Anti-Indigenous Racism Training
What is it?
How do you bring AIR and Indigenous Cultural Safety into action in your work and personal lives?
What beliefs and narratives need to be unpacked to inspire compassionate knowing and change-oriented action?
What does it mean to work towards Healing Centred Engagement and reconciling relationships?
We invite you to explore these questions in an interactive and self-reflective workshop.
Together we will identify and unpack some key terms, discuss land acknowledgments and take a journey through the historical context that brings us to where we are today. You will experience Indigenous teachings that will support you to connect your mind with your heart to enliven change in your personal & professional communities.
Your Indigenous facilitators have over twenty years of experience working in the Indigenous health field and strong skills to support your learning.
We look forward to meeting you.
Anti-Indigenous Racism Dialogues:
Journeying Toward Reconciliation
Anti-Indigenous Racism: What is it? How do you notice it in your work and personal lives? What does it mean to work towards reconciling relationships?
We invite you to explore these questions and more in this 4-hour, interactive and self-reflective workshop.
Together we will identify and unpack key terms, discuss land acknowledgments and journey
through the historical context that brings us to where we are today. You will experience Indigenous teachings that will support you to connect your mind with your heart to enliven change in your personal & professional communities.
Your Indigenous facilitators have over twenty years of experience working in the Indigenous health field and strong skills to support you in your learning.
HOW: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register
We look forward to meeting you.
Jennifer, Tanu, & Jennifer-Lee
Jennifer-Lee Koble (she/her) is of Métis/Cree and mixed European descent. Jennifer-Lee has a private clinical practice exclusively supporting Indigenous community members in healing from the historic and ongoing impacts of colonization. Jennifer-Lee also provides clinical consultation to therapists seeking to explore the impacts of racism within their practices. As an adjunct professor in the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia, she taught Indigenous perspectives and decolonizing courses.
BHK, BSc. (PT)
Jennifer is a member of the Missanabie Cree First Nation and is also of mixed European ancestry. She is a founding board member and health & wellness coach at Kilala Lelum, an Indigenous health & healing centre in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood, and is a former pediatric physiotherapist. She has over 18-years of experience working in Indigenous Health in a variety of clinical, research and community settings.
BA, MEd, RCC
Tanu grew up in Prince Rupert B.C. and belongs to both the Haida and Gitxaala Nations. She has worked in the field of Indigenous health for over 17 years in rural and urban community settings. Tanu is currently a practicing clinical counsellor in private practice and an Indigenous Clinical Counsellor at SFU.
“Thank you for the opportunity to attend your Anti-Indigenous Racism training. This workshop helped me to connect the dots and deepen my learning in anti-indigenous racism. The facilitators’ skill in teaching with wisdom, compassion and heart created an excellent container for learning. This workshop is required learning for folks working with the public!”
“This is hands down the best workshop I’ve ever attended. 100% I would recommend and have already recommended!”
—AMY KUBANEK, Creative Body Coach
“Thank you for creating the beautiful circle for our teams yesterday. It was an impactful few hour of learning, unlearning and deep discovery into the past. Not only was the material incredibly useful, but your family stories supported a deeper understanding of a painful history that touched all of us personally. We are hopeful the container you shared will be carried forward for our team to continue their learning and take meaningful next steps.”
“This workshop left me with a deep, compassionate and actionable understanding of how I, as an uninvited settler can continue decolonizing my mind, heart and community. Working with sitting in discomfort; connecting this information from an intellectual perspective to our hearts. Very powerful.”
“I have attended multiple anti-racism trainings, and this is the best one I have ever experienced. Your skill of holding the space, teaching from the heart and therapeutic skills were very present.”
—MELANIE MACDONALD, MSW, RSW
“I am recommending this workshop already. It is essential knowledge and experience for every one of us non-Indigenous Canadians. I/we need to wake up and live with awareness of our impact and learn more of how to make it good. I like the content of the facts being made “thick”/real – not just theoretical and distanced. Your personal stories did this very well. I liked the slow pacing accompanied by regular invitations to notice our somatic experience; this was really important and helpful – it helped the stories land in me.”
—ELIZABETH DE BALASI’S, RCC
“It was such a non-judgemental unfolding of the information. I didn’t feel like you were hitting us over the head, but nudging us toward the truth. In that way, we could judge for ourselves the wrongs that have been done. Way more effective than anger and finger-pointing.”
