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Stepping into the Circle

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Welcome! This 8-module, video based resource is designed for people of all cultures delivering or receiving social services in Alberta. These resources are meant to serve as a first step in client, staff, volunteer and organizational development on Indigenous history, culture and knowledge. It is intended to enhance the learning and growth of the shelters and service organizations as well as the communities they serve. We are inviting all members and friends of ACWS to embark on this learning journey together with colleagues, community partners and the women, children and seniors that we serve so we can continue to build meaningful relationships, not only with those around us, but more importantly with ourselves so that we can be better helpers. .

Designed for both individual learning and use with Sharing Circles of staff or women. Download a module, read the introductory material, watch the webinar and complete the self reflections or group discussion questions.

The ACWS In Conversation with Lewis Cardinal webinar series and the companion workbook, Stepping into the Circle, are two of the ways the Alberta Council or Women’s Shelters is working to fulfill our Statement of Principles, Values and Commitments to Actions for Indigenous Women, Girls and their Families. The Statement was created in response the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Final Report and the 94 Calls to Action, and serves as the foundation of relationship between the ACWS, First Nations Women’s Shelters, and for the Indigenous women, girls, and their families, that are served by all women’s shelters in this province.