An example of Connections
Lateral Violence Workshops
Within all of our training programs, we focus as much on connecting participants with each other as we do on delivering content. Our purpose is to build communities of practice, healing and empowerment.
 
We incorporate key elements of the traditional talking circle with interactive, free-flowing dialogue in a way that deeply connects people to each other, and the broader mission of building Indigenous communities. This significantly increases the amount of learning and growth that takes place.

CONDITIONS

A CONDITION is something that needs to be put in place in order for something else to become possible. When we put the right conditions in place, humans will naturally attach to a group, contribute and relate well to each other. 

 

We work with our clients to establish conditions that foster compassionate, just and productive communities. 

A CONNECTION is a link or bond that establishes a relationship. For many thousands of years, connections within Indigenous communities were sustained through culture, ceremony, language and land use.

We work with clients to re-establish and revitalize connections among their people, and to the wider community.

CONNECTIONS

CAPACITY is the ability to get something done. The capacity of a group is built upon the knowledge and skills of it’s members, and the degree to which the group can set a direction and make decisions. This is the collaborative capacity of the group.

 

We work with our clients to build collaborative capacity. 

CAPACITY

An example of Conditions
The Tiny Houses Carpentry Apprenticeship Project
When we started the Tiny Houses Carpentry Apprenticeship Project, we invited everyone involved to form a community of equals to build and manage the project together. This included apprentices, instructors, staff, funders, and families.
 
This invitation allowed everyone to form relationships based on empowerment, respect and accountability. Many years later, those who were involved in this project continue to see themselves as part of the Tiny Houses Crew.
An example of Capacity

Carcross/Tagish First Nation Peacemaking Circle Training Program

 

The citizens of C/TFN had the motivation, knowledge and resources to establish a Peacemaking Circle Training Program. What they needed was help to build a group to get the work done.

 

We helped them create a Task Group that grew to the point where they were able to successfully launch, oversee and evaluate the program. 

Our Building Blocks