Leadnow: Skills for Solidarity

Leadnow is “an independent advocacy organization that brings generations of Canadians together to achieve progress through democracy”. The organization engaged in a major campaign entitled Skills for Solidarity: Indigenous People are Standing up Across Canada. Skills for Solidarity is an online education curriculum designed to help settler activists build a toolkit to work in solidarity with Indigenous communities by “teaching key lessons about our nations’ histories and ways that you can become a better ally”.

Launched in June 2014, the five-month program was open to Canadians of all backgrounds, though geared towards non-Indigenous participants. The program consisted of five modules, which included a live-broadcasted panel discussion once every three weeks. The panel discussions remain available on the website, along with the accompanying resource guide and workbooks designed to deepen participants’ learning and understanding.

The five modules are: Personal Story, Our Shared History, Mythbusting, Working Together Towards a New Relationship, and Where Do We Go From Here? Through the exploration of these themes, it is hoped that an overview of what a renewed relationship between Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples entails will be generated, guiding work on future campaigns and issues of shared concern.

URL: http://www.leadnow.ca/skills-for-solidarity/ 

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