September 16, 10 am - 5 pm
Check-in opens at 9 a.m.
344516 N Line, Priceville, ON N0C 1K0
An introductory sharing on the impact of colonization and oppressive practices with an invitation to decolonize our thinking and develop anti-oppressive practices in a movement towards Truth and Reconciliation.
Shore will present some different ways of knowing, understanding, and seeing different Indigenous cultural ways of being as well as what our colonizing ancestors may have missed learning and appreciating about these ways of living in a step towards increasing compassion, context, and possible ways to move forward in a different way. You will be invited to learn some of the history of the original peoples of this land, how they learned, how they thrived for thousands of years, and what they learned from the natural world and how it informed their society, agreements, and relationships between nations prior to colonization.
Guest PresenterShore Charnoe, BA (hons), ECE, BSW, RSW
Shore is a biological and adoptive mother of 11 and a grandmother of 6. She is the founder of The Circle for Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to healing and supporting regenerative connective cultural practices to support elders, families and youth at risk build a sustainable lifestyle through a long-lasting relationship with the land, water, and the natural world, themselves and each other to contribute to co-creating a healthier planet for future generations. Programing includes nature connection, peacemaking teachings, indigenous traditional knowledge, storytelling, plant identification and more, for individual healing, learning, and growth.
Shore has had a private counseling practice since 1994. As a traditional counselor, helper, and social worker, she has directed several community clinics and many highly-effective community helping programs. These programs have focused on at-risk youth and have included suicide prevention, apprehension prevention, parenting skills, lifeskills, adoption facilitation, and short- and long-term foster care. She has helped foster, raise, and mentor over 100 children.
She credits much of her effectiveness to the lessons she has learned from over 20 Indigenous Elders. She studied for 10 years under the Odawa Medewin Elder Eddie King. Shore’s husband and partner, Richard Szponarski, was a student of Eddie King for over 30 years. She holds a degree in Indigenous Social Work through First Nations Technical Institute under the direction of Banakonda Kennedy-Kish (Bell), an Anishinaabe (Ojibway) Elder; Katsitsiase, also known as Betty Maracle, a Bear Clan Grandmother of the Mohawk Nation, Elder and Wisdom Keeper, and Ben Carniol, who was a Holocaust Survivor, social activist, and author. Shore also studied language and traditional stories with Basil Johnson, an Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) Elder.
DonationsIn keeping the cost of this event as low as possible, we welcome and deeply appreciate any financial support to cover event expenses. A portion of your donation will be forwarded to our special guest, Shore Charnoe.
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