One of the approaches we use at VCC is seasonal planning, an approach rooted in Indigenous ways of knowing. This approach tells us that summer is the time to tend to our relationships. Which relationships should we prioritize for face to face connecting? Which relationships do we need to build? Which relationships do we need to celebrate?
The summer launched with our AGM and report to community, both places to reflect on how connection and relationship accelerated Enough for All last year like never before (stay tuned for our 2021 evaluation on the same). We also had lots of conversations about rising inflation and affordability and thought a lot about how we are relating to one another as a community in this tumultuous time. Poverty Talks took this time to reconnect to community on some important conversations centred on our Levers of Change. All of these conversations (with each other, with the media) create the ecosystem for our community dialogue about poverty, one that VCC works to root in dignity, equity, and prosperity for all.
Personally, my favorite relational activity this summer was VCC’s partner and Champion on-land learning event on August 10. We took this important time to connect to the land, to community, and to our learning journeys in truth and Reconciliation that are so critical in achieving Goal 3 of Enough for All.