—SUSAN RANKIN, BScPT, MHSc
“The AIR Training is a powerful and embodied course that is not only richly informative but is also impactful at the heart level – so necessary to move us all into effective action to end anti-Indigenous racism. Tanu and Jennifer-Lee are powerful, wise and courageous leaders and teachers.”
—SHAYA SY-RANTFORS, RTC
“Every non-Indigenous person should take this workshop. It is extremely moving, and important, and gives folks a starting point with how to advocate for Indigenous sovereignty. If you consider yourself an Indigenous Ally, Accomplice or Co-conspirator, take this program. The instructors are incredibly knowledgeable and generous with their time and energy.”
—MINDY GOBBI, CPHR, RCIC
“One of the most important things about resisting with oppressed communities is not just to do so intellectually, but to FEEL it in your heart. This workshop really makes you feel it in your heart.”
“I am honoured to provide a testimonial in support of the Indigenous Cultural Safety Training session that you provided for Mom2mom volunteers in April of 2019.”
“Jennifer-Lee & Jen are highly skilled facilitators & lead an embodied exploration of unsettling themes & hold both them & the group with heart, respect & accountability. I highly highly recommend this training. It is relevant to everyone living in this country.”
—KIM FLEMING MSW, RSW PARTICIPANT
“I would highly recommend this training to everyone committed to meaningful allyship and social change.”
—JENNY MALCOLM, RCC
“The anti-Indigenous racism training workshop led by Jennifer-Lee, Tanu and Jennifer was incredibly powerful. The workshop weaves facts and personal experiences and stories together to support a deep understanding and critical self-reflection of anti-Indigenous racism. Jennifer-Lee, Tanu and Jennifer are knowledgeable, compassionate, and created a very safe space for open and honest dialogues. Thank you for taking the time to create this workshop and space.”
“Thank you both again so much for yesterday and for giving so much of yourselves to us. Our team benefited so much from yesterday and I received many messages afterwards that it was the best training that anyone had ever received. I feel the same way and I know that we all left with many new learnings, takeaways, reflections and actions to carry us forward. You are both extraordinary facilitators and bring your whole heart to this work.”
—SARAH IRVINE, Foundry
“The training provided a safe and non-judgmental space in which to explore Canada’s troubled history and openly discuss issues of racism, colonialism, “settler guilt” and other difficult topics. I appreciated the straightforward explanation of certain indigenous cultural norms, why land acknowledgements are important, and why language and up-to-date terminology matters. I came away from the training feeling both unsettled and energized, and with a deeper knowledge and understanding.”
“This anti-indigenous racism training is among the most powerful & important experiences, both personally & professionally, that I have ever had. The training is interactive & deeply immersive.”
“Tremendously delivered with gentleness and respect for all.”
“Both of you (Jennifer-Lee & Tanu) are brilliant facilitators, setting a very “safe” container for participants, a wealth of knowledge and incorporated the material in such a way that was not just intellectual but actually gave us all an “embodied” experience of the history and culture of Indigenous People.”
“I have been present for and part of multiple workshops with Jennifer-Lee and Jen and am always touched and profoundly impacted by their transformative power. If you are seeking an opportunity to have eyes, mind, and heart opened, and a greater understanding of Indigenous cultural safety and awareness, I cannot recommend their workshops enough. Whenever we have hosted them at our events for youth and young people, their workshop is always the most powerful and impactful learning experience of the day.”
—ANDREA VUKOBRAT, Foundry Central Office
“Please accept our heartfelt thanks for the beautiful, tender, and poignant teachings and personal stories you brought to the space created in the AIR dialogues. I want to acknowledge and express gratitude for the vulnerability and courage that both you and Jennifer-Lee offered into the circle.
I sensed a tremendous appreciation for the sense of safety you both created in our learning space, as well as the invitation to be curious, ask questions, and be non-judgemental of self and others as we explored together some painful truths of Indigenous history (and present-day realities) in Canada. These are critical conversations to have – especially when we can create spaces for indigenous, im/migrant and settler voices to come together for collective learning.”
—OLIVIA BORNIK, North Shore Immigrant Inclusion Partnership (NSIIP)