RESPECT: kinSHIFT in the Classroom 2020 & 2021
This is a multi day Indigenous-led workshop series that supports school teachers and Aboriginal support workers wanting to foster cultural safety and reconciliation in the classroom. It is ideal for any educators, principals and support staff who work within secondary and post-secondary environments.
RESPECT will support you with implementing curriculum content and the First Peoples Principles of Learning, which can be challenging for teachers with limited experience with Indigenous peoples and histories. This experiential training gives participants the opportunity to practice tools that increase their comfort with teaching Indigenous students and topics, creating classrooms that are more inclusive and hold safe space for students to navigate challenging material and conversations.
kinSHIFT | Elements of Truth: Before Reconciliation 2021-2022
kinSHIFT | Next Steps ReconcilliACTION 2021-2022
kinSHIFT is an Indigenous-led initiative supporting settlers to gain the knowledge and skills to cultivate respectful relationships with Indigenous peoples and places.
Their experiential, arts-based workshops allow participants to learn, practice, ask questions, and make mistakes in a safe environment, all while building a foundation for engaging meaningfully with Indigenous peoples.
Virtual Event: Farm to Table Trade Meeting 2021
An online gathering of farmers, chefs, wholesalers and other food systems professionals, primarily from Whatcom, Skagit, San Juan and Island Counties. This annual event is part of Sustainable Connection’s Food & Farming Program, and was produced in collaboration with Seattle Good Business Network’s Good Food Initiative.
Virtual Event: Festival of What Works 2020 & 2021
The Festival of What Works brought together thousands residents across Salmon Nation for online discussions, workshops, film screenings and panels discussing “what works” in our bioregion—from Alaska to California, and everywhere between.Indigenous leaders, activists, scientists, authors and entrepreneurs shared practical, replicable ideas at the leading edge of education, economic development, social activism, health, healing, food production, media making, the arts and environmentalism.
Conference: San Juan Islands Agricultural Summit 2018, 2019, and 2020
A sweet gathering of farmers, chefs, local food producers and enthusiasts just before lockdown in 2020. This two-day conference on Orcas Island featured two days of hands-on workshops, classroom presentations, community food gatherings and a trade show. This event was produced in collaboration with WSU: San Juan County Extension and seven other community partners. 2020 saw our highest community participation to date, with an average participant rating of 4.5/5.
Highlights from 2019 included climate scientist Dr. Heidi Roop as our keynote speaker, and a tour of several local food producers and a community Hoedown at the historic Brickworks building in Friday Harbor.
Tasting Event: Bite of the San Juans 2019 & Taste of the San Juans 2018
A mouthwatering event celebrating the islands’ unique cuisine at the historic Brickworks on San Juan Island. Featuring 16+ food vendors and 300+ attendees The Bite of the San Juans event was produced in collaboration with Stephanie Coffey of The San Juan Islands Agricultural Guild, and sought to build awareness about their Island Grown in the San Juans brand—a program that brings together San Juan County producers, food purveyors and supporters who value local products.
The 2018 event showcased the tasty provisions grown and made in the San Juan Islands. Featuring 15 vendors and attended by 250+ people.
Conference: Creating A Climate for Change 2019
Creating a Climate for Change: Networking & Training was a retreat, strategy session, and skills training designed for people advocating for a safe and just climate future. This five-day conference was attended by 70+ climate activists from around North America and was hosted by Hollyhock at their Cortes Island campus.This conference was produced in collaboration with Tzeporah Berman, Cara Pike, and Clayton Thomas-Muller.
Conference: Climate Hope 2019
Climate Hope was a five-day conference designed to explore strategies for moving through climate grief into community resiliency, and to launch the Climate Hope: Tools for Thriving in the Climate Era. This five-day conference was attended by 20+ climate advocates, mental health professionals, and concerned community members from the U.S. and Canada. This conference was produced in collaboration with Karen Mahon Carrington.
Wild Abundance Expeditions 2017
Wild Abundance Expeditions was a 5-day outdoor wilderness adventure camp for fat-bodied folks in the Pacific Northwest. With 25 attendees from up and down the West Coast, participants had opportunities to hike, do a high ropes course, canoe and kayak, and other adventures designed with their bodies in mind. Check out the hashtag on Instagram