Acknowledging the EARTH
I Live on Indigenous Land
I live, work and play on earth that is now and has always been Anishnaabe, Ininiw (Cree) and Metis land. I live in the homelands and birth place of the Metis Nation, and took swimming lessons right about where Rooster Town once stood. I live in a region that is also Anish-Iniw (Oji-Cree), Dakota, and Dene land, and through which people of many Nations have made home.
The place where I live is now called Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. In the system of numbered treaties, I live in Treaty 1 Territory.
The water I drink is from Shoal Lake 40 First Nation. Anishinaabeg people who live there have been under a boil water advisory for over 20 years.
As a sex educator I value and celebrate all Indigenous youth who are reclaiming their teachings about earth, rites of passage, bodies and sexuality. I am so grateful for the work of Native Youth Sexual Health Network, who are constantly lighting up Turtle Island and the world with their brilliance.
I celebrate Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer people, without whom our Queer communities could not exist. Thank you to Two-Spirit People of Manitoba, Sunshine House and Elder Albert McLeod for all that you have built here.
I acknowledge the ways that the ongoing history of white supremacy and colonialism cause harm, and the ways that I as a white person benefit from and contribute to that harm.
As a white person, I am continually learning that my responsibilities are to work in an anti-racist way and reduce the harms of colonization in the work I do as a Sex Educator, as a Queer Parent of white children, and as a community member. I have been taught to work in heart-led ways, and work from a place of relationship building and reciprocity.
I am grateful for these and other teachings I receive from Indigenous women and feminisms, Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer people, and BIPOC people- particularly QTBIPOC.
I am grateful for opportunities to learn to do better when I make mistakes, thanks to the gifts and generosity of Black, Brown and Indigenous Women and Femmes.
What people say about my work
Erica has a way of making every subject interesting. You can easily tell that Erica is a good listener and a very caring person.
Erica is a great leader and facilitator with so much knowledge to share.
Erica is a great educator. Thanks for coming to talk to us.
Erica is so kind and open. They make every situation a great one.
Erica is such an engaging and compassionate facilitator.
Our youth participants were immediately put at ease, and we were able to cover some really important and sensitive topics through the anonymous question box. Erica's responses were always very thorough, non-judgmental and informative, and they made sure to ask for feedback and perspectives from the youth throughout. After the session, Erica provided an excellent follow-up document of resources based on our discussion to help the youth continue to build their knowledge. Overall, a very educational, inclusive and fun experience!