UBCLC presents IndigenEYEZ is a First Nations-led initiative that aims to build the capacity of First Nations in BC to empower youth and build cultural connections. Creative expression grounded in culture is key to unlocking our transformative capacity, supporting our healing journey, revitalizing our cultures, and returning to our traditional strengths. Kim Haxton and 6 youth will be sharing in the circle to show exactly how IndigenEYEZ works. The program supports youth to see through “Indigenous eyes”, providing a powerful alternative to the lens of mainstream culture. This videoconference/webinar session will give some creative activities combined with cross cultural systems for teaching. Universally it is said there are five ways to heal, music, dancing, storytelling, prayer/meditation, and connection to the natural world.
IndigenEYEZ has emerged from a collaborative relationship with Partners for Youth Empowerment (PYE). For almost two decades the Creative Community Model has been successfully implemented through PYE partner organization, Power of Hope Canada, Power of Hope USA, and in six other countries around the world. This arts-based social practice helps youth develop key life skills such as empathy and creativity that enable them to respond to our rapidly changing world. PYE trains facilitators who work with young people, helping them to create safe and nurturing environments in which young people feel able to share their creativity without fear of judgment. IndigenEYEZ provides training and capacity building support to youth practitioners across the province. We work in partnership with First Nations communities, youth serving organizations, and schools in order to facilitate deep-level youth engagement through a proven arts-based methodology called the Creative Community Model (CCM). External evaluation shows that young people who participate in programs based on CCM are more self-confident, more motivated to learn, and more likely to take on leadership roles within their schools and communities.
Our Work Is About Achieving The Following Outcomes:
➤ Improve the capacity of communities, youth serving organizations, and schools to effectively engage young people to develop vital skills for success through two training programs called Creative Facilitation 1 and Creative Facilitation 2.
➤ Increase access to transformative learning experiences for youth and help support their successful transition into adulthood through camps and workshops.
➤ Direct the design of new programs or implement special assistance to existing workshops, programs, and camps for youth.
About the Presenter:
Kim Haxton (Faculty, Embodied Awareness Facilitator; Trainer, Educator and IndigenEYEz facilitator)
Kim Haxton is a Potowatomi, whose family is from Wasauksing First Nations. A skilled facilitator of indigenous spiritual healing practices and ceremony, Kim began her work as a First Nation’s Facilitator working for 17 years with Native youth impacted by colonization, including substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, family violence and family disruption, as part of Rediscovery Culture Camps. Kim’s community healing work emphasizes leadership development, embodied awareness and ‘betrayal-to-trust’ rites of passage, conflict resolution, de-escalation, de-colonization, diversity and anti-oppression training
Resources and Links:
Overview of IndigenEyez Workshop on UBCLC