Beyond the Pavement: Healing Justice and Cultures of Care in Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC) Activist Communities.

Beyond the Pavement: Healing Justice and Cultures of Care in Black, Indigenous, People of Colour Activist Communities is a traveling liberatory dreaming workshop facilitated by Lynx Sainte-Marie. It is geared towards BIPOC activists and community organizers looking to embed a healing justice framework into their community work.

Workshop Outline

What does it look like to hold space for those who are unable to “pound the pavement” (i.e. the traumatized, the disabled and the sick)? In this interactive closed workshop for Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), we will explore community care as a strategy towards liberation. How do we as people invested in liberation hold space for those most vulnerable to harm? How have we internalized dominant discourses of activism, care-taking and community organizing? In this session, we will channel our individual and collective knowledge as daily survivors of racial oppression and (intergenerational) trauma and move towards social justice movements that centre healing, sustainability and community care. Participants will be challenged to envision a society that is interdependent, sustainable and focused on “wholeness.”

Duration

2.5 – 3 hours

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Workshops

2016, June 14, Edmonton, CA.  Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG) – University of Alberta.
Facilitator: Beyond the Pavement: Healing Justice and Cultures of Care in Black, Indigenous, People of Colour Activist Communities.

2016, May 11th, Halifax, CA.  Our Resilient Bodies Working Group – Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NPIRG)
Facilitator: Beyond the Pavement: Healing Justice and Cultures of Care in Black, Indigenous, People of Colour Activist Communities

2016, March 19th, Guelph, CA. OPIRG Guelph’s Social and Environmental Justice Symposium: Bridging Communities, Re-centering Movements – University of Guelph.
Facilitator: Beyond the Pavement: Healing Justice and Cultures of Care in Black, Indigenous, People of Colour Activist Communities

Presentations

2017, March 26, London, CA. Organizing Equality International Conference – Western University.
Presenter: Further Beyond the Pavement: Disability, Healing Justice and Cultures of Care in Black, Indigenous, People of Colour Activist Communities.

2016, November 5, Boston, US. Disability & Intersectionality Summit.
Presenter: Further Beyond the Pavement: Disability, Healing Justice and Cultures of Care in Black, Indigenous, People of Colour Activist Communities.

2016, May 30, Calgary, CA. Canadian Disability Studies Association-Association Canadienne des Études sur l’Incapacité (CDSA-ACÉI) 2016 Annual Conference: Energizing Communities. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences – University of Calgary
Presenter: Further Beyond the Pavement: Disability, Healing Justice and Cultures of Care in Black, Indigenous, People of Colour Activist Communities.

Publications

(forthcoming) 2019, “Further Beyond the Pavement: Disability, Healing Justice and Cultures of Care in Black, Indigenous, People of Colour Activist Communities,” Organizing Equality. (McGill-Queens University Press).

Never Been Broken: Blackness, Disability & Healing through the Arts

Never Been Broken: Blackness, Disability & Healing through the Arts was a panel presentation presented at the inaugural Black Futures Now Toronto (BFNTO) Conference on July 16th, 2016 at the Technology Enhanced Learning Building (TEL) at York University.

Organized by Lynx Sainte-Marie, conference advisor for BFNTO, the panel featured three Black artists who identified with having some form of disability and/or chronic illness. Panelists were invited to perform/recite work, and to speak to their artistic practices, the intersection of disability and Blackness and the role art plays in supporting their varied journeys of healing.

Panelists

Whitney French
Jassie Justice
Lynx Sainte-Marie

Moderator

Gloria Swain

Four Black spoonie panelists look to the camera, with varying faces ranging from big smiles to serious faces. In the foreground, the three spoonies IRL stand closely together, while the fourth spoonie is projected on the screen behind them URL.
From bottom left to right: Gloria Swain, Lynx Sainte-Marie and Jassie Justice. Top: Whitney French.

 

#BlackSpoonieSpeak

#BlackSpoonieSpeak was a creative writing workshop series for Black
youth ages 18-24 who live with various forms of chronic illness/disability in the Greater Toronto Area.

Prioritizing youth on the margins, the goal of the project was to provide a safer, accessible, tender space for Black spoonies to speak to their stories of survival and resilience while having the opportunity to build creative networks and supportive Black spoonie community.

 

 

Grants

2016, Art Starts (in partnership with the Toronto Arts Council), Platform A Micro-Grant.

Interviews

2017, March, Open Book, Six With Lynx Sainte-Marie.

2016, September, Art Starts. Three Years of Successful Stories | Art Starts Micro-grant recipients | Platform A.

Presentations

2017, August 19, Boston, US. Alternatives Conference 2017: Building Healing Communities Together.
Presenter: #BlackSpoonieSpeak: Creative Writing Effort for Healing Black Youth.