Testimonials


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“One of the most important skills I learned with IndigenEYEZ was how to create a safe and supportive environment using the circle, theatre games and empathy consciousness.  I was able to apply the skills from the empathy consciousness exercises immediately, not only within my relationship but also with my friends and family. I am so grateful for what I am learning with IndigenEYEYZ.”

Leadership Essentials Participant

 

“I was surprised to discover how I felt awkward at first when doing improv and other approaches. I was therefore surprised and impressed to notice how quickly the IndigenEYEZ techniques worked to melt away my resistance.”

Leadership Essentials Participant

 

“I loved the workshop! It was very powerful and a whole lot of fun. I felt safe and really heard. I have done a lot of healing work already, but this process took it to a whole other level. I was authentically expressing myself in front of other Indigenous people who totally understood my pain; it was very validating to say the least. I made good connections and I look forward to the next module!!”

Leadership Essentials Participant

 

“I learned to lead interesting activities, but I also felt nourished and challenged in my soul.”

— Leadership Essentials Participant

 

“I loved it all! I loved how we did an activity and then we debriefed it, talking about the how and why.” 

Leadership Essentials Participant

 

“The one workshop that I felt really stretched me – and the one I received the best ‘aha’ moment from – was the visualization and drawing. I’ve never been comfortable drawing, but when it came through loud and clear that what I drew didn’t have to be perfect; that it was just a representation of something, I realized drawing a little squiggle in the right spot was enough. And just this, something so small, could convey depth, meaning and importance.” 

— Leadership Essentials Participant

 

“When I first went, I wasn’t sure what was in store for me. I thought it was going to be a full day, classroom-based, sitting there taking notes, following a step-by-step plan. But with all the interactive content and physical motion of the lively activities, I was engaged full-force. I loved it all.”

— Leadership Essentials Participant

 

“The energy and creativeness IndigenEYEZ brings to the room is amazing.” 

— Leadership Essentials Participant

 

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“There was a feeling of safety and ease moving into more challenging activities. It was inclusive; everyone participated and the facilitators were very personable and fun.“

— IndigenEYEZ Essentials: Express Yourself (CF1) Participant

 

“I liked that everything was designed to help people connect and communicate with one another. Some highlights for me were: the role modeling of facilitators, clear expectations, excellent creation of safety in a group, and lots of fun and laughter.”

— IndigenEYEZ Essentials: Express Yourself (CF1) Participant

 

“This is exactly what I’ve been needing.”

— IndigenEYEZ Essentials: Express Yourself (CF1) Participant

 

“Going in I wondered: how useful will it be for me? But it was very useful! I would recommend this training, absolutely!”

— IndigenEYEZ Essentials: Express Yourself (CF1) Participant

 

“It is a very effective, gentle yet dynamic training that fosters trust, connection and safety.”     

 — IndigenEYEZ Essentials: Express Yourself (CF1) Participant

 

“This training has re-sparked in me creativity and greater personal confidence, clarity and empowerment.”

— IndigenEYEZ Essentials: Express Yourself (CF1) Participant

 

“I have gained more confidence in myself to work with groups of people, and talk in front of people I don’t know.”

— IndigenEYEZ Essentials: Express Yourself (CF1) Participant

 

“This workshop awakened my creative spirit.”

— IndigenEYEZ Essentials: Working From Strengths (CF2) Participant

 

“I would STRONGLY recommend this training, as it is phenomenal & fun. The skills gained at the end will TOTALLY benefit anyone seeking facilitation skills.”

— IndigenEYEZ Essentials: Working From Strengths (CF2) Participant

 

“This training will bring life to any group and the clients will leave smiling & coming back for more.”

— IndigenEYEZ Essentials: Working From Strengths (CF2) Participant

 

“Be courageous. Be daring. Open yourself up to new possibilities. I am now a more confident and creative facilitator.”

— IndigenEYEZ Essentials: Working From Strengths (CF2) Participant

 

“I feel refreshed, more confident & re-visited why I love facilitation. The tools are all useful, their teaching style is respectful and encouraging. I would recommend this workshop to those who have been facilitating for awhile and to those who are just starting out.”

— IndigenEYEZ Essentials: Working From Strengths (CF2) Participant

 

“Come to IndigenEYEZ workshops with an open mind. Be prepared to fully participate & be open to all kinds of learning. The sessions contain so much meaning and are shared with such compassion.”

—Art Of Facilitation Participant

 

“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.”

— Art Of Facilitation Participant

 

“I realized new ways I can help myself debrief after a workshop I lead alone – even at a later date. Overall, I enjoyed being in the presence of such loving people.”

