SPARK! in Merritt, BC

Dec 19, 2017— Merritt, BC: SPARK: IndigenEYEZ Leadership Essentials is coming to Merritt in January!

The popular IndigenEYEZ program SPARK: Leadership Essentials is designed to strengthen our relationships to self, to others, to nature, and to each culture.

SPARK unfolds in five learning modules.
1) Safety: Creating a space of trust
2) Participation: Increasing engagement
3) Arts: Tapping into new creative energy
4) Relationships: Deepening our connections
5) Knowledge: Learning Indigenous traditions


During the SPARK workshop we will explore:

– How to design and deliver effective lessons, workshops, and meetings
Ways to make a safe space for honest and creative exploration
How to learn and lead fun, arts-based activities
How to build relationships across ages, professions, and sectors
Ways to enliven learning, deepen reflection, and develop social and emotional skills
Tools for responding to challenging participants
Ways to share your truth and address the “pink elephants” in your organization






Andrea Shintah

From Interior BC and part of the Nlakapamux Nation, Andrea is known for her land and Indigenous rights advocacy work throughout the community of Merritt. She has bridged the gaps between First Nation and non-First Nation communities and agencies, administering the strategic collaboration of services for greater community impacts, along with promoting the importance of ecological sustainability.




Warren Hooley

Warren is from the Syilx (Okanagan) Territory. Having mixed roots and growing up in both the western and Indigenous worlds, Warren brings experience of from both sides of his lineage to his work as a facilitator. For the past 7 years he has facilitated groups and delivered workshops across Turtle Island on creative facilitation, healthy masculinity, and nonviolent communication.




What can SPARK do for you? Previous IndigenEYEZ participants report renewed energy in the workplace and a greater capacity to engage staff and community. They feel more confident leading groups. Participants are able to create programs that are more fun to deliver—and to attend.


Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
4155 Belshaw Street – Merritt, BC

January 11th & 12th, 2018


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I liked learning to listen for celebration, and hearing the desires in complaints – it was so awesome to know about. I liked learning about how much silent processing is going on, and how it continues after.

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