Feedback After Circles
Participants are invited to provide detailed feedback after their Circle session. These valuable comments and insights help us to continue tweaking our Circles.
Non-Indigenous people sure like to tokenize us. A lot of them would talk about their one cousin or friend who was Indigenous instead of sharing their own truth. But they were gently asked to keep to their own experience and that helped.
I now have a visceral feeling of the importance of building relationships, and that reconciliation will take a long time - and it must be grounded on kind connections.
I always had the feeling that the Indigenous folks were expected to do all the work of reconciling. I know that some other people are doing the work, also. It's good to know.
It's more about listening and taking the lead from others instead of always having the answers, or being in control. Wanting to help is important, but listening to how others feel what can be done is maybe more important.
I am disappointed / angry/upset with how history went down. Especially the residential schools. I feel myself being called to action. I want to do more. Looking into my next steps as an individual.
I learned so much, that I had no idea about. It just wasn't taught to us in school. ...was a time for "unlearning and learning".
I was not worried about white fragility. I was free to speak what was in my heart.
Experiencing relationship with Indigenous people is much more powerful than reading that relationship could be a step towards reconciliation. I now have some real life connections ...
From the first circle, I learned the value of forming relationships with people whose perspectives are different.
Facilitators were knowledgeable, welcoming and committed to ensuring that everyone felt included and involved even when a participant elected to pass and not share because a topic was painful or traumatic.