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Lateral Violence in First Nations Communities

Lateral Violence occurs within marginalized groups where members strike out at each other as a result of being oppressed. The oppressed become the oppressors of themselves and each other. Common behaviours that prevent positive change from occurring include gossiping, bullying, finger-pointing, backstabbing and shunning.

The Crab In The Bucket, transforms lateral violence in your community.

lateral violence in first nations communitiesDuring this workshop facilitator Denise Findlay works with participants to increase awareness and skills in order to respond effectively to Lateral Violence in their community organizations. It is intended that this workshop will be the impetus for much needed change in regard to the unconscious use of power in Aboriginal community organizations. Our Lateral Violence workshops provide a safe space for participants to dialogue about this very sensitive topic. Participants will be empowered to make healthy choices, to create a network of support, and to have a voice that can influence sustainable change at a grass roots level.

Our goal is to give participants the tools and language required to respond appropriately to Lateral Violence on an individual and community level. By the end of the workshop participants will have shared and discussed strategies for creating sustainable change in regard to Lateral Violence and will be able to constructively address the subject of Lateral Violence in their families, communities and organizations.

Crab In The Bucket workshop participants will be able to:

  • Explore Lateral Violence and why it occurs;
  • Practice communication tools that they can take back to your organization or community;
  • Develop a new understanding of change and its impact;
  • Identify emotional triggers that contribute to the cycle of Lateral Violence;
  • Create a self care plan;
  • Strategize ways of creating change at a community level; and
  • Build a safe and positive support network.

Transforming Lateral Violence

  • Is an inside job
  • Is about finding our voice and helping others find theirs too
  • Is about listening deeply to each other
  • Is about remaining open to those who we perceive as the enemy
  • Is about awakening each other
  • Will occur when we begin to experience ourselves powerful and deserving

We have all had the experience of feeling undermined. Why do those around us and why do we subtly and not so subtly attempt to sabotage the growth and success of another? More importantly, how do we do it, what is the cost and how do we alter this vicious cycle?

In this groundbreaking workshop on Lateral Violence we will be naming, confronting and creatively transforming our barriers to success on a personal, relational, organizational and community level.

Book a free consultation today to discuss brining this unique experience to your community. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (604) 987-5455

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"Thanks again for coming to speak with us at UBC. Everyone absolutely LOVED your presentation. I heard from so many people as they were walking out of the theatre that they felt like “a light went on” in their heads. People were even talking about how the insights you shared may help them with difficulties in their relationships with family members!"

Jennifer Fox
University of British Columbia

"I learned that at times, I could hide behind culture and tradition and of course this does not resolve or clarify a situation. I gained a keener understanding of lateral violence and realized that often when I made a comment such as Oh did you know that Jane Doe said this or repeated an unhealthy comment, that I was part of the lateral violence that exists today."

Jackie Gonzales
   Squamish Nation

"Thank you Denise for your sensitive leadership and participation in facilitating team cohesion and individual empowerment. You are an inspiration!  Much Appreciation." 

Verna Oberg, Infant Development Facilitator, Ayas Men men

"Denise is delight to work with - focused, effective, attuned and passionate. She works in powerful ways to to unleash the potentials and best selves of people, whether in a leadership and coaching context, or with an organization."

Darcy Riddell, Social Innovation and Leadership Consultant, PhD Candidate in Social and Ecological Sustainability

"Given the nature of and depths to which the conversations can go, the ability to hold the space for the dialogue is defining to the success of the session. Denise is able to do this with skill and grace, a great deal of patience, and an ability to naturally address hot spots and put voice to the issues that participants are sometimes unable." 

Pam Schmidt