join us as Nikki speaks to how direct action has aided her in creating change in the community. 

*General trigger warning to some of the content in this presentation as it pertains to residential schools, generational trauma and Indigenous lived embodied experience*
 

Session 5: Q&A Presenter Panel - Thursday, November 4 from 10:30 - 12:00 pm 

 

 Panelists

Dr. Shauneen Pete - Professor in Leadership Studies, Faculty of Education

Dr. Jeff  Corntassel - Associate Professor in Indigenous Studies, Faculty of Humanities

Nikki Sanchez - Founder and Director of Decolonize Together

Yahlnaaw - Indigenous Resurgence Coordinator in the Faculty of Education 

Lydia Toorenburgh - Indigenous Resurgence Coordinator for the Faculties of Science, Social Science, and Humanities

Cortney Baldwin - Community Relations Coordinator for the Faculty of Education

Elder May Sam 

Overview

Join us as the presenters of the sessions come together to answer questions submitted by participants, and Elder May Sam closes the series in a good way. The focus on this panel will be to provide participants with additional information they need to organize and engage in direct action initiatives. 
 


Questions?
If you have any questions, please contact Cortney Baldwin at 250-853-3638 or [email protected]