We invite you to join our virtual Talking Circle, guided by Elder-in-Residence, Nk'xetko on August 17 from 12:00 pm–1:00 pm.
In a talking circle, all are equal and belong. The intention of a talking circle is to open hearts to understand and connect with others; they encourage dialogue, respect, and the co-creation of learning and social discourse.
What you can expect should you join:
- It is respectful to introduce oneself before speaking.
- It is important that the circle of people listens respectfully to the person speaking.
- The person speaking should speak from the heart and shared communications are kept in confidence, especially when someone shares something personal.
In its simplest form, a talking circle is:
- Done in a complete circle.
- Only the individual "holding" the talking stick, eagle feather, or other symbolic item speaks while all the rest listen.
- The item is passed around in a circular direction, a person speaks until they are finished, being respectful of time.
- The talking circle is complete when everyone has a chance to speak.
- A person may pass without speaking if they so wish.
- What is said in the circle stays in the circle.