The Box and the Circle experiential exercise was created by Jann in 1988.
This one-day workshop presents the two worldviews: Indigenous and Euro-Canadian/mainstream. It informs the participants of the key components of each worldview.
The teachings and the model of the Box and the Circle have been used globally by
professionals seeking to create ways to address colonization and its continuing harmful
interaction with Indigenous Nations and cultures. Participants are invited to learn
cultural knowledge, the impacts of colonization on the daily lives of Indigenous peoples,
and ways to support critical work to advance anti oppressive, inclusive practice. The
workshop explores the effects of Residential Schools and Canada’s Policy of Assimilation
and how we can work together to impact meaningful change.
Roles, responsibilities, relationships, and gender of the Indigenous circle worldview will be
reviewed. Communication, protocols, and politics of the traditional circle will also be
presented. This experiential exercise will give participants information to use in their own
daily interactions and work.
FACILITATING THE EXERCISE
This one day workshop is for those who meet the protocols around
the exercise and who wish to strengthen their work with Indigenous
people. It is a spiritually centered day that includes the story of how
the exercise was created, tools for facilitating the exercise,
suggestions for creatively using it, and insightful information that
can be included when delivering it. The day closes in ceremony.
- personal knowledge of the two worldviews: Indigenous and Euro-Canadian/mainstream
- willing to practice Indigenous protocol in naming the teacher and preserving its spiritual centre
- to be shared orally and never written down
- strong facilitation skills which include providing group safety, being comfortable and attuned with emotional responses, and having a knowledge of self regulation tools
For more information visit: www.theboxandthecircle.ca