Reconciliation Consulting & Personal/Management Coaching
We assist non-profits, government organizations, businesses, schools/universities, and professionals across many disciplines to approach the work of reconciliation in a grounded and informed way. By conducting domain specific research and tailored education, we help our clients to make connections between their work and the structural injustices facing Indigenous Peoples. We aim to help people identify active steps they can take to be allies and co-resistors in movements for justice for Indigenous Peoples, Lands, Waters, and our plant and animal relatives. At the organizational level, we provide strategic consultation to lay the groundwork and support implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls for Justice.
Training, Education & Knowledge Sharing
We provide education and training on a range of topics, including:
Indigenous histories and contemporary perspectives and realities,
Indigenous knowledge systems/governance,
Natural and Indigenous legal systems,
The Indigenous foundations of restorative justice,
Understanding Indigenous self-determination and sovereignty,
Inclusion on Indigenous Lands, and
Allyship and co-resistance for reconciliation.
We do not claim to hold expertise in any particular domain, rather we carry interdisciplinary knowledges with which we critically analyze the connections and interrelatedness between, making us well positioned to navigate our work wholistically. We continually invest in personal/professional development and prioritize learning from those with lived experiences of marginalization and colonial harm, particularly Black and Indigenous women and youth, Land and Water protectors, Two Spirit and gender diverse peoples, Elders, and people of colour. We aim to elevate the voices of our teachers and share the knowledge we have been gifted when appropriate to do so. Whenever we set out to share knowledge, we take time to refresh and expand our understanding by conducting topic specific research, and tailor our offerings to the specific audience and learning space.
Group Facilitation & Engagement
Our approach to facilitation is flexible, dynamic, and conversational. We are adept at facilitating difficult conversations and we help participants to bridge connections between ideas, constructs, and diverse knowledges. We also provide engagement services, including Indigenous community and youth engagement and engagement for community-led research. Our approach is trauma-informed, adaptive, and flexible, and prioritizes process over product. We aim to collaborate and co-design the process, content, outcomes, and knowledge sharing protocols with those we engage with. When we write reports on engagement, we utilize Indigenous knowledge governance standards as taught by Anishinaabkwe Deborah McGregor (White Fish River First Nation) which prioritizes clear reference to knowledge lineage.
Wholistic Thought Mapping
We provide wholistic, interconnected discussion/thought maps which our clients find effective for various purposes, from engagement/focus group records to formulating and organizing written content for reports, books, and theses. We offer this service in many mediums, including in-person mapping on white boards, posters, or chalkboards as well as virtually using digital software.
We are available for speaking engagements, lectures, and/or conference presentations related to a wide range of topics. Reach out to see if we may be a good fit for your series or event!
Policy Auditing & Development
Colonial mechanisms of oppression are embedded in the laws, policies, and informal procedures that govern our institutions and workspaces. Sister Circle can assist organizations to wholistically analyze policies and existing ways of working to uncover entrenched assumptions, exclusionary practices, and harmful language. Following a critical analysis of hiring and recruitment practices, communication and documentation standards, governance structures, and other structural elements, we recommend steps to enhance organizational accountability, diversity, and inclusion to reduce harm.
Research & Writing
Our approach to research is wholistic and community focused. We do not prioritize academic publications or written knowledge and we continually aim to improve our capacity to learn through listening, feeling, and other ways of knowing. We honour collectively held knowledge, oral knowledge, ancestral knowledge, and recognize lived experience as a source of truth. We reference knowledge learned from conversation, social media, webinars, journaling, and that which is expressed in artistic mediums of many kinds. We do not conduct primary research in community that is not requested by the community itself, and we consider robust community consent to be a fundamental requirement. We adhere to the OCAP™ principles in their broadest sense, as defined by the communities we collaborate with, where all elements of the research process including knowledge governance and evaluation are self-determined by the community.
We offer our services on a sliding scale - please inquire for details!