A. See our draft manual and curriculum for inclusive governance, by Leora Berman with Tracey Taylor for Curve Lake First Naton regarding Aanishinaabeg Teachings, and curriculum modules with Aaron Rosen.
Please note, that the Teachings on governance contained within this manual reflect an evolving understanding gained from First Nations as they begin to reclaim, repair and recover their practices, that were abolished and dismantled through aggressive colonization. Therefore, these understandings and teachings will be updated with direction from Elders during this renewal process and where teachings are acceptable and permitted for public consumption. Also, note that we do not condone or promote appropriation of cultural practices in these curriculum, but rather use these rich resources as a guide to inform and inspire inclusivity in modern organizations.
- – DRAFT- INCLUSIVE GOVERNANCE TOOL-KIT CURRICULUM A MANUAL FOR GRASSROOTS EFFORTS AND INCLUSIVE LEADERSHIP – Draft to be reviewed and ratified by Curve Lake First Nation. This is a living document, and will evolve over time.
B. Gathered wisdom from the Elders – Traditional Ways Inclusive Leadership Toolkit, by Lauren Roberts for The Land Between Knowledge Circles Projects:
C. Baseline and sample policies and procedures- Inclusive Leadership Toolkit, by Clay Duncalfe:
D. The Land Knowledge Circle Handouts:
- These also contain valuable information and orientation to inclusive circles and efforts: Handouts0
E. Cool samples of inclusive leadership driven policies:
- Ontario Cooperative Bylaws June 15, 2007
- Carolinian Canada Bylaws 0806 updated
- Ontario Env. Network bylaws
- Rideua Env Action League bylaws_nov06_word
- The Land Between By-Law 2-11
Policies and Principles:
E. Supporting teachings on inclusivity:
- For inclusion to be genuine, trustworthy, and meaningful at all scales – whether in a workplace, a sector, in collaboration or in communities, the foundation rests on empathy and inquiry: A genuine interest and understanding in one another- and then in ensuring that the diversity of our communities is represented.
There are many ways to inspire empathy. Stay tuned for our curriculum to support empathy development in your group.
- Genuine inquiry, requires a non-judgmental attitude and approach. In today’s North American society, these are not often encouraged, but rather debate, debasing, and aggression are key elements of our media. Inquiry, on the other hand requires patience and openness.
- Democracy requires equal voice and representation. Therefore it requires the inclusion of all parts of a community or society in order to be effective. But beyond singular opportunities for expression, active democracy requires engagement. The Talking Circle has been used by every original culture to manage and steward communities and resources. Talking circles effectively demand in and result in empathy as well.
- Here is our “How to do a Talking Circle“