— Art Of Facilitation Participant

 

“The skills I know I’ll use the most in the classroom are field of choices, multiple action plans, and coaching conversations. “

— Art Of Facilitation Participant

 

Administrators

“Our conference participants loved the energy, they loved stepping out of their box, having fun, and they loved the community feel IndigenEYEZ brought to them.”

—Christy, AHS Edmonton

 

“IndigenEYEZ energized us: the facilitators lifted our spirits, they gave us a sense of belonging to ourselves, to aboriginal people, to our traditions, and to our culture. They empowered us to make changes in ourselves and step out of the box.”

—Mel, AHS Edmonton 

 

“As the youth drove in from the different communities, it was easy to see that many of the other chaperones had had similar challenges to myself, in convincing youth to come to the camp at all.  The kids were quiet and shy, keeping very much to their familiar groups and generally refusing to make eye contact.  

The IndigenEYEZ facilitators were very welcoming and fun, engaging students in easy chit chat, soccer games and gently encouraging everyone to make their own name tags from the art materials supplies.  

Our first circle and first activities started the transformation and the incredible momentum and enthusiasm continued to build all weekend.  Watching the barriers drop and all the youth grow and become more comfortable with themselves and each other quickly was truly a treat to see.  It was truly inspiring to sit back and just watch these youth suddenly jumping at the opportunity to tell their story, to sing in harmony or perform any and all sorts of artistic movement.  When the costume box came out in the evening and the youth were invited to showcase their ‘talents’, I was again delighted to see the participation…..and the hysterical get ups they choose to parade around in. The youth were amazing, and so supportive of one another.

The camp itself was well organized and easy to slip in to the routine of.  The facilitators are totally professional and immensely talented.  It was fascinating to watch them work together to consciously mold and adjust their activities to the specific needs of the group and individuals, and to build a web of support and encouragement around all the youth.  Not one child was left behind at any point and every single person there felt strong and heard.  During our final circle, many of the youth expressed their heartfelt appreciation of the facilitators and I heard many times over how the camp was ‘way better then I thought it would be!’  The common regret (mine as well) was that the weekend was just too short. “ 

—Terra, Communities That Care – Anahim Lake

 

Youth

“This camp helped me realize who I am, that I am beautiful, that we are all beautiful.”

—2014 IndigenEYEZ Camper

 

“I learned to ground myself instead of hiding my emotions and stewing in them until I overflow. I will honor my feelings and know that it’s okay to share when you’re hurting.”

—2015 IndigenEYEZ Camper

 

“This will change my life.”

—2015 IndigenEYEZ Camper

 

“I learned to be more open with people.”

—2015 IndigenEYEZ Camper

 

“Our land is everything. We need each other to make a difference. “

—2015 IndigenEYEZ Camper

 

“I learnt to be more respectful, to think more about nature and our heritage. It is important to learn from your Elders, so we can pass it along to our kids, so they can pass it along to their kids, so we keep our culture going. “

—2015 IndigenEYEZ Camper

 

“At camp, I learned to love myself as a person.”

—2015 IndigenEYEZ Camper

 

“Coming in to this camp I wanted to learn more about our past, and now I know there is so much more to learn. This experience has been life changing because it taught me so many things – I am not going to let anyone stop me from learning my culture.”

—2015 IndigenEYEZ Camper

 

“This experience reminded me of where I come from. I felt so much pride for my culture and being First Nations. My life will be different because all the love at this camp that gave me so much confidence.”

—2015 IndigenEYEZ Camper

 

“This was the most educational and fun camp I’ve ever been to, I’m so glad I came. I really enjoyed my time here and I really don’t want to leave. I can’t wait until next year.”

—2015 IndigenEYEZ Camper

 

“I loved it here. Make this Camp longer.”

—2015 IndigenEYEZ Camper

 

“This camp provided me with a lot of insight, and has given me the inclination to be involved in my community and my culture.”

—2015 IndigenEYEZ Camper

 

Adults-YouthCamp“My 17-year-old is the silent type. I couldn’t believe when he came back from camp and talked for two hours! He was so focused and specific about the steps he wanted to take to reach his goals. He shared some of his needs for support and identified how I could help. It was amazing!”

—Parent of 2015 IndigenEYEZ Camper

 

“For my son going into a camp that was all indigenous youth was really powerful. He is used to a typical multi-cultural high school with a wide varriety or backgrounds and cultural heritages, but to go into a camp that was all Indigenous youth, he really felt everyone automatically understood him. There was something unspoken that didn’t have to explain, that he usually does. A cultural understanding.”

