What I do here:
I design workshops tailored specifically for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit youth that answer questions like, “Where do I go for help if my boss treats me badly?,” “When are the police allowed to search me?,” and “What is Gladue?”
Why I work for OJEN:
Believe me: I’ve had my share of flops. But there’s something magical when a workshop works.
A recent example is the Law and Radio program at Matawa Learning Centre in Thunder Bay. None of the students had hosted a radio show or heard of Gladue before we started. In four days they went from zero to interviewing a legal expert in a recording studio. Not only did they learn a lot, but the interview was broadcast to the remote communities that the students were from on Wawatay Radio so their grandparents and aunties could tune in and learn about the topic too. (Thanks to the OTF for funding this project!)
What I’ve been learning recently:
I recently went back to school in a part-time psychotherapy program. I am learning that there can be a lot more behind people’s action than I once thought. And this includes both the youth who attend our workshops and the members of the justice system. Experiences from early childhood could be the reason behind the tough guy act or the reason someone why someone pursues a powerful role, like a police officer. It’s giving me a more compassionate perspective on all the players who attend OJEN workshops and helping me to do my job as a facilitator better.