Creative Decolonizing Strategies

Drawing Wisdom is a Hello Cool World collaborative project. We make films, launch campaigns, hold workshops, and create teaching resources. All designed to celebrate Indigenous resilience.
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Check out the short video we made for Xlerate Day 2017! 

Watch this space for updates from feedback we got after the conference. And if you have feedback for us, fill out our form! 

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Join Drawing Wisdom co-founders Jada-Gabrielle Pape, Saanich & Snuneymuxw Nations and Kat Dodds, Irish/Scottish Settler descent as they join the Xlerate conference September 28th, with their media team. Jada and Kat will introduce the idea of #DecolonizeYourDay through a decolonizing lens briefly in the morning plenary and facilitate an interactive closing plenary session on Reconciliation and decolonization. Give them a comment about Xlerate Day and it might end up in the short film they make! 

A decolonizing lens means asking yourself again and again: How is colonization still happening? And what can I do to resist this?" ~ Jada-Gabrielle Pape

You can also post your own photo or video to social media with the hashtags #DecolonizeYourDay and #XlerateDay. Are you and your organization already taking steps to honour the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action? Tell us about it! If social media isn’t your thing -- and/or you want to ask a question anonymously at Xlerate Day -- you can use the provided Post-It notes and just quietly add yours, or you can add it to the question box nearby.

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Together with the many non-profits attending this conference, we'll explore the work we are doing to build Indigenous and Ally reciprocity... (more)

Drawing Wisdom Presents: Na’tsa’mat, a healing journey – a short film created by Hello Cool World in collaboration with VACPC.

September 12, 2017, For Immediate release: Family members and loved ones of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) have long called for a National Inquiry. The newly elected Federal Government was quick to make the announcement that the Inquiry would start in September 2016. Now close to a year in, with the resignations of commissioners and staff, many family members are calling for changes to the process.

Na’tsa’mat, a healing Journey is a short 6 minute film created by Drawing Wisdom and Hello Cool World in collaboration with the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre (VACPC). Says VACPC Coordinator Norm Leech: "Now that the Inquiry has begun hearings, it's critical that the public understands how important the process is for the families and friends. With this film we want people to know that healing is the real goal, and it's entirely possible. But we need support, knowledge and resources to do it ourselves.”

The Inquiry must accept that it will produce a report with recommendations but it will not heal families or communities. Like it or not, that work will continue to fall to the families themselves and the frontline agencies that have been supporting them from the start. The... (more)