Circles of Support and Change

On May 30th, ARCSAS staff gathered for a session with Indigenous therapist Michel LeBrun who led the group in ceremony and a thoughtful discussion about what it means to decolonize our various practices and services.

May 5th – Red Dress Day

We worked in groups during the afternoon to explore the four pillars of colonization (impact on land, imposed ideology, violence, and the ongoing nature of colonization. Using the Truth and Reconciliation Commission 94 calls to action, we applied the pillars of colonization to issues such as education, the Indian Act, child welfare, workplaces, and others. Michelle challenged the group to continue the conversations and look at ways to decolonize our work.

Contributed by Karla Stevens – In an act of reconciliation we wear red to honor Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit people. Knowing a loved one (My Aunt) has been missing for 30 years brings a certain kind of fear to my life. But sharing her story allows her spirit to be heard. Knowing that she had children of her own, who she always tried to protect from harm. Having three daughters of my own , I’ve always felt a need to protect them and educate them on ways to stay safe. and not allow violence to control our lives. But to advocate for all people of colour. 

Transformation Through Ubuntu: An Africentric Perspective

The Africentric Conference was held May 25th – 27th in Antigonish Nova Scotia. Tonya Pelley and Michelle Newell attended in person and Nancy O’Regan and Danielle Martell attended virtually. It was a wonderful experience to deepen our knowledge of Ubuntu and how it can be used to uplift Afrocentric approaches in education and community. Ubuntu refers to the principle “I am because you are” and calls us towards better understanding, compassion, empathy and action. The conference aims to engage participants in discussion to achieve transformation around Africentric Education, system transformation, Africentric cultural restoration and other related themes. It is sponsored by the Delmore ” Buddy” Day Learning Institute, StFX University, University of Venda and the Nova Scotia Department of Education – African Canadian Servicesi

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