Role of an Ally – collaboration with IndigenEYEZ (UBC Learning Circle)

Event Date & Time

  • February 21, 2019
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Event Description

As part of a collaborative series CTLT Indigenous Initiatives will be partnering with the UBC Learning Circle and Indigeneyez to host two sessions this Spring as part of the Classroom Climate Series. These offerings include:

Connecting to Land – collaboration with IndigenEYEZ (UBC Learning Circle) – Jan 24 from 10-11:30am @ IKBLC Seminar Room 2.22 

Role of an Ally – collaboration with IndigenEYEZ (UBC Learning Circle) – Feb 21 from 10-11:30am @ IKBLC Seminar Room 2.22 

This workshop is intended for activists, leaders, educators, and changemakers. Any individual interested in equipping themselves with the right tools, understanding, and community necessary to walk through this challenging time in a good way. Through experiential activities and culturally appropriate use of Indigenous tradition and knowledge, we will look at some frameworks that help us to stand together. In addition, we will utilize an anti-oppression lens to critically examine the systems which uphold policies that keep perpetuating systematic exclusion of groups of people from participating in a shared system.

Each participant will leave with a clearer sense of purpose, capacity, and connection to these invisible beliefs that separate us being able to connect and support each other as allies.

  1. Tools to effectively navigate your workplace and foster safe spaces to work in
  2. Build your capacity by developing a deeper understanding of your role in allying with and for others
  3. Learn how to foster a culturally safe place by examining traditional values and teachings from an Indigenous lens
  4. Explore various theories on intersectionality, neuro-decolonization, and critical-moment dialogue

Facilitator: Kim Haxton

IndigenEYEZ co-founder Kim is Potowatomi from the Wasauksing First Nation in northern Ontario. With degrees in geography and outdoor recreation, Kim has two decades of experience doing wilderness therapy and leadership development with aboriginal youth.

After 20 years studying with indigenous healers from Nepal, Thailand, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Belize, Haiti, and North America, Kim has become deeply involved in the healing of community and individual. Kim’s extensive work in trauma counselling training has given her the opportunity to work hands-on with survivors of disaster, whether man-made or natural, whether immediate or ancestral. Paired with Kim’s trauma work and healing knowledge is a strong background in wilderness therapy that has allowed her to support peoples’ discovery of their internal compass while establishing their relationship to nature. Kim brings a unique perspective to healing which includes traditional and modern modalities. Kim is convinced of the power of individuals and communities to enact their own healing through decolonization and harmonizing with nature.

Click “Register Now” to register for this February 21 session.

*** This session will also be live streamed, to register for the webinar please click here. ***


Venue Website:

1961 E Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Please note this room is located through the CTLT offices of the 2nd floor in IKBLC.