Art of Hosting
Through the Paul Martin Smart & Caring Fund, the Foundation was able to support a local youth delegate to a attend a reconciliation leadership conference in April.
Hosted by The Circle, the Art of Hosting training aims to build capacity in philanthropic organizations and Indigenous communities to undertake deeper engagement around change.
Groups, organizations and communities using the Art of Hosting practices report better decision-making, more innovation, greater ability to quickly respond to opportunity, challenge and change and improved relationship quality.
Chanice, our delegate, sent along these thoughts following the conference.
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Aanii/hello, my name is Chanice Johnston. I am from Chippewas of Nawash First Nation, Neyaashiinigmiing. My journey began on the last snow storm of the winter as I hopped on a plane from Toronto to Nanaimo then to Tofino, British Colombia where I would attend a conference on the Art of Hosting: Active Reconciliation, hosted by The Circle. Here I met a room full of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples from across Canada. We went through modules of hosting that allowed us to really have deep meaningful conversations around heavy topics. In Tofino, I not only learned that the ocean is really salty but that like-minded people who want change do exist and that small steps towards change are still steps.