Indigenous Reconciliation for Filipino-Canadians: What Does that Look Like?

Workshop description: This interactive workshop will help participants to connect their understanding of Indigenous reconciliation as understood in the Canadian context to the diasporic Filipino Indigenous experience. Participants will be able to traditionally acknowledge the importance of the land where they were born and that of their heritage and they will connect their understanding to one action item/article of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples for them to take heart and realize this year.

Marko de Guzman is from Tiohtià:ke, Montréal and respectfully acknowledges that he now works and live on the traditional territories of the Algonquin Peoples; he is also a McGill and University of Ottawa alumnus and works as Policy Analyst for the Ministry of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada.

France Stohner is a Philippine-born, Montreal-raised diasporic community worker and mental health counsellor. Committed to decolonization, she completed a Masters of Arts degree in Counselling and Spirituality, specializing in Women’s Studies, a collaborative program between Saint-Paul and the University of Ottawa. From 2011 to 2016, she was a host and content creator for the Sigaw Ng Bayan radio collective at CKUT 90.3FM. As co-lead organizer for the Pinay Power II (McGill University) and Filipino-Canadian Futures (Concordia University) conferences, she strives to highlight the importance of community dialogue while uplifting Kapwa voices. Since the pandemic she has been a Restorative Circle Keeper, creating brave spaces for women and youth to work towards more emotional and spiritual strength and growth.