I recognize that I have had many privileges that many people have not had, as a white woman, living in Canada and the United States. In 2021 I cannot sit on the fence, or in the sidelines, and not be brave enough to say some important things to each of you.
I am actively making space in my life for the intersecting identities of all people and creating safety for a relationship with you. I hope to practice cultural humility through introspection and through listening to others. I acknowledge that development of cultural humility is a dynamic, lifelong, and never complete process. I realize that you may have individually experienced cultural trauma and/or that you may have cultural trauma triggered within the context of our work together and in our relationship.
I recognize that there cannot help but be ongoing effects from genocide and generational trauma
I live and work on the land and traditional territories of the Southern Okanogan Tribal Peoples.
I strive to be antiracist and to be more comfortable with discomfort as an important part of learning. I recognize that perfectly safe conversations can occur even when people feel uncomfortable. I strive to do my own work around unconscious bias, power, and privilege by engaging in personal reading, participating in a study group, engaging in difficult conversations, and introspection. I strive to use welcoming and inclusive language such as using your chosen pronoun, name choice, pronunciations, and spellings.