Not the typical ‘training’ day that police participants expected, as many remarked.
On Monday, January 16, our team stepped into the Thunder Bay Police Service building with our own kind of toolkit: our open hearts and minds, spirit, laughter, beads, thread, needles, metal wire, fabric, and so much more.
It’s time to listen.
It’s time to look at the possibilities.
It’s time to try something different.
Who are these individuals working to serve and to protect? What have they bear witness to? Who are they under the uniform? What change do they want to see? What is close to their hearts?
loving kindness. experiences. teachings. deep listening.
individual. institutional. systemic. home. family. community. inside. outside. power. balance.
_______________how do we string together these words?
shaping a reflective and open space
noticing a shared humanity.
elder Brenda Mason and Leanna Marshall.
This is Betty Carpick bringing together two worlds. The piece on the left was collaboratively shaped by the women survivors of sexual violence, while the piece on right was formed together by police participants just moments before this photo was taken.
A separate and simultaneous conversation is happening.
Will you join us?
Will you help to break the silence?
Will you create space to listen to survivors of sexual violence?
Funding for this work was provided by It’s Never Okay: Ontario’s Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment
Ontario Arts Council – Conseil des arts de l’Ontario Creative Engagement Fund to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment in Ontario