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Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5K9

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Aanii/Boozhoo/Hello Algoma District Youth, Elders and Community Members-


Respect- It is with the utmost respect from the Youth Social Infrastructure (YSI) Network that we are sending everyone our deepest apologies. We see the error of our ways in planning the training workshop Diving in the Dark: A workshop in Sault Ste Marie on conflict resolution, self-knowledge, trauma, and building resilience in our community change work. Through group reflection we have decided that we are going to postpone the event in hopes of building a stronger Community and YSI Network relationship.


Honesty- We did not ask young people who are most impacted by oppressive systems, or local healers and healing places, what we could do to support this kind of space well and what our role should be. Instead we created a planning process and event that excluded folks who know most about the impact of trauma and conflict on community change work in Sault Ste Marie and area. We planned this event with a team of people with different intersectional identities and experiences with trauma, but we did not center local Indigenous leadership and design in our process.


Humility- We know that so much care is needed when creating a space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous folks to talk about trauma in their lives and work when people have different experiences of privilege/injustice. In the context of creating an event to explore the impact of the traumas of racism and colonialism on community change work in Sault Ste Marie, we were perpetuating some of the oppressive systems we are trying to change


Courage- We are asking for forgiveness and for a new chance to build relationships with community members. We are sorry for not planning this in a good way and based on feedback we've received, we've stopped and shifted. Thank you for your work, your belief in us and being willing and brave to share critical feedback with us.


Wisdom- We would like to listen and to learn, if you are open to sharing with us. We will be coming to Sault Ste Marie as visitors Nov 24-26 and would like to come to some community events. We would also like to invite you to come have coffee/tea/food and hang out with us on Saturday during the day and Sunday morning at Noel's Place, 262 Frontenac St.


Truth- We hope to establish a new relationship for this event to take place in the future with stronger planning with everyone who needs to be a part of this process to ensure the training workshop Diving in the Dark: A workshop in Sault Ste Marie on conflict resolution, self-knowledge, trauma, and building resilience in our community change work is done with integrity, truth and love.

Love- Again we apologise for our neglect to be inclusive. It was not our hearts’ intentions to be hurtful to anyone in any way. Our next steps are to come and learn from your community, before moving on to the planning process again.



Meegwetch,


YSI


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Diving in the Dark: A workshop on self-knowledge, conflict resolution, trauma, and building resilience in our community change work


Diving in the Dark is a 3-day retreat-workshop for grassroots community organizers, community artists, staff who work in social work-type organizations but want to work in a different way, or anyone who works in community. For this workshop we have a specific focus on young people doing this work, and adults in supportive roles are also welcome to join us.


The purpose of this 3-day gathering is to get familiar with trauma-informed work, ourselves and the practices we use working with trauma and conflict in our community change work as artists, grassroots organizers, and staff through:

1) connecting to our self-knowledge (mental, emotional, physical, spiritual)

2) sharing and building strategies to reduce our isolation, work with conflict, and increase our sense of connectedness and capacity

To do this, we will be working from a pro-liberation approach (my freedom and health is connected to your freedom and health), centering Indigenous worldview and culture, and the stories and experiences of folks working with the impacts of different experiences of oppression.


Often when we're trying to make changes in our communities, we come up against conflict within ourselves or with others. Conflict is a normal part of change, but when this conflict is connected to personal and collective experiences of trauma from oppressive systems (like colonialism, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, etc.) and the consequences of that trauma (like acting out against one another, ourselves or others struggling with addiction, poor mental or physical health, etc.) we can struggle with feeling isolated and not knowing what to do. Deepening our relationship with ourselves and the cultural practices that hold meaning for us can be part of how we can get centered and feel stronger in the work.


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When:

Day 1 - Friday November 24th 12pm - 7pm (includes snacks and dinner)

Day 2 - Saturday November 25th 9am - 7pm (includes breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Day 3 - Sunday November 26th 9am - 3pm (includes breakfast and lunch)


Where:

Noel's Place/4 Directions Event Centre

262 Frontenac Street

Sault Ste. Marie, ON

P6A 5K9

Who:

This workshop is co-designed and co-facilitated by Tomee Sojourner (bio below), YSI Collaborative members from Toronto, Algoma and Thunder Bay, and local community members in Sault Ste Marie.

Why:

This workshop is a response to a call for deeper learning on trauma-informed community change work and strategies that we can use do help us do our work and take care of ourselves in the process.

How:

Our 3 days will be spent in facilitated workshops, collective activities, sharing and leading learning with each other, and time for self and reflection. Specific activity information will be shared after registration closer to the event, or if you have questions, please contact Krista at krista@youthsi.org or 249-356-0788.

Cost:

In an attempt to make this workshop as accessible as possible, we invite you to contribute what you are able toward the cost of this workshop - and we welcome you to join us for free.

Funding for this workshop is made available through the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Travel:

If you are traveling from out of town for this workshop, YSI may be able to support you with billeting in Sault Ste Marie. If you have questions about travel and accommodation, please contact Krista at krista@youthsi.org or 249-356-0788.

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About Tomee Sojourner:

A seasoned workplace consultant, mediator, trainer, and researcher with over 20 years progressive professional experience and a personal commitment to collaborating with colleagues for progressive social inclusion.

I have been fortunate to work with clients and colleagues who are committed to navigating difficult situations with gentleness and emotional intelligence. My practice is grounded on professional objectivity, collaboration, integrity, innovation with an intention to strengthen my communities.

As an interdisciplinary legal researcher, my LLM (Master of Laws) thesis at Osgoode Hall Law School, focuses on human rights law, consumer racial profiling, gender, and private arbiters.

I have an M.A.in Social Justice & Equity Studies (Brock University), a B.A. Honours in Directed Interdisciplinary Studies concentration in Legal Studies, Sociology, and Social Work (Carleton University), and a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (Faculty of Law, University of Windsor).


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