Audio player

Comments

sharing the responsiblity for decolonization with Tim Fox

The Small Nonprofit

Government & Organization

How do you go beyond the land acknowledgement?In recent years, we see more and more nonprofits including decolonization as their strategic priorities. But if we do a gut check, how’re we actually committing to decolonization everyday?On today’s podcast, Tim Fox, Vice President of Indigenous Relations and Racial Equity at Calgary Foundation, shares his lived experience of facilitating the Calgary Foundation to commit to transformative changes and learning. Tim urges us to challenge us to think beyond decolonization as a short term project that has easy fixes. He encourages us to reflect on how we might make ourselves open and vulnerable in sharing our responsibilities for decolonization and commit to life-long actions. Myths that Tim wants us to leave behindIf we do this and that, it will get us to decolonization. There is no quick fix. Systemic oppression has existed for hundreds of years, and decolonization is generational work. It’s not enough to just do land acknowledgements. It’s not enough to just include indigenous communities in your funding catchment areas. With actions like that come responsibility to intentionally learn and understand the Indigenous communities. Indigenous, black and people of colour have all the answers for decolonization. It is not the responsibility for BIPOC people to lead decolonization. BIPOC people are there to walk alongside with settlers to facilitate change. The responsibility for leading change rests with settlers. As well, the idea that some people are experts and have all the answers in and of itself is an assumption encoded with settlers’ logic. Tim’s tips on transformative unlearning and learningRecognize and try different processes of learning. Shifting away from the linear learning process of getting knowledge from experts or listening in workshops, Tim encourages us to be open to different methods and ways of learning, such as the circle learning process and art of hosting. Letting go of the idea of perfection. Don’t set a deadline for decolonization work, and walk away from the mindset that there is a perfect way to do this. Allow yourself and your organizations to make mistakes, acknowledge them, and keep push through. Be open and vulnerable. If you’re not an Indigenous person or a BIPOC person, put yourself in situations and settings where you’re the minority. Be vulnerable and don’t be afraid to be uncomfortable. Resources from this Episode The Good PartnershipCharityVillageThe Calgary FoundationIndigenous Ally ToolkitTim Fox


More episodes  


Listen to dismantling white supremacy in the nonprofit sector with Hawa Mire

dismantling white supremacy in the nonprofit sector with Hawa Mire

Nov 30, 2020
Listen to managing imposter syndrome with Mimosa Kabir

managing imposter syndrome with Mimosa Kabir

Sep 14, 2020
Listen to real-life succession planning with Mike Prosserman

real-life succession planning with Mike Prosserman

Sep 21, 2020
Listen to

"What I learned from my daughter's COVID wedding" with Nneka Allen

Sep 28, 2020
Listen to Overhauling your fundraising mindset with Yvonne Harding

Overhauling your fundraising mindset with Yvonne Harding

Oct 5, 2020
:: / ::
1.0x 1.5x 2.0x