Walk with me: sharing space along the path

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2017
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Cormier, Shannon
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This qualitative participatory action-based re-search explores Indigenous and non- Indigenous women’s learning practice within grassroots community groups in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Privileging Indigenous women’s perspectives and guided by a Community Advisory Group of Indigenous Women, this study invited both Indigenous and non- Indigenous allies to participate in a dialogue and knowledge sharing. The narratives are based on the fundamental experience of being involved with Indigenous-women lead movements through community work grounded in cultural perspective and experience in comparison to mainstream movements that typically perpetuate a colonial agenda. Their knowledge and stories of lived experiences revealed key elements and strategies that generated seven key guide tips that provide insight for non-Indigenous Peoples interested and ready to share space along the path with Indigenous communities in ways that will best support relationships needed to create a new future. The seven guide tips are: relationships matter, power and perspective, words matter, get comfortable being uncomfortable, finding common ground, the gifts of conflict, and commitment to reflection, ongoing development and learning.
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Collaborative relationships, Building Alliances, Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations
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