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~ Lilla Watson

 

ABANDONING THE CHARITY MODEL OF ‘HELP’ FOR A PRACTICE OF SOLIDARITY, RECIPROCITY AND COMMUNITY

Solidarité Milton-Parc is a values and relation based, caring community grassroots initiative, started in November 2015 with four current focuses:

  1. To connect and share directly with marginalized, racialized and homeless members of the Milton-Parc community. We identify, organize, and meet short-term small scale needs, through sharing love and resources; and slowly and carefully building authentic trust-based relationships. We are non-coercive and non-interventionist in our approach.
  2. To coordinate, promote, facilitate and hold space for gatherings in which people come together to listen, learn and dialogue around root causes of marginalization, poverty, homelessness and genocide; in classes, presentations and popular education workshops. We labour to build trusting relationships and create safe spaces for made-vulnerable people to speak for themselves.
  3. To raise awareness and begin dialogue among interested people regarding First Nations, Inuit and Metis histories that we have not been taught. We actively support First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples by supporting a return of stolen land, amplifying People’s voices, contributing to calls for funding, purchasing Native-made products, creating spaces for values-based communication, facilitating the KAIROS Blanket Exercise in schools, churches, and community organizations, and stepping back. This involves an active practice in questioning all personal thoughts and beliefs arising from the colonially conditioned mind, particularly where gender and race are concerned.
  4. To lay the foundation for inter-community engagement initiatives between people in Milton-Parc, and the Homeless Community here who are also members of Milton-Parc. In doing this, we take a critical look at the charity model, and advocate for a collective practice of solidarity and reciprocity in all human relations within these initiatives.

We use an anti-colonial, anti-capitalist framework when approaching marginalization of all kinds, which simply means the authentic and trust-based building of individual and collective relations; which contribute to building the overall broader quality of community in Milton-Parc.

 

Milton-Parc is located on Haudenosaunee traditional territory.

 

The Solidarité Milton-Parc website backdrop is a photo of a mural done for the 2015 Festival d’Art Public by Curiot (Favio Martinez)

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Abandonner le modèle caritatif de l’“aide” au profit d’une pratique de la solidarité,
de la réciprocité et du lien communautaire

Solidarité Milton-Parc est une initiative populaire, communautaire et empathique lancée en novembre 2015. Fondée sur les valeurs et sur les relations humaines, elle se répartit en quatre axes:

1. Partager et établir des connexions avec les membres marginalisé-e-s, racisé-e-s et sans abri de la communauté Milton-Parc. Nous cherchons à identifier, à organiser et à répondre aux besoins à la fois immédiats et de petite envergure. Nous le faisons en partageant l’amour et les ressources, de même qu’en bâtissant, avec précaution et lenteur, des relations authentiques, fondées sur la confiance mutuelle. Notre approche et non-coercitive et non-interventionniste.

2. Coordonner, promouvoir, faciliter et réserver des espaces pour des rencontres dans lesquelles les gens se réunissent pour écouter, apprendre et dialoguer à propos des racines de la marginalisation, de la pauvreté, de l’itinérance et du génocide. Ces rencontres peuvent prendre la forme de cours, de présentations ou d’ateliers d’éducation populaire. Nous oeuvrons dans le but de bâtir des rapports de confiance et de créer des espaces sécuritaires destinés à honorer les personnes rendues vulnérables et à les laisser s’exprimer en leur propre nom.

3. Accroître la sensibilisation et initier un dialogue entre les personnes qui s’intéressent aux histoires des Premières Nations, des Inuits et des Métis qui ne nous ont pas été enseignées. Nous soutenons activement les peuples des Premières Nations, Inuits et Métis en plaidant pour la restitution des terres volées, en magnifiant la voix des Peuples Autochtones, en contribuant aux levées de fonds, en achetant des produits faits par des Autochtones, en créant des espaces destinés à une communication fondée sur les valeurs, en facilitant l’exercice des couvertures Kairos dans les écoles, dans les églises et dans les organismes communautaires tout en se tenant volontairement en retrait. Cela implique de remettre activement en cause ses propres croyances et modes de pensée qui découlent du modelage colonia des esprits, notamment lorsque les questions du genre et de la race sont en jeu.

4. Poser les fondements d’initiatives d’engagement inter-communautaire entre les personnes membres de la communauté Milton-Parc et les personnes qui sont sans abri et qui sont également des membres de la communauté Milton-Parc. En procédant ainsi, nous formulons une critique du paradigme de la charité tout en plaidant pour une pratique collective de solidarité et de réciprocité dans toutes les relations humaines qu’entraînent ces initiatives.

Nous usons d’une structure de travail anticoloniale et anticapitaliste lorsqu’il s’agit d’aborder les processus de marginalisation de toutes sortes, ce qui revient simplement à dire que nous nous bâtissons des relations individuelles et communautaires basées sur l’authenticité et sur la confiance. Ces relations contribuent à améliorer la qualité de l’esprit de communauté dans le quartier Milton-Parc.

 

Milton-Parc est situeé sur le territoire traditionnel Haudenosaunee.

 

Le fond d’ecran du site web de Solidarité Milton-Parc est une photo d’une murale faite pour le festival d’art public Mural 2015 par Curiot (Favio Martinez)

 

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