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Karen English

Karen English is from the  Piikani Nation, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy, which is located south west of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Karen received her Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Calgary in 2000 and received her Life Skills Coaches Training in 2003.  Her life’s work has been working with Aboriginal children and families within many communities. This has enhanced her ability to implement and develop her career in many areas within the Human Services Sector.

Being “results” focused in her career,  Karen has 26 years of experience in frontline, management and leadership roles within the Human Services field. Her compassion and dedication to creating unity and collaboration has brought her to this point in her journey as a consultant. She continues to work towards successions that unite agencies, governments and ideas to create effective outcomes.

Karen is the first “free” generation in her family after her ancestors signed the Treaty #7 in 1877. After signing the Treaty, her people were placed on reservations and were not allowed to leave without written permission.  Her mother, father, grandparents and great grandparents were Residential School survivors.  Karen’s grandparents have been an integral part of her life. Currently, Karen’s grandmother Louise English is a respected elder from the Piikani Nation who is utilized throughout southern Alberta for her knowledge and wisdom. Her great grandfather Charlie Crow Eagle, Piikani Nation, was known as a medicine man and ceremonialist.  His wife Alice Crow Eagle never knew how to speak English and never attended residential school.

Karen has overcome many personal traumatic experiences throughout her life and has been able to see past the trauma.  She believes these experiences have motivated her to want to be part of a solution that can help Indigenous people reclaim their place here in Canada. Karen has spent a lifetime wanting to be a role model in creating a life of possibilities.  She completed her Bachelor of Social Work and continues to work within the systems to create more grass roots and holistic ways of working with Indigenous families and communities.

On April 28, 2015 Karen’s most traumatic experience occurred when her Niece and Nephew were both brutally murdered.  This horrific tragedy was very devastating for Karen and has motivated her to want to continue to find solutions so that tragedies like this are no longer outcomes for Indigenous families.  Karens dream was to encourage that all children are safe and free from harm and that every child grow up in communities that care.  Karen’s plan is to provide workshops and training sessions that help enhance knowledge about Indigenous people.  She will also be conducting a conference called “Children are our Sacred Bundle”.  She will continue to contribute ways of building a better Canada for Indigenous People.

 


Our Partners

Training & Services

Indigenous Relations Training

This training has been developed over the last 20 years using the medicine wheel teachings and many teachings from various knowledge keepers from around the nation.  Karen English  has  researched  and worked in many communities which include urban and Indigenous communities.  She has also been given certain rights to pass on the information in her workshops from various elders for the purpose of creating awareness.  The knowledged that has been gathered over the years has allowed Karen to developed various youth and adult programming that helps to empower Indigenous families to move forward.  Karen has implemented many of these ideas in developing and Indigenous training program that will leave each participant feeling empowered with the knowledge they gain after the workshop.

Mental :  Includes current stats, residential impacts, colonization, genocide,

Spritual: Introduction of smudging ceremony,  May include pipe ceremony at end of session.  Explanation the importance of spirituality.  May bring in an elder to support worksop.

Emotional: Conduct a circle with group Talk about what they know about Indigenous people good and the bad.  What has changed based on new knowledge. How can we create better outcomes for a better canada.

Physical:  Group will be put in various groups for dialoguing and discussions.  Group presentations.  Participation in group activities

Outcomes to achieve:

  1. Indigenous competency enhanced.
  2. Create better relationships with Indigenous families
  3. Enhance teamwork with the group.
  4. Providing tools for clearing communication with the organization.

 

Community Development Training

This training program focuses on building community capacity within organizations and communities.  This workshop helps to look at what is preventing collaboration, what keeps a community or agency stagnant.  After identifying the issues, they are used to build capacity through an experiential exercise that utilizes the whole group to develop their own process for enhancement.

 

Blanket Exercise

Kamotaan Consulting has a MOU which means we are certified to conduct the exercise and include exercise  in our  workshops.

How it works

The Blanket Exercise is based on participatory popular education methodology and the goal is to build understanding about our shared history as Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada by walking through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. Everyone is actively involved as they step onto blankets that represent the land, and into the role of First Nations, Inuit and later Métis peoples. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy.

Where and how

The Blanket Exercise itself takes about an hour and should always be followed by a talking circle which often requires at least another hour. With youth, ninety minutes for both the Blanket Exercise and debrief is sometimes feasible.

Please note, we require that people undergo facilitator training before accessing the scripts. In addition, if you are non-Indigenous, please ensure you are working in partnership with Indigenous facilitators and Elders when using this teaching tool.

Want to know more?

Vist the KAIROS Blanket Exercise Website

As demand for KAIROS’ most popular teaching tool continues to grow, we are expanding our capacity to deliver the exercise in a good and safe way that ensures facilitators are well-trained and supported, Elders are properly compensated, and training is standardized. As part of this expansion initiative, we are implementing changes to the KAIROS Blanket Exercise website.

CAOSB Conference

Komataan (gom-moe-don) presents:

CHILDREN ARE OUR SACRED BUNDLE CONFERENCE
http://caosb.ca

 

AN INDIGENOUS GRASSROOTS CONFERENCE INCREASING KNOWLEDGE FOR ALL CANADIANS!
When we stand strong in unity, understand our past and present, we can create solutions for a brighter future together.

“Children are our Sacred Bundle” conference will have speakers who share the  Indigenous worldview, and examine history and current trends affecting Indigenous families today.  This conference will utilize  a unique grassroots solutions based approach.   The solutions come from  collaborative experiential group exercises which build on the knowledge  shared by the many different  speakers from  Alberta and Montana.
*  Essentially, it is a macro to micro approach “wholistic”, with an emphasis on collaborative solutions.”

Presentations:  The attendees will also receive traditional and current information from Indigenous Professionals working with Indigenous children today.
Wisdom Keepers Panel: This conference will provide historical information from various Knowledge Keepers (Indigenous elders, ceremonialists and professionals) from Alberta and Montana in a panel discussion format.
Experiential exercise: This unique conference will conduct an experiential exercise that allows the group to work together in developing solutions that can enhance current programs, policies or parenting techniques that affect Indigenous children today.  This concept helps create a grassroots process that becomes unique to each community.
The conference is designed to:
* Increase knowledge around Indigenous competency,
* Improve processes when working with Indigenous families.
* Improve relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

Who should attend?
*Teachers * Caregivers * Social workers * Foster parents
* Kinship providers *Judges * Lawyers * Policy makers * Community support workers
Anyone wanting to create unity and a better tomorrow!

Truth and Reconciliation Canada.

Children are our Sacred Bundle falls in alignment with the following recommendations:
* Requiring that all child-welfare decision makers consider the impact of the residential school experience on children and their caregivers.

* We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to develop culturally appropriate parenting programs for Aboriginal families.

* We call upon the federal, provincial, territorial, and Aboriginal governments to develop culturally appropriate early childhood education programs for Aboriginal families.

* We call upon the Federation of Law Societies of Canada to ensure that lawyers receive appropriate cultural competency training.

Contact

karen@kamotaan.ca

Ph 587 220 4407