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Indigenous Knowledge Conference, November 13-14, 2018.

beSuperior Consulting operates out of Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada.

Being located in the north end of Ontario, means that offering an Indigenous Knowledge Conference here provides a unique opportunity for Education Directors, Health Directors, Entrepreneurs, Educators, Leadership and Chiefs and Delegates, Frontline Workers in all sectors, Elders, and youth and Professional Staff to come together for two days, to have a unique opportunity to experience What Indigenous Knowledge is. While  a conference setting is perhaps limiting as it is not on the Land, beSuperior wants to bring people together still, to think, remember, experience and show support for Indigenous Knowledge and the ones who truly ignite and work in this field often with little or no support.

The purpose of coming together is to build a place where connections can happen. What happens in events such as this is good for the spirit and good energy, it is also a place of transformation, change and new experiences.

Over the past two conferences as it was decided these would be offered twice a year, opportunities to bring together people where old and new ideas have shifted.

I envision a time where this knowledge is offered to all learners where all learners including my children and your children will know that we are holding space for them. Where it is okay and honoured to share without judgement with the intent of claiming, doing, believing and being ok with knowing this is a very old and sacred space.

As visionaries and writers we have been holding space for a long time. Having opportunities to share our insight deeply and carefully shows our tenacious love. Love is what keeps us doing what we do each day, from the early morning to the evening, and everything in between.

Details still coming.

Tickets are up on Eventbrite: Tickets

Speakers and facilitators please reach out to besuperiorlearning@gmail.com by September 14, 2018.

beSuperior offers their first Online Course

This four week online course will take place on a Facebook Group called Courageously Resilient which is about understanding resiliency, and why it is important.

Being resilient and learning about vulnerability as a source of strength as it comes from your most authentic self.

What and how to become aligned & stay aligned, Self Care & Land Connection.

This is beneficial for entrepreneurs, leaders, and learners of all kinds.

This mastermind will include pdf worksheets for participants, reflective journalling prompts and a place to a zoom session for one hour for each Module. One on one through facebook messanger for the duration of this program upon scheduled request.

We will also meet up on scheduled dates on Zoom.

This online course is developed to reach an online audience to reach as many people as possible in a safe repective manner.

Here is the link: Courageously, Resilient

#Approvals #Gifts #Worth #SelfWorth

Being  courageous is hard enough in a world that sets judgement calls on how you look, what you wear, who your are and possibly sends messages about your value. Remembering that your self worth is your everything.

Remembering our role as teachers and leaders that everyone has a space and needs to be respected for their individuality.

Your Are Sacred ‘Last Jedi’ actress Kelly Marie Tran breaks silence about online harassment

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Theatre Thoughts

EM“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”
William Shakespeare, As You Like

Years ago i read about popular theatre as developed by Augusto Boal, Brazilian dramatist. I learned about Boal, and I learned about other’s as well but he stood out.

