Ubuntu translates into English as “I am because we are.” It is a word that describes the ancestral, current and future hopes for the black diaspora as community. Through the eyes of mothers and “other mothers”, the Ubuntu program supports the creation of a protected space for black women to share stories, pass on legacy, and heal a little more from racism and its’ unique effects on black women today. Ubuntu recognizes that we are all connected and that despite geographical or language and cultural differences, black women have collective memories and “best practices” that have endured for centuries across many generations. This program acknowledges the need to preserve these stories and lived experiences to pass this wisdom on to next generations.
We will engage in a process of sharing and reflection using conversation and the creative arts. Treat yourself or a loved one to a weekend dedicated to re-membering, preserving, and celebrating the wisdom of black women, and of mothers. Listen, learn, and speak from the heart about breaking through the divides created by societal pressures, and share strategies for strengthening relationships in your community and in your home.
Program Cost: $450 (tuition, meals & accommodation)
Local Price: $410 (without overnight)
Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to secure your place in this program.
Tionda Cain is a clinical social worker with the IWK Community Mental Health Team. She is passionate about working for social justice and transformation and healing in Black Communities. Tionda relocated in 2002 to reconnect with her family roots and history in Nova Scotia. Tionda was involved in the development the Black Leadership Advisory Committee and helped developed the African Dance and Ubuntu programs at Tatamagouche Centre. She has been a member of the Program Resource Group since 2005.
Amanda Reddick, is an experienced facilitator and counsellor. She has a background in Peace and Conflict Studies which compliments her passion for community building and social justice. Amanda is a certified Dialogue for Peaceful Change Mediator, a member of the Black Leadership Advisory Committee and the Program Resource Group at Tatamagouche Centre, and is interested in processes that lead to healing and understanding.