The Caring Society offers various in-person Touchstones of Hope sessions intended for communities or organizations who wish to begin or strengthen a reconciliation movement. This is also a great opportunity for organizations working with Indigenous children, youth and families who wish to learn or expand upon their knowledge of Indigenous peoples in Canada as well as to create best practices in working with Indigenous children, youth, and families.
The hosting community or organization is responsible for covering all costs of a session including facilitator fee and costs for travel. The Caring Society will gladly discuss the possibility of coming to your community or organization to participate in a Touchstones of Hope session.
Based on the principles of the Touchstones of Hope, the sessions include:
A Touchstones of Hope Information Session is typically the length of a keynote presentation (1 to 2 hours). It involves a brief presentation on the Touchstones of Hope and questions from the audience. The goal is to educate about the movement and provide ways in which communities or organizations can get started in the process.
An Engagement Session is usually a day in length and is ideal for communities or organizations that may not necessarily want to engage in a full reconciliation movement but who may want to be an ally or have more in-depth learning about the movement. Engagement sessions can be tailored to address the goal(s) of a community or organization, and if applicable, adapt the five Touchstones of Hope principles to the communitiy's or organization’s unique context.
Train the Trainer Session:
A two day Train the Trainer Session is ideal for communities or organizations that want to undertake a Touchstones of Hope movement but need to have individuals trained in the Touchstones of Hope principles and process.
A Leadership Session is typically two days in length and is intended for leaders to come together to share their dreams for reconciliation. These individuals, youth and adults hold natural or elected leadership roles at any level, whether it is in the community or at an organization. The invited participants should be those who are able to bring forth change in their communities or who are already engaged in doing so. The overall goal is to leave the session with next steps toward realizing their visions for reconciliation.
All of the sessions mentioned above can be tailored to meet the unique requirements of your community or organization. If the context of your reconciliation movement does not fall within any of these sessions, please contact the Caring society and we can discuss the many possibilities of creating your own Touchstones of Hope movement.
Question about the Touchstones of Hope? Contact:
Marc St. Dennis
Reconciliation and Research Coordinator