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March 11th Decolonization Space Activities

(This photo was taken in mid-2015 on the corner of Milton and de Bleury. People in the Inuit community told us that they would construct these Inuksuit and daily people would knock them down, and the community would then rebuild them once again. This photo is posted here with the gracious permission of those who built it.)


Solidarité Milton-Parc’s
Decolonization Space

Galeries du Parc – 3590 Jeanne Mance
between Milton and Prince Arthur
Place-des-Arts Metro

Enter Les Galeries du Parc mall and the centre is to your left.

Saturday, March 11th, 2017
3:00 – 9:00

Please Note:  If you are interested in participating in activities at Solidarité Milton-Parc’s new Decolonization Space, we ask that you read and reflect on the values-based approach to the space and why it is being created. We request that people begin to be mindful of their thoughts and actions towards others, as a collective experiment of how to have difficult and often painful dialogue about colonialism and ongoing oppression.  Please click here to read our approach.


March 11th Activities

3:00 Set-up of Space
Opening Space: Land Acknowledgment & Meditation
Animated by Su
3:30 Improv
Animated by Mariam

We want to create a safe space, nothing like play and fun to make it safe. Improv teaches us how to appreciate what people have to bring to the table, appreciate what others say and do, how to pay attention to the subtle details, how to build and co-create, how not to assume and go deeper, how to laugh at your own mistakes, how to use those mistakes to learn and build.

We will open with improv to get to know each other a little more in a fun and creative way (45 mins or so depending on how many we are and on how it develops).

4:15 Decolonizing Creation: Quilting Project
Animated by Rose Marie

Come help us start a Decolonization quilt for the Blanket Exercise, or a Decolonization wall hanging for our new Decolonization Space. This is a chance for everyone to spend time together, using their hands and helping make a piece of collective art. All materials will be provided and everyone is welcome. No previous experience required. This is an ongoing activity of the Decolonization Space.

5:15 Mealsharing Potluck

Bring your leftovers, make something for the Mealshare or bring snacks to share throughout the time we spend together. Or just come and share yourself!

5:30 Whiteness 101 Series: What is “White Culture”?
Animated by Vivienne

The first session of this series centres ‘whiteness’ in order to deconstruct and examine it and the role that it plays in all of our lives, whether we like it or not. Please read one of both of the articles linked here for a more complete experience of the dialogue.

“James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whiteness”

 “The Path to Cultural Awareness for Whites”

6:45 Film Screening and Open Dialogue: “13th” by Ava DuVernay
Animated by Su

The title of Ava DuVernay’s extraordinary and galvanizing documentary “13TH” refers to the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which reads “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” The progression from that second qualifying clause to the horrors of mass criminalization and the sprawling American prison industry is laid out by DuVernay with bracing lucidity. With a potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from a dazzling array of activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men, DuVernay creates a work of grand historical synthesis. (Now Streaming on Netflix). (from youtube description)

8:45 Space Closing and Cleanup


Connect with Su at su@solidaritemiltonparc.ca for more information.

Milton-Parc is located on Haudenosaunee traditional territory.

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