DE-COLONIZING PRAXIS IN INDUSTRY
Challenging industry through Indigenous-led approaches to violence prevention & land based practices
The Context: Industry, including work camps in remote communities, have been shown to increase violence against women and children, and tokenize indigenous contributions and leadership, which creates fractions in culture and land based approaches to Indigenous ways of being and living.
Why This Project Matters: Acting as a secondary partner to Indigenous-led leadership, this project invests in Indigenous youth to play a role in establishing community led responses to ending violence and upholding land protection.
What We Are Doing: Creating and delivering education, supporting lived experience inclusion, facilitating Learning Labs in multiple cities, coordinating Indigenous cultural practice & knowledge keepers from across Turtle Island
Completion Date: 2023
AN ETHICAL APPROACH TO CSR STORYTELLING
Developing brand new approaches to storytelling in Corporate Social Responsibility that protects people and creates great stories.
The Context: Social responsibility and shared value projects are becoming more common in the North American business landscape, yet lack an ethical structure for the telling of those project stories. Beneficiaries of CSR projects have experienced their stories exploited, a lack of supportive structures, trauma pornography narratives, and much more, result in long term negative consequences.
Why This Project Matters: We have initiated and are conducting the first research into ethical storytelling, to raise up a new standard of storytelling that is powerful and effective. Oh, and it won the Business for Social Good Grant from the UBC Sauder School of Business
What We Are Doing: Selected foci, clarified theories, identified research questions, collecting data (ethics review, qualitative interviews and focus groups with business leaders/participants in CSR projects, and A/B testing), analyzing data, reporting results peer review, in partnership with Dr. Darren Dahl
Completion Date: 2022
GENDER EQUITY IN LAW ENFORCEMENT
Investing in the leadership capacity of BIPOC+ and female identifying leaders in law enforcement to increase just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforces.
The Context: As the workforce has changed, so has the representation of the voices of BIPOC+ and female identifying leaders. Widespread discrimination and harassment has been found amongst multiple municipal, provincial, and federal policing structures, and has paved the way for radical new approaches to healthy and inclusive workplaces.
Why This Project Matters: Using a group and individual approach, we are part of multiple projects investing in creating psychological safety, transforming bias and patriarchal structures, and amplifying the leadership capacity and power capital of sworn and civilian members.
What We Are Doing: Creating safe engagement opportunities, hosting collaborative learning circles, and providing one on one professional leadership coaching.
Completion Date: 2022
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE FOR SURVIVORS OF MODERN DAY SLAVERY
Creating alternative and meaningful pathways to healing and justice through Canada’s first, comprehensive restorative justice process for Survivors of modern day slavery and human trafficking.
The Context: Restorative Justice (a process rooted in Indigenous peacemaking) is used across Canada in the criminal justice system to address the harm caused by a crime using restorative focused practices. Due to the intense nature and often psychopathic level of abuse, severe crimes, such as human trafficking, Canada lacks a safe structure in which to facilitate the process for Survivors.
Why This Project Matters: In Canada, there are criminal and civil processes Survivors can engage in to pursue justice. However, they lack a protective, victim-centred approach that rarely results in healing the larger impacts, including communities, culture, and relationships. This project aims to discover how to overcome systemic barriers, engage lived experience to guide the process, and offer new pathways to justice that heal the larger circles of life after trafficking.
What We Are Doing: Developing a four year comprehensive, Canada-wide project in partnership with over 30 different collaborators, engaging a collaborative design through Indigenous-led approaches. We are currently raising capital for this project.
Completion Date: 2026
Short Term Projects & Initiatives
Subject Matter Expertise
Providing SME input to multiple organizations, including a National Centre and International Education Institute
Education & Training
Providing customized education and training for national unions, post secondary institutions, Indigenous communities, and support workers of Migrant Workers
Consulting on a multi-year employment equity and inclusion project for marginalized populations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)