September 9th ENSEMBLE Activities
Saturday, September 9th, 2017
3:00 – 9:00
Galeries du Parc – 3590 Jeanne Mance
between Milton and Prince Arthur
Enter Les Galeries du Parc mall and the centre is to your left.
Please Note: If you are interested in participating in activities at Solidarité Milton-Parc’s renamed ENSEMBLE Space, we ask that you read and reflect on the values-based approach to the space and why it’s been 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. We ask that people join us in the spirit of critical open-mindedness and open-heartedness. Please click here to read our approach.
For information on why we changed the name from the Decolonization Space to ENSEMBLE, please click here.
If you would like to volunteer to support these activities or the ENSEMBLE space, please connect with Su at [email protected]
Saturday, September 9th Activities
Many discussions have gone on with collaborators of Solidarité Milton-Parc in the wake of white people in the u.s. becoming aware that white supremacy is a very real thing, and has always been a very real threat to people who do not have white privilege. This month’s ENSEMBLE space is dedicated to approaching white supremacy as a system that we are all engaged in, either as targets of oppression, or people who are complicit in or benefit from ongoing racism, misogyny and other discriminations that white supremacy perpetuates to keep us divided. We ask that people bring their experiences and contributions to the discussions practicing the ENSEMBLE guidelines of humility, honouring, honesty and healing. We also ask that people speak from *their own experience*, and listen to others do the same.
3:00-5:15 How Racist Are You? Film Screening and Open Dialogue
Screening of the film in english, bilingual Open Dialogue
Open mixed group
“If you graduated from high school and you aren’t a racist, you should have got an F in social studies. We are conditioned to the myth of white superiority from the moment, in fact, before birth, we are conditioned to the myth of white superiority.” ~ Jane Elliott
Join us for a documentary screening of “How Racist Are You?”, a popular education exercise done by Jane Elliott, who has been doing anti-racist work in the u.s. and around the world for close to 5 decades using this Brown Eyes, Blue Eyes approach.
We’ll begin with a short discussion on why it is so difficult to talk about race, followed by the screening of the film and Open Dialogue. We encourage you to join us with your teenagers for this critically important reflection on how we become racist, and learn to discriminate against others.
If you are unable to join us, but curious to learn more, we encourage you to watch this with your friends or family and reflect on what comes up for you. You can view the documentary here.
5:15 – 7:00 Potluck Share
Bilingual – multi-lingual
Come for the film and stay for the company, or come join us for some informal time together and conversation over a meal. 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! If you are unable to bring something, please join us anyway. We are blessed with the use of a big comfy space, and people can eat and share as desired.
We invite all those who have done a KAIROS Blanket Exercise to come share a meal, and continue to process the experience. We are slowly and carefully creating space to explore what we can do beyond the Blanket Exercise to work in solidarity with First Nations, Inuit and Metis Peoples on Turtle Island.
6:00 – 8:00 ENSEMBLE’s Connecting Stories: White Supremacy
Bilingual – Open mixed group
White supremacists in the united states and canada are becoming more and more emboldened and asserting their force. Recognizing our own implication in this, as humans who are part of these geographies and systems, we turn towards each other. Believing it is imperative to local social equity and justice work, we practice making space at this event to personally reflect on how the world view of white supremacy shapes our own experiences. These experiences are part of the ongoing systems of colonization and capitalism.
Specifically in relation to white supremacy, we ask: Where are we connected in our lived experiences? What don’t we understand?
For our first in the ENSEMBLE Connecting Stories series, 4 people from different backgrounds will join us to present their perspectives and stories on their experience of white supremacy. After the presentations, we will have an animated dialogue using the values-based approach of ENSEMBLE, which we would like you to read about here. We ask that people that join us for this event resonate with these values, and are willing to come into the space prepared to practice this approach with each other.
8:30 Space Closing and Collective Clean up
Connect with Su at [email protected] for more information.
Milton-Parc is located on Haudenosaunee traditional territory.