Dragonfly Consulting Services Canada works with educators, non-profit organizations, arts and culture institutions, and community groups to build understanding and awareness of Aboriginal histories, perspectives, and experiences.
Our services include:
- teacher professional development workshops
- staff and volunteer team workshops
- classroom/school visits
- talking and conflict resolution circles
- policy implementation, community consultation, and program development
- student support services
- customized curriculum development (elementary, secondary, adult learning)
- customized resource development
Instead of relegating Aboriginal peoples to an artifact-based past, Dragonfly’s unique approach locates Aboriginal peoples and cultures in contemporary society, revealing the root causes of current issues in Aboriginal communities and showing Aboriginal cultures as dynamic and adaptable. Aboriginal ways of knowing, being, teaching, and learning – concepts and frameworks such as the medicine wheel, for example – are highlighted throughout. Non-Aboriginal participants will break down myths and stereotypes and make connections between their own lives and the experiences, perspectives, and histories of Aboriginal peoples. Aboriginