Righting Relations is a Women-Led, Pan-Canadian network of adult educators for social change. These adult educators work with Indigenous, immigrant, refugee and low-income communities to promote radical social change, through critical consciousness, political and economic literacy building for a just Canadian society. The purpose of the network is to strengthen the capacity of adult educators to do their work, through bringing them together to network and learn from each other what they need to learn to increase the impact of their work. The overall objective is to build social movements which together can be a powerful force for advocacy of a shared social agenda.
Currently there are three networks being formed: in the Maritimes, with Indigenous adult educators (AE) and those who work with Indigenous communities, in the Prairies with AE who work with low-income populations, and in Southern Ontario with AE who work with immigrant/refugee communities.
Frameworks that guide our work:
Women-Led: A collective approach to leadership, which is heart-centered, dialogical, holistic, creative, rooted in kinship, radically inclusive with a preponderance of female-identified individuals. We incorporate healing, affirmation, self-care, hope, art, dreaming and laughter in our work of critical consciousness building.
Righting Relations: We take inspiration from the reconciliation movement between First Nations and Settler communities, and will practice working in Right Relation with people across diversity, and with the land. We define Righting Relations as embodying Universal values of love and respect for all of Creation, cognizant of the interconnectedness of all of Life, sharing power and space equitably, being authentic, taking individual responsibility in relationships, making family and including ceremony in our way together.
Popular Education: A form of education which works with marginalized communities, centering their lived experiences, where everyone is a teacher and a learner, and the goal being the people's elevated critical consciousness, recognizing the systems that oppress them, and enabling them to free themselves from the shackles of their own oppression.