relational reciprocities through land-based approaches
Time & Location
About the Event
Grassroots online event hosted in Squamish, BC
All donations proceed to cover the costs of preparation, organization, expertise and delivery of this event.
November 21, 2020 at 1PM
In the light of the unprecedented times we live in and the impulse that Black Lives Matter has gifted to our communities, there is an opportunity for all folks to learn more and speak up against racism and discrimination.
Following local public conversation in light of the ‘Squampton sticker’ and local businesses taking action to dismantle racism in their own intrinsic structures, we would like to invite you to attend an online event that proposes the following question:
How can a land-based approach inform on what relational reciprocities can illuminate on this issue?
We are grateful for the Squamish Valley Elders group on-going support and guidance for our commitment to walk as guests on these lands and sail on these waters, and particularly to Sḵwx̱wú7mesh nation elder Henry Williams who is part of the Squamish Nation Peacekeepers for his participation in the creation and delivery of this event as a witness.
ON THE DAY:
November 21st at 1pm:
Some decolonial approaches require Indigenous methodologies to create the spaces needed to dismantle in community the systems of oppression that subject us all to certain personas. What if we told you that being a settler is a choice of behaviour and position rather than a given?
We thus invite all to join us into a community conversation, panel and Q&A to discuss what being on unceded territories means through relational reciprocities, and how that could influence the perception and action on local issues around racism and discrimination.
Because all peoples experience these matters differently, and in deconstructing the idea that only certain methodologies are deemed acceptable as objective knowledge, we invite experience as a way of knowing and recognize the elders of these lands as the ultimate authorities and experts.
1pm: Welcoming and land acknowledgement 1h15: Sussan Yáñez, on decolonial approaches to being an immigrant on Unceded territories 1h55 Debrief and Q&A 2h05: Break 2h20: Senaqwila Wyss, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), Tsimshian, Sto:lo, Hawaiian and Swiss, on land-based knowledges to Unceded lands and waters. 3pm Debrief and Q&A 3h10pm: Open Panel Discussion 3h50: Closing words.
This event acts as an invitation to the local Sea to Sky community to experience co-creational and diverse spaces of plural knowledge regarding anti-racism and anti-discrimination and in doing so, we aim to extend the conventional concepts of ‘knowledge’ to peoples’ lived experiences.
Everything is research, as we all are constantly learning, and while we will bring some core experiences, the attendee’s inner-knowing will be key to the understanding of the material.
The heart and land-based conversations offered in this virtual summit seek to excite journeys of self-discovery and to reformulate and explore what decolonization can be like when manifested and envisioned from a community effort.
We hold particular care in honouring the lands and waters on which we gather everyone by making sure that the host nations are consulted, represented and put forefront in the event.
We are doing our best to abide by the protocols and traditions that have had a place in these spaces for millennia and encourage all participants to bring their presence in such a manner as well.
We give thanks to the ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, that of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Register for free here:
All donations are welcome according to the suggested scale of Alexis J. Cunningfolk within your own capacities.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZER
Sussan Yáñez is a Mapuche, Spaniard, German and English ancestries mother, cultural facilitator, multidisciplinary artist, student of a bachelor of arts and sciences and the founder of Visionaries Gathering (VG).
VG has been a holistic event organized by volunteer students and is a non-profit that facilitates the co-creation of knowledge and the sharing of experiences through community connection and collaboration. We prioritize the deconstruction of hegemonically reinforced conceptions of place, space, body, and self through the resurgence of Indigenous perspectives and voices, particularly those of Indigenous Elders and knowledge-holders.
The re-empowerment of our collective selves is at the centre of our projects. Through full engagement with these and other global perspectives and voices, we help ignite inspiration in students and community members to learn, teach, and act towards creating restorative shared presents and futures.
Sussan Yáñez: Portfolio: www.renaturalize.org Instagram: @renaturalize