Session Date: February 2, 2016
Join us in a conversation with Anna Soole, Métis Facilitator, Coach, and Consultant, in Part 1 of our Transforming Conflict Series: Compassionate Assertiveness. This training will provide a skills-based approach to assertiveness and non-violent communication using a social justice lens. Participants will walk away with powerful needs-based, self-expression tools.
Liberation and Social Justice begin at home. Have you ever been in a conflict or argument and later that day thought to yourself “Arrrrgh! I should have said this, and this, and THIS!!” When we are facing threatening situations, or challenges that we perceive to be threatening, our instinct and our socialization often has us practicing “fight, flight, or freeze” responses. Instead of getting our needs met, these reactions tend to escalate the situation. If we can’t unravel conflict within our communities and interpersonal relationships, we won’t be able to work together to bring liberation to our larger movements for justice and healing.
Topics that will be explored in this session:
- Assertiveness and Empowerment
- Harassment and Violence
- Healthy Communication Skills
- Deconstructing Systemic Abuses of Power
About the Presenter:
Anna Soole, is Métis – of the Cree, Ojibwe and Lakota First Nations, and French, Celtic, Gaelic, Welsh, and German heritage. She currently resides on the unceded and occupied traditional homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
As an agent for transformative justice and liberation, and senior trainer, speaker, and educator for nearly two decades, she has practiced as a Social Justice Facilitator, Assertiveness Coach, and Forum Theatre Practitioner at provincial, national, and international levels. She has worked with tens of thousands of children, youth, adults, teachers, social workers, and service providers along their personal educational, and professional journeys.
Her practice is founded in experiential education and arts-based social and ecological justice with focus on gender, sexuality, gender based violence prevention and justice, fat politics, transformative communication, assertiveness, intersectional anti-oppression, and Indigenous feminism. Her work is firmly rooted in decolonization, agency, interdependency, and transformation. As the movement for liberation deepens and grows, she remains dedicated to community healing, compassion, courage, integrity love and dignity for all of life everywhere.
Download a pdf version of Anna Soole’s Presentation Here: Compassionate Assertiveness