New online hub invites Canadians to transform through learning from Indigenous women

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A new online hub for Canadians to learn more about the worldviews, wisdom and lived experiences of Indigenous women is set to launch next month.

For nearly 10 years, Chastity Davis-Alphonse has been building bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through her consulting business.

“This vision has come to me over all those years of working and realizing that the general public does not have an opportunity to learn from Indigenous women or to hear our perspectives in an online forum that’s easily accessible,” she said.

“I really feel that this is important because what I experience as an Indigenous woman in the world is that the dominant narrative in our society and Canada about Indigenous women is largely negative.”

That is set to change Thursday, April 1, when Davis-Alphonse officially launches ‘Deyen-An Invitation to Transform’ at a free online event with co-host Tamara Taggart.

Deyen is Tsilhqot’in for “power to transform” and was suggested by Davis-Alphonse’s spouse and Tsilhqot’in National Government tribal chair Chief Joe Alphonse, who she tied the knot with last October on the landscape of the Tl’etinqox traditional territory.

“My husband said you should call it deyen because you’re inviting people to take part in this learning, and it’s an opportunity for them to transform their thinking, viewpoints and perspective,” Davis-Alphonse said.

Chief Alphonse is scheduled to be a speaker at the April 1 online launch starting at noon.

Other guest speakers include Squamish Nation matriarch Syexwaliya Ann Whonnock, Rainwatch Advising founder Sarah Robinson of the Fort Nelson and Saulteau First Nations, Marissa Nobauer with Telus and B.C. Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin.

“It will continue to expand, but the first course that we’re launching is called Canadian History Through the Lens of Indigenous Women,” Davis-Alphonse said of the four modules, which will represent several First Nations, Métis and Inuit women and their unique stories.

Rebecca Dyok, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Williams Lake Tribune