SPARK: Tools for Change
Creative facilitation training for emerging Indigenous leaders and changemakers
If leading meetings, events, or workshops is part of your work or your role in your community, then the SPARK series of workshops is for you!
from the syilx language that translates to the ability to bring imagination into physical being through action
Our Indigenous-led and centered space is a place for you to learn ways to increase participation, bring all voices into the dialogue, and strengthen connection. Creativity is incredibly important for our expression, self-determination and decolonization as Indigenous peoples. The SPARK workshop series teaches interactive holistic learning techniques paired with the creative arts. Simple and powerful, SPARK (re)ignites that which brings and holds community together.
UPCOMING WORKSHOP DATES:
SPARK: Tools for Change - Facilitate to Engage & Connect starts Oct 19, 2023
REKINDLE HOPE & CREATIVITY
Indigenous ways of being have sustained our relationships with each other and the land for thousands of years. Our mission is to breathe life into the embers of indigenous principles and knowledge. Colonization has disrupted our relationships and the circle of support around our youth and communities, creating dissension and isolation.
SHIFT FROM JUDGEMENT & OTHERING TO CURIOSITY & EMPATHY
Deepening our understanding of what is underneath these behaviours and relational patterns creates space for compassion and empathy. Using strength-based communication increases trust and connection. The creative arts can help us to imagine healthier ways forward. As Indigenous peoples, we are re-awakening our need and capacity for connection. That’s why this workshop series is designed to strengthen four essential relationships: with ourselves, with each other, with the land, and with culture.
Racism and cultural erasure have left deep wounds resulting in internalizing patterns of don’t talk, don’t trust, don’t feel. But we know these patterns inhibit us, our relationships, and our goals. The creative empowerment methodologies can help us shift these patterns.
pʔax the syilx word meaning to spark so as to cause light or to become “mind aware”
FEEL SUPPORTED BY A COMMUNITY OF FELLOW CHANGEMAKERS
Ignite transformation and fuel mobilization alongside a community of learners who are...
- Coming to know and remembering our indigenous ways
- Strengthening our voices and creative self-expression
- Gathering new and old tools for leading inclusive learning and transformation
- Connecting with Indigenous peoples who share our passion for bringing people together in a good way
- Rejuvenating spirits through imagination, meaningful dialogue, fun and play
Our mission is to inspire an intergenerational legacy of well-being among Indigenous peoples, where all relatives, including those yet to come, thrive and prosper. We envision a thriving and diverse network of Indigenous facilitators supporting each other in centering Indigenous principles and ways of being.
MEDICINE FOR RELATIONSHIPS
Together, IndigenEYEZ and Partners for Youth Empowerment (PYE Global) strive to inspire hope for the future. We believe that combining creativity and connection is the key to healing relationships, empowering the next generation, and transforming our realities. We hope that by experiencing and using our creative facilitation methodologies, you will learn how to cultivate collaboration and hold open and authentic dialogue.
It’s in this way that we can invite in all our voices to create the movement needed to strengthen the circle around our youth and children and transform the systemic patterns that disconnect us from each other and the land. Part of our work together will be to consider how we can shift socially and systemically ingrained patterns of “power over” in our groups by building a tapestry of shared power and contributing to the work already being done by Indigenous peoples across this land. We hope you will leave the workshop (re)invigorated and inspired to (re)imagine new pathways forward.
through trust-building, self-reflection and community building to foster youth, individual and group creativity.
STRENGTHEN LEADERSHIP SKILLS
and learn to lead gatherings that encourage participation, engagement, innovative thinking and expression of ideas.
INVITE ALL VOICES TO BE HEARD
with strategies to foster safer spaces and opportunities for meaningful engagement.
FEEL INVIGORATED AND VALIDATED
confronting negative self-talk and feelings of exhaustion, isolation, and hopelessness.
The actual cost for each SPARK series is $320 CAD per seat for a workshop with 30 changemakers. Money collected from registration fees contributes to covering our costs to deliver the SPARK series of workshops. As IndigenEYEZ relies on grant funding and private donations, every dollar helps us continue our work and create more spaces for other participants who may not have the privilege to put funds toward professional development.
We offer a sliding scale of options for those who may have access to professional development funding or are in a position where they can contribute to their registration. We recognize that historical and ongoing systemic oppression has resulted in socioeconomic disparity and barriers to wealth accumulation by members of marginalized communities. We believe that our workshops, and any leadership and empowerment opportunities, should be free and accessible to those who need it to be free and accessible.
Honouring that we each have our own story that includes a diversity of experiences, challenges and opportunities, we offer multiple options in an effort to provide accessibility for where you’re at right now—you are welcome and you belong here.
This option is equal to the cost per person for one session
This option is equal to the cost person for two sessions
This option equals the cost per person for the entire workshop
NO COST REGISTRATION
We recognize that none of the above options may be realistic.
We welcome all changemakers and are grateful you are here
and interested in the IndigenEYEZ movement!