The concept is theatre is used to show, a story- the main oppressive story, usually in random locations, where others would not even suspect it was theatre. Then truths are unveiled in the the theatrical performance. So where ever you are you could use that theatre to share a message based on mirroring that issue as well as solution, esp in the case of liberation, and to express that story, by using the platform of theatre.
The point to develop dialogue b.w the audience and performer, which I think could be useful in so many ways, Problem solving, highlight feelings where difficult topics exist, building trust, building relationships, sharing stories, etc.
Why this came to mind? Maybe more opportunity to do random theatre of the oppressed in my work? Maybe, this live action would also help those experiencing stories that are need light and life, a place. This could apply to numerous situations and themes. Theatre can be brought in to expose stories, in any context really. Maybe we should all be doing more theatre? Maybe it could teach us something.
One of my fav. classes which I think of often is a theatre class i took in university. In fact, I took two one year, one mainstream and one Indigenous that were both in theatre. Both professors amazing.  The mainstream professor Steve, was this very relaxed professor., I feel he used to come in from the University of Toronto to Peterborough. The Indigenous theatre class was led by Edna Manitowabi, a professor I admired so much in university who had so much to share and add to my life. I remember her expressions in theatre, her singing and her gifts that she share with me, and that recently she was also featured in Indian Horse. She looks so amazing in her role in the movie, I have to still see it.
I also took theatre in high school and was never a super brave actress, in fact, often did sideline stuff. I never was featured in the main stories. Did I ever want to? Maybe if there was content that I related to. In high school I was more of the student who was trying to figure out things especially in relation to social injustice? I’d be worried about climate change, war, environmental themes, other major themes. I realized I was pretty empathic to concerns at a young age, in fact, I felt things deep. It was art that gave me that space to express those feelings: I would find myself in literature as well. Characters. Stories. The main point is theatre was a good energy in my life.
When I took theatre training in university, Steve would get us all  moving immediately. Our class was set in this very amazing theatre space in downtown Peterborough, not your usual sitting lecture style. (Can I tell you how bored I was in sit down lecture style classes of 200 students, can I say nap History 101) When in Steve’s class, he’d come in  he’d be doing various interesting activities. We’d be encouraged to be barefoot, feel the stage, move around to various tempos, as part of the warming up activities. The two hours we spend together weekly was always intriguing, and upbeat. It was engaging and interesting in a deeper way of thinking, I had not experienced in any of my learning. We’d take our theatre with us whoever we went. We’d find spaces to do our theatre in the city, which was not that big, but exciting nontheless. Theatre was like a saving grace to act out and experience life differently.  For Edna’s class, we were in a room on the main campus. It was a different experience, and also a place where I felt transformation and good vibes. We’d experience many stories together. I was truly honoured to have those experiences.
Steve and Edna were such intriguing professors, much like healers.  I had a friend who I took this with and it was really important as we took the class very seriously. We used drama in a different way maybe to act out and express the harder topics we contended with around racism, as well.  Theatre helped me like no other b/c I was assaulted in my second year of university and being a survivor of that, was a super hard and impactful so the theatre helped to gain confidence again, and find that creative vibe, feeling supported, good vibe, healing type learning program etc. Theatre most definitely was my healer and something I think is and should be a part of my daily life.
Theatre is interesting for healing purposes because it takes your creative story, and moves it into something alive, three dimensional. I think healing is something that transcends onto all corner of our lives. We can feel stuck at times but we have to remember things that worked for us. Sometimes too we get stuck, we get pigeon holed, we get placed, in the narrative of the other. Removing yourself from that place is important.
I am glad I had the theatre thought this morning. Its made me remember how much theatre has been an old friend.
Incorporating theatre into my work, would be an ideal concept. often wonder how I could use theatre in my current practice? Is there a way? How could I. How could popular theatre help to discuss bigger narratives that we see and deal with? How much of me, would benefit from theatre again? Is theatre a shift I need in my life as much as something I can use to help support others. Maybe time for me to explore theatre again.  here are some theatre links and I will also upload them to the resources on this page. Theatre though, so much about the audiences and population you work with as to how effective theatre can be. Theatre for me was a place that helped me facilitate deep discussion on topics, or helped me to learn more deeply.  I’d hope to one day be able to do that work in a cool studio or lecture hall.  Learning is never about just sitting there.
“The stage is a magic circle where only the most real things happen, a neutral territory outside the jurisdiction of Fate where stars may be crossed with impunity. A truer and more real place does not exist in all the universe.”
P.S. Baber, Cassie Draws the Universe
“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”
Oscar Wilde

Entrepreneurship & Tribes

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You want to make a difference. You are not sure how. One way is through developing your own business because here is where you can develop your tribe and elevate your vibe.

There are many examples of entrepreneurs who did one thing and one thing only: they followed their heart.

Depending on your circumstances, or story, entrepreneurship may be the exact thing you need. When I ventured down the journey myself, I felt consultant was the correct name for my line of work given the length of years I spent in education it seemed right. After all some of my competitors may have a higher education but 0 time spent in a job. That is 100% true. Some people with a PhD which I think could be one of my main competitors, have went from high school, to university to the Masters and straight up to the PhD. Some within the same institution! Some with some job experience. Chosing what works for you, because maybe you have lived experiences, and if you were to do an inventory of all that you have to offer, is those direct experiences, which means that is your unique skill set, which technically you can also become a consultant or specialist in.  Here is an example of a young entrepreneur who did not want to see her own grandmother without services and seen a gap, so built a business on it. Cleary her tribe is around providing that care for her grandmother and other Elders in the same situation. Her tribe, a helping one.  We all have that fire within us.

This family owned business states:

An exceptional team, including sister Avery, who heads operations, is vital too. “We hire for heart and soul,” says Hamilton, explaining that before each hire she asks, Would I want this person caring for my loved one? “You have to truly care. It’s not a job, it’s a calling. If you focus on that, clients feel it.”

That family members bring personal knowledge, experience and passion is also meaningful. “If I just wanted to make money, I could have chosen a hundred other industries,” says Hamilton, whose seen many jump into the field only to leave soon thereafter, unable to deal with the challenges. “You need to be in this because you’re passionate about exceptional care and about people being treated with the dignity and respect they deserve,” she adds. “It isn’t an easy industry, but it’s very fulfilling – if you’re in it for the right reasons.

Caring for Elders

Call out for Sponsors

Hosting a conference from the beginning to the end is work in itself.

Ideally it would be amazing to have seats provided for Elders who would like to participate from a program in the city, or a youth group.  Everyone can benefit from engaging in a conference for learning purposes and to connect.

Please consider this call out for support and if your organization would like to participate or can support please be in touch besuperiorlearning@gmail.com

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