Systems Thinking with Indigenous Lens – Workshop Offering

Systems Thinking with Indigenous Lens –  Workshop Offering
November 23rd, 2019 from 1:30pm to 5:30pm

We live in an increasingly complex world which requires solutions that tackle root causes of issues, not just their symptoms. Systems thinking is a tool for sense-making and working with complexity in various contexts that echoes the way of knowing familiar to many Indigenous cultures around the world.

This workshop merges Western and Indigenous ways of seeing and sense-making while exploring theories and concepts that are applicable across a wide array of areas. It will benefit anyone curious or working in the domain of social change and innovation, as well as community development, social planning, sustainability, food security, evaluation, advocacy, movement-building, education, public service and in many others.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the basic principles of systems thinking
  • Start practicing thinking in systems
  • Increase knowledge about Indigenous history in Canada, and how colonization disrupted traditional systems
  • Explore the notion of transformational change as an intervention, and ways of approaching it in the context of complexity and emergence

Reflections from past participants:

  • “Appreciate the reconciliation lens on the systems thinking”.
  • “Great session! I appreciated how Indigenous history and cultural knowledge was incorporated. This is extremely important.”
  • “I really enjoyed this workshop. It was a good introduction and recap on how systems work. I was particularly touched by the interconnectedness exercise. I feel that it allowed me to gain a certain perspective that I just didn’t have before. Thank you.”
  • “I thought the facilitators were both artfully clear about what can be a complex topic.”
Gary J. Hutton is a Nehiyaw (Cree) man from Edmonton, Alberta. So far his journey has taken him from Indigenous sovereignty and environmental activism to working directly on the water and the land through farming and fishing, and to building virtual worlds through video game art and design, among other things. He is currently working in the IT sector and studying Zen Buddhism with the Venerable Anzan Hoshin roshi at Dainen-Ji in Ottawa. Gary has spent his life studying both scientific and spiritual areas of knowledge, attempting to synthesize these vital systems to embody a greater understanding of human experience and expression, as well as conceive of a vision for a more sustainable way of life for human beings and society that preserves our global ecosystems and human flourishing.
Anastasia Gaisenok was born and raised in Belarus and immigrated to Canada with her family in 2003. She has been living on unceded Coast Salish territory as a settler ever since, exploring the ways to bring about a more just and sustainable world through education, organizing and movement-building. An experienced facilitator, convener and leader, Anastasia brings a diverse set of skills and experiences which she utilizes for empowering others to understand, navigate and change the systems.

Booking information: please click on the button above “Register Now”. While booking you will have an option to join us at 10am for a guided tour of OUR ECOVILLAGE before this event. You may also choose to join us for Lunch before the event or dinner after the event at OUR Zero Mile Eatery. Please let us know if you have any questions or problems with booking at

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OUR courses are unique from almost all others as you are stepping into OUR ECOVILLAGE – a 25 acre “Sustainable Living Demonstration Site and Education Centre” and one of the most built out permaculture projects in North America.

For over 20 years Our Ecovillage has been working towards “Lawful Permaculture”; having every innovative design and building project that we have created also be fully zoned, permitted & approved by regulatory officials. 

Through partnering with all 3 levels of government, business & corporate sponsors, academia, and the grassroots of the wider community and it’s organizations; at OUR we bring together a range of professionals, permaculture teachers, regulatory folks, and technical stakeholders ready to train others in the next stages of how permaculture projects can become fully legal – like OURS!