Walking Together: Steps for Organizational Change
With today’s reality of limited funding and human resource capacity, we often find ourselves compensating by reducing or limiting our scope/ framework/ lens.
But including intersections of identity of our audiences is necessary when thinking about moving forward, working toward genuine change, and working with and for communities. Making time and space to explore new frameworks through creativity and innovation is important. We strive to engage in better ways with communities such as youth, indigenous, 2SLGBTQ+, African-Canadians and within a feminist, climate justice, sustainable development goals framework.
While our sector supports all of these lens/ frameworks, there are practical obstacles that prevent us from actually acting on them.
This panel will explore the importance of including and diversifying theory frameworks within organizations that can create change while reducing and minimizing harm.
Panelists will discuss how the lens/ framework benefits their organization, work daily and how to fund and support long-term sustainable change in their work for the variety of communities we seek to engage.
(Can't attend the Symposium? Watch the livestream on our Facebook page!)
Josie Baker is a queer woman from the island of Abegweit, the unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq people. She is Executive Director of of the Tatamagouche Centre, a retreat centre for transformative education in Nova Scotia. Her background is in the local and national movement for migrant worker rights, community development, and anti-oppressive community work. She is committed to creating inclusive and safer spaces, and challenging the ways that neo-liberal capitalism continues to degrade community and our ways of working together.
Sandra Moran is an advocate for LGBT, women's and Indigenous rights, an accomplished musician and, most recently, a politician. In 2015, Sandra made history as the first feminist and first openly gay Member of Congress to be elected in Guatemala. She is a member of the Convergence CPO-CRD party, which brings together feminists, students, farmers, as well as Indigenous peoples.
Dr. Sherry Pictou is a Mi’kmaw woman from L’sɨtkuk (water cuts through high rocks) known as Bear River First Nation, Nova Scotia and is an Assistant Professor in the Women’s Studies Department at Mount Saint Vincent University with a focus on Indigenous Feminism. She is also a former Chief for her community and the former Co-Chair of the World Forum of Fisher Peoples. Her research interests are decolonization of treaty relations, Social Justice for Indigenous Women, Indigenous women’s role in food and lifeways, and Indigenous knowledge and food systems.