April 9, 2014 CIARS Speaker Series – Prof Catherine A. Odora Hoppers; May 10, 2014: “Decolonizing the Heart ” workshop with Diem Lafortune (Mama D)

CIAR announcement at BeHumanBeSocialBeJust

Decolonizing the Heart
“Working from the scar and not the wound”
– Dianah Smith
DATE:                 May 10, 2014
TIME:                   1 – 5 p.m. [doors open at 12:45]
LOCATION:         Beit Zatoun – 612 Markham – [1 east of Bathurst just south of Bloor]
Building a movement of allies and not just coming together over issues requires the personal work of decolonizing one’s own heart. Colonization writ large and small requires decolonization solutions large and small. We must start by decolonizing ourselves in order to build decolonized communities, and from there, begin to decolonize the state. Mama D works on the principle that emotion and spiritual well-being are interconnected but not interchangeable. 
Through the telling of stories with music, Mama D has been singing and teaching of the deep challenges and moments of truth that we have all experienced in our life journeys. This involves the hard work of healing and reconciling with our own histories and the histories of our ancestors. It is the decolonization of our own hearts from the grief and brokenness of our pasts that gives us the foundation to empathize with ourselves and be grateful for our gifts. From there we appreciate the gifts of others and build truly strong relations, free of envy and its companions – jealousy and competition. From this foundation of history and memory, we can create justice movements beyond our wounded imaginations.
Mama D leads this very organic participatory workshop by way of “genogramming” [not just knowing who your ancestors are but their experiences], whereby we can accept some of the challenges and moments of truth that we all experience in our colonized states. From there we can do the work of decolonizing our hearts.
Geno-grammer/Moderator: Mama D
Diem Lafortune (Mama D) – artist, activist, author, educator, healer, and ADR specialist, first wrote of decolonization and decolonizing the heart in 1989 while completing a graduate course in anthropology. Her focus as a scholar was, and continues to be, in psychoanalytic anthropology and the importance of healthy grief processes to our wholeness allowing us to see the holy in everyone. She is public intellectual in genocide studies, a retired constitutional appellate lawyer and a certified specialist in Alternative Dispute Resolution (recipient of the Roger Fisher Negotiation Award); and, an award winning singer-songwriter (http://horizondancer.com).
Bring a bag-lunch. Drinks provided.
Price: suggested donation
$25 or PWYC.
Called “heart berries” by Indigenous peoples – strawberries are heart medicine and a sign of new beginnings.

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