Would you like to know how to work towards reconciliation in your day-to-day life?
Table Talks is a pilot program of the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen and IndigenEYEZ that is bringing non-Indigenous and Indigenous community members together in a safe space to have deep conversations about reconciliation.
Through conversation, we aim to help people respectfully build relationships and take action in their work and in their personal lives.
Table Talks is being developed locally, with the goal to eventually host conversations across the province. The original idea for the program was sparked by a conversation between Kim English of the Community Foundation and Kelly Terbasket, the syilx Okanagan director of IndigenEYEZ, an Okanagan-based initiative that delivers popular land-based, creative empowerment trainings for Indigenous peoples.
“Indigenous people have so much to offer,” says Kelly. “We are the roots of this country and need to be treated as such. In syilx culture, we have this powerful concept of pa’x which speaks to the way that coming together as people can spark understanding. Table Talks can be the spark that helps light the way forward.”
“We’re thrilled to be leading a project that can have such a positive impact locally and eventually reach a much wider audience,” adds Kim. “Working on this is so important, and really fits with our own organization’s commitment to gaining deeper learning of syilx Okanagan values and understanding the local impacts of colonization.”
Table Talks sessions are now underway. If you would like to know more about this initiative and join us for a future session, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and email address.
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