The Restoring Collective mobilizes Indigenous Transformative Justice and ways of Knowing and Leading with gratitude on the unsurrendered territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
The Collective began in 2013 with a small Indigenous-Ally collaboration group I as part of who asked: “How do we end the cycles of violence?” and “How do we work together as human beings?”
The outcome is an Indigenous-Ally collaboration network that coaches skills, tools, and partnerships to build circles of belonging, reconciliation, witnessing, co-creation and leadership in across Turtle Island.
In live and online workshops, both front-line staff and leaders collaborate tools for social transformation, reconciliation, evolutionary relationships, structural change and everyday conflict resolution. The curriculum bridges Indigenous ways of knowing, principles of All My Relations respect, responsibility, and reciprocity, with both day to day relationship practices for peacebuilding communities, and leadership actions for transformational organizations.
The Restoring Circles Project empowers front-line Coaches with tools for restorative talking circles; non-violent conflict resolution; trauma-informed somatic healing; witnessing and interdependent, full-person reciprocity; stories of resilience and identities of gifts, weaving belonging and peacebuilding in collective Circle process and cultural hands-on, ritual protocols and spiritual place-making.
Allyship: Collaborating into Structure Leadership Workshops take these same Indigenous ways of knowing and relationship, and coaches and co-creates with civil society and enterprise leaders for organizations of reconciliation and innovation. The practices not only activate goals for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, they build concrete action, structures and sustainable and effective systems for any organization wanting to be relevant, adaptable, collaborative, and effective.
Interview exploring Allyship and relationship-based development, on SFU’s Community Engagement blog: http://sfuwce.org/