Solidarity Talks

In these Solidarity Talks Vikki Reynolds, a white settler activist/therapist, speaks with fascinating, spirited and brilliant folks about their activism/work responding to structural oppression and co-creating spaces of justice and cultures of resistance.

Solidarity Talk August 16, 2022 Carol Bilson and Vikki Reynolds Transformative Responses to Community and Social Harms

Vikki Reynolds a white settler therapist/activist in dialogue with

Carol Bilson M.A. – Latina/x (Mapuche, Spanish, German) from Wallmapu, Chile; pronouns are She/Her/Ella, currently a Ph.D. student in the program Social Dimensions of Health in the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. She has also held the position of Alt-Justice Coordinator at Victoria Sexual Assault Centre (VSAC) and Education Coordinator at the Victoria Women’s Transition House Society (VWTH) where she trained staff, volunteers, and fellow service providers on the issues of Intimate Partner Violence and Trauma-Informed Practices. Carol further facilitates cultural safety workshops (Co-Creating Decolonial Futures) supporting organizations to work in more collaborative and relationally accountable ways with Indigenous peoples. Carol has over 12 years of experience in community education and has developed multiple community workshops on De-colonization, Anti-Racism, Consent, Men’s Wellness, Healthy Masculinities, and prevention of Gender-Based Violence for boys and male youth.

Solidarity Talk June 16 2022: Kevin Parker, Robert Taylor, Vikki Reynolds
Resisting & Transforming Anti-Black Racism from Leadership Roles in Community Work.

Vikki Reynolds, a white settler activist/therapist educator talks with Robert Taylor and Kevin Parker about theirz role as leaders/’managers’ in community work specifically resisting and transforming Anti-Black Racism. They share their strategies, theorizing and actions responding to systemic oppressions at the intersections of structural abandonment and necropolitics.

Robert Taylor is a Black Queer Canadian man dedicated to supporting and advocating for diversity and inclusion for Black, Indigenous, and other People Of Colour. Robert works with the DTES’s marginalized peoples making sure they live with respect and dignity through his role in Senior Leadership for a non-profit organization.

Kevin Parker is a Black Canadian man currently creating and running BC’s largest harm reduction and housing centre. Kevin brings decades of lived experience to his work, while creating space for other PWLE to make meaningful and valued systems change. Kevin’s work is primarily on the unceded territories of Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam nations.

Solidarity Talk 10/11/ 2021: Riel Dupuis-Rossi, Travis Heath, Vikki Reynolds

Riel, Travis & Vikki engage in a dialogue connected to their article on Believed-IN -Hope & Vicarious resistance. They embrace both important differences and points of connection in an imperfect solidarity that seeks and critiques believed-in-hope. Reynolds, V. Riel Dupuis-Rossi, R & Heath, T. (2021). Inspiring Believed-in-Hope as an Ethical Position: Vicarious Resistance & Justice-Doing. Journal of Contemporary Narrative Therapy, 2021, Release 1, p. 2-18.

Riel Dupuis-Rossi is a Two Spirit therapist of Kanienʼkehá꞉ka, Algonquin and Italian descent. Riel grew up in their traditional territories, off reserve in Hamilton, ON and Montreal, QC. Riel has been providing decolonizing and culturally-centered Indigenous trauma therapy to Indigenous adults in the unceded Homelands of the Coast Salish Nations since 2011. Riel holds both a Masters in Curriculum Studies and a Master of Social Work. Riel’s clinical specializations are in historical, transgenerational, complex and shock trauma therapy.

Travis Heath is an adopted, cisgender man from United States of America of mixed racial background (birth father was Pardo, from Brazil, and birth mother of German and Polish descent). Travis works as a psychologist and professor in Denver, Colorado. Travis has a therapy practice that operates on a radical sliding fee scale, and he works with many people on the margins.

Solidarity Talks 06/30/2021: Vikki Reynolds and Jill Faulkner

‘Self’ Care: Essential, and entirely inadequate. Vikki Reynolds a white settler therapist/activist in dialogue with Jill Faulkner, “born in Aotearoa, however I have now lived more of my years relating on the lands of the First peoples of Australia than my own grandfather’s country”. They discuss critique of individualism capitalism empire and hierarchy that dominates ‘self-care’ industry, and resistance to self-care as solidarity work and collective care. Offering a weaving of workers’ interpersonal and relational experiences to structural and systemic oppression. Jill “I am interested in how power operates across people’s lives and how we walk a thin line as workers in a system that is effectively replicating power…. and the imposition (often unwittingly) of the colonial imprint that workers engage in…and are directed to engage in”

Solidarity Talks 05/18/2021: Vikki Reynolds & Janice Abbott
Vikki Reynolds in dialogue with Janice Abbott (she/her), Atira Group of Women Serving Agencies, Greater Vancouver, B.C. (unceded territories of the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, Musqueam, Hwlitsum, Katzie, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem, Matsqui, Qayqayt, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, and Stó:lō Nations). 28 years and counting…

Solidarity Talk 3/31/2021: Riel Dupuis-Rossi, Donny Riki, Vikki Reynolds
Vikki Reynolds, a white settler, is in dialogue with Riel Dupuis-Rossi a Two Spirit psychotherapist of Kanienʼkehá꞉ka (Mohawk), Algonquin, and Italian descent, and Donny Riki, Ngāpuhi / Ngāti Paoa Māori warrior and psychotherapist….addressing decolonizing psychological practices and centering Indigenous knowledges and resistance

Solidarity Talk 11/16/2020: Vikki Reynolds speaks with Felix Gilliland, a trans person and feminist, about how feminist can make repair with trans people by using principles of a queered antiviolence movement.

Solidarity Talk 10/27/2020: Lateral Liberation. Kim Haxton is an Indigenous woman of the Potowatomi Peoples. Kim speaks with Vikki about how she uses Lateral Liberation to examine how communication is hampered by trauma, environmental and situational moments in our lives. The future depends on literacy of the past, understanding how everything is connected (a foundational understanding of many Indigenous cultures)

Solidarity Talk 7/21/2020: Trey Agnew Mgr OPS & Tara Taylor Board Co- chair OPS talk with Vikki about Canada’s first Overdose Prevention Site, honouring that ‘peers’ do the heavy lifting in the opioid catastrophe, deaths by bad drug policy & creative resistance.

Solidarity Talk 6/22/2020: Structuring enough-Safety & fostering fierce brave & compassionate conversations by & for Black People. Black counsellor & educator Sacha Médiné and Black activist facilitator & educator Parker Johnson with white settler activist/therapist educator Vikki Reynolds. How to create and hold spaces for Black People to respond with enough-safety & solidarity in struggles.

Solidarity Talk 6/15/2020: Defund The Police. Vikki Reynolds & Black counsellor & educator Sacha Médiné speak together about lessons from their work with people who have survived torture & political violence, and people experiencing homelessness. What Defund The Police could look like in practice for counsellers & community workers.

Solidarity Talk 5/5/2020 with powerful community organizer @ZoeDodd who is connected to @TorontoOPS and was one of founders of Toronto’s response to the opioid catastrophe. Reflections from Tara Taylor DTES activist in Vancouver, and organizer with OPS Overdose Prevention Society Vancouver.