—Parent of 2015 IndigenEYEZ Camper

 

“For him I think it was a surprise. My son did not know there was something missing or needed from his life, and at the camp not only was he able to discover this, but also but also articulate it. Even though my son has spent a lot of time with his Indigenous community, it was only at this camp, in this setting, that it was more apparent to him what he was missing.”

—Parent of 2015 IndigenEYEZ Camper

 

“At first the kids stuck to their friends and refused to make eye contact with anyone… But soon these kids from different communities turned from nervous and withdrawn individuals into a group of friends. The momentum and enthusiasm keep building. The youth were so supportive of one another. It was beautiful to watch how they relaxed and opened up in that environment of trust and acceptance.”

—2015 Chaperone Williams Lake IndigenEYEZ Camp

 

“In the students I brought, I saw them step up to a new level. It was really good to see, and good to bring back home.”

—2015 Chaperone Kelowna IndigenEYEZ Camp

 

“One youth left his shell behind and bloomed fearlessly.”

—2015 IndigenEYEZ Camp Facilitator

 

“During some of the workshops I witnessed tears of pain – tears of love and tears of healing.”

—2015 IndigenEYEZ Camp Facilitator

 

“So much transformation in the Youth! Forming Friendships, developing confidence, learning from all Nations, Sharing culture and dreams! Every single person brought something to share, personal stories, songs, drums.”

—2015 IndigenEYEZ Camp Facilitator

 

“I watched in awe as youth reached out to each other and made new friends.”

—2015 IndigenEYEZ Camp Facilitator

 

“This camp has built up many of the youths self-confidence to get out of their way to meet new people and talk in small or big groups. Also, the youth have learned to listen to their peers more, and also to the elders that were present. I noticed the youth took more pride in their culture, and where they were from.”

—2015 IndigenEYEZ Camp Facilitator

 

“I feel that the camp held a safe, sacred space for the youth to open their hearts and minds. I witnessed the growth in their self-esteem and saw how they become more self-confident. It was beautiful to see the increase of pride and honor they built through their traditional songs. I saw the youth share their traditional songs among peers and speak more in their native language. I felt the youth become more aware of the land and their responsibility.”

—2015 IndigenEYEZ Camp Facilitator

 

Facilitators

During a plant walk on the dry desert land, what began as a workshop led by one of the facilitators turned into a collaborative lesson on native plants and their uses for human consumption, for health and wellness. Many of the youth had knowledge to share, and they were given he opportunity to share what they had learned from uncles, aunties and grandparents. We were able to see, to touch, to smell and to come to a deeper understanding of our relationship with our natural environment.  Another great opportunity for deep learning.”

—Mariko Ihara, IndigenEYEZ Facilitator

 

“The whole group was in awe. We witnessed a young native girl, a girl who had barely spoken a single word in three days – a girl who seemed so closed that many would label her a ‘lost cause’ – we witnessed her not only break through her shell, we saw her shatter her shell to pieces! She didn’t just sing. It felt like the vibrations of her soul ran through the bodies of every single person in that room. From that point forward you could see her talking, laughing, sharing and connecting with the other youth. It was then that I knew that I was a part of something truly special, something that is indeed transformational. I thought, ‘If Mary can change, then so can each and every one of us.'”

—Warren Hooley, IndigenEYEZ Facilitator

 

“These camps created a safe container: by physically going away from your normal life, but more profoundly, it is an emotional and spiritual space. This container provides an atmosphere to give youth the space to access the deeper desires within their self, or even soul.”

—Thomas Barnhill, IndigenEYEZ Facilitator

 

“IndigenEYEZ re-imagines the world in a way that allows our young people to feel like they belong.”

—Michelle Thrush, IndigenEYEZ Facilitator

 

“The 2015 Summer Youth Camp in Kelowna was unmatched in all the youth camps I’ve been a part of, for 14 years! It was an honor to come create with these youth; to work with them, write with them, and watch as they created their very own theme song. I pray all who see this project jump at the chance to support, IndigenEYEZ.”

—Star Nayea, Artist Facilitator at 2015 Camp

 

“Because we had so many tribes, and cultures, backgrounds there, the biggest community building experience we had was undoubtedly the singing. Me, being from the west coast, with all the deep humming and harmonizing, had the opportunity to sing with people who were singing cree songs. I was able to share a song or two from my tribe, as well as able to sing with them the songs I know. Yes, the singing definitely brought everyone together. “

—Colin Beans, IndigenEYEZ Youth Facilitator  

 

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