Cadence Leadership Development for Indigenous Women
Leadership Development for Indigenous Women, Cadence (Ontario) Cadence is bringing Indigenous and non-Indigenous women leaders into a sacred, ethical space for safe conversation and mutual understanding to start our leadership walk together.
Grant Program: World Day of Prayer
Year of Grant: 2017-2018
Grant Amount: $5,000
At the inaugural event of Burning Stone’s leadership project, women leaders participated in GAGANOONIDIWAG. This Ojibway word, when translated, means “they talk to each other, have conversation” and this is also the title of the first leadership module in the series that is being developed. It is based on “Next Level Leadership” and has been modified to reflect an Indigenous perspective.
The first module helps people understand the current Canadian historical landscape and sets a sacred, ethical space for safe communication and starting a leadership walk together. The development of five more modules is underway:
INAADIZI – “she has certain character, a certain way of life” – This covers the area of character using the Aboriginal grandfather teachings of honesty and humility
INA’AMII – “she steps in a certain way” – This covers the area of confidence using the grandfather teaching of courage.
GASHKITOON – “she is able to do” – This covers the area of competence using the grandfather teachings of wisdom and truth
MAAMAWI – “together” – This covers the area of connection using the grandfather teachings of respect and love
NIIGAANISHIMO – “she dances in the lead” – This is the final segment.
A Train the Trainer event is also being planned.