Indigenous elders to host webinars promoting “truth and reconciliation”

Teaching & Sharing Circles hosted by KBE will follow Indigenous worldviews and traditions
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Starting January 19, Indigenous social justice group KAIROS Exercise Blanket (KBE) will be hosting a series of interactive webinars that aim to “foster positive connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.” Each 90-minute session of KBE Teaching & Sharing Circle is led by Indigenous Elders and Traditional Knowledge Keepers, according to the KBE website.

“Each KBE Teaching & Sharing Circle addresses historical and contemporary topics in an honest and personal way by blending data and facts with personal stories,” KBE website read.

The KBE said it hopes to cultivate reconciliation through an interchange of open dialogue and sharing between Indigenous and non-Indigenous folks. The program will honour Indigenous worldviews and practices.

The program is entirely women-led and available in both public sessions and private group sessions up to 40 participants for schools, communities, and employers. 

Teaching & Sharing Circle facilitators include Tina Stevens, an Algonquin-Ojibwe woman from Kitigan Zibi, Kettle and Stoney Point; Mary-Anne Kechego, a member of the Turtle Clan of the Oneida Nation; Gloria Thomson, a Metis woman, born and raised in Thunder Bay, with historic connections in Quebec and the Northwest; and Tracey Whiteye, who is Makwa Dodem, Bear Clan and whose spirit name is “Polar Bear Woman Who is Looking Ahead from the Water.” Each public session is hosted on Zoom and costs $25. The Teaching & Sharing Circles will run until April, according to Rabble.

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