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Meet Reneltta Arluk (Canada; 2019 ISPA Fellow)

Friday, September 13, 2019   (0 Comments)
Reneltta Arluk

Today we are highlighting 2019 Fellow Reneltta Arluk, Director of Indigenous Arts at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada.

Reneltta, an Inuvialuit, Dene and Cree woman originally from the Northwest Territories, gave a speech about the importance of cultural safety and unity to The Global Cafe during last month’s Edinburgh International Festival.She discussed creating a safe space, how Indigenous communities are standing together and barriers to reconciliation. Check out an excerpt of her speech.

Cultural safety is a concept that emerged in the late 1980s as a health focused framework for Maori in New Zealand. It defines cultural safety as, “an environment that is spiritually, socially and emotionally safe, as well as physically safe for people; where there is no denial of their identity, of who they are and what their needs are...

...Responsibility. You have it. We (Indigenous) cannot move forward together unless you (non-Indigenous) acknowledge your truth in our shared history. Reclaim that and we (All) will rise. When I look at the systematic ways Indigenous peoples have had to navigate, guide, heal, feed, propel, protest, mediate, deny, defy, instill, educate, starve, beg, fight, endure, pray, negotiate and rebel against the systems that were built to assimilate. This historical practice of undoing needs to end so we can rise as a country.

Read the full published excerpt of the speech on The Global and Mail's website.