A Reflection on our Stories and Colonization

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Date(s) - 02/11/2022
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Facilitator: Daniela Guerrero-Rodriguez

  3 Wed. evenings: Nov 2,9,16  6.30-8.30pm, virtual on zoom

Over the 3 workshops we will be looking at the legacy of colonization through the lens of textiles. We will explore how capitalism and white supremacy contribute to the inequalities in our world today and how our stories are intertwined with them. We will also look at how textiles can teach us about mending relationships. Processing this information will be supported by somatic exercises, small group discussions, and large group debriefs. In the first session we will look at colonization, and how it has shaped our worldview, in the second session we will explore our identities and stories, and in the third session we will explore power and privilege. After this series you will have a more intersectional perspective on change work and how you can create change in the spaces you are in.

PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY The physical, mental, emotional and spiritual expressions of yourself as they arise that day are welcome. Please do what you need to do to take care of yourself. You can expect me to hold space for the discussions that arise and how they are expressed and I expect you to be open to hold that space for others. This would include making space for the possibility that there are visible and invisible physical disabilities in the group,  folks who are neurodivergent, folks who are working on their mental health, and remembering that although we might share similar experiences with others, our intersectional identities give us a unique perspective on that experience. I cannot create a safe space, although I will provide you tools and knowledge that might assist you in showing up more bravely.

PARTICIPATION You can decide to participate, partially (ie as a witness), fully or not at all in the somatic exercises, creativity exercises and group discussion. By consenting to participate in this workshop, you consent to participating in the small groups. Although you have full agency to step away from the small group if you need to in order to take care of yourself. 

Facilitator: Daniela Guerrero-Rodriguez (she/they) is a queer Latinx POC femme of mixed European, African and Central American Indigenous ancestry, and currently a settler on the stolen lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. She has 20 years of experience with cultural safety and cultural competency in front line mental health, locally and abroad. They have a BA in Intercultural Studies and MEd in Arts for Social Change. Her interests lie in building resilient communities through art by empowering individuals to explore their decolonization journey’s through somatic and creative practices.

This program is offered as a part of the Braiding Past Threads to Present Place research project, and is financially made possible at free and reduced rates through  support from BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver: Arts and Culture Dept. and Vancouver Park Board: Decolonization, Arts and Culture.


Bookings are closed for this event.