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How To Craft A Powerful Land Acknowledgement – that isn’t daunting

How To Craft A Powerful Land Acknowledgement – that isn’t daunting By: Gayathri Shukla, May 1, 2024https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFU796yaqrQ&t=1s I live in a beautiful place where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, a site traditionally known as Moh’kins’tsis by the Blackfoot people. This area, part of Treaty 7 territory, is home to the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprised […]

Unlocking Inclusion: How Storytelling Transforms Leadership

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Inclusive Leadership – Learning Pathway By: Gayathri Shukla, May 1, 2024 Facilitating the inaugural ‘Navigating Difference’ Workshop, 2021 One week after the brutal murder of George Floyd Jr., a dedicated committee of Guided Autobiography instructors came together on a vision for an inclusive curriculum that provides all participants with optimum opportunities to listen to, and […]

The Real Reason EDI Initiatives Often Miss the Mark – and How We Can Fix It

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The Real Reason EDI Initiatives Often Miss the Mark & How We Can Fix It By: Gayathri Shukla, May 30, 2024 It’s no surprise that we see this troubling trend today: waning interest among organizations to pursue Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) initiatives. It’s not that they don’t believe in the importance of this work, […]

The Power of Art to Heal

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The Power of Art to Heal Cynthia’s article, originally published in Canadian Watercolour Magazine in 2023 If you’ve ever wondered if artistic practices like writing or painting can help you process difficult memories, read about Cynthia Cabrera’s experience (which she shared with Canadian Watercolour Magazine).  Cynthia is a a Fine Artists and Interior Designer enjoying life in western Alberta. She is also […]

Why write the story of your ancestry? Here’s an inspiring example.

Why write the story of your ancestry? Here’s an inspiring example. Can you spot Mt. Rainier in this photo? It’s there albeit hazy. But when it comes to business, you can be sure there is a mountain to climb! Earlier this year, Gayathri met her co-author Miriam Fabijan who so graciously gifted her with these […]

Starting a business? Here’s the one thing you need to know.

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Starting a business? Here’s the one thing you need to know. Can you spot Mt. Rainier in this photo? It’s there albeit hazy. But when it comes to business, you can be sure there is a mountain to climb! This article was originally published in LinkedIn by Gayathri Shukla, Sep 1, 2023.  If you’re deciding whether you […]

Two UCalgary employees to present at GlobalFest Citizenship Ceremony

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Two UCalgary employees to present at GlobalFest Citizenship Ceremony Empowering stories of immigration come to life as staff prepare to share stories from co-authored book, Landed: Transformative Stories of Canadian Immigrant Women This article was originally published in University of Calgary’s UCalgary News, 2023. By Becca McInnes In 2022, Canada proudly welcomed its largest number of immigrants […]

Campfire Kinship Storytelling Inc. Awarded the Investment Readiness Program Grant by the Government of Canada, with Support from Community Foundations of Canada

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Campfire Kinship Storytelling Inc. Awarded the Investment Readiness Program Grant by the Government of Canada, with Support from Community Foundations of Canada Calgary, AB – July 21, 2023 Campfire Kinship Storytelling Inc. (CKSI) is proud to announce that it has been selected as a recipient of the Investment Readiness Program (IRP) Grant, funded by the […]

(Re)Germinating

Painting of a the cover of Landed the book. This painting of a suitcase on a road under grey skies.

(Re)Germinating Sentiments unearthed in Landed: Transformative Stories of Canadian Immigrant Women have completely moved me. An unimaginable connection, understanding and catharsis was born out of this collective project presented by the social enterprise, Campfire Kinship.  Original watercolor painting on which Landed cover art is based, by Cynthia Cabrera Long before this opportunity, I stared into a […]

Coming to Canada

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Coming to Canada This article was originally published on Smith Alumni Magazine, 2023 Spring Edition.  By Gayathri Shukla “Do you remember the first time you thought about moving to Canada?” Last year, I posed this question to more than 35 women taking part in a storytelling workshop I was leading over Zoom. “Or, if you were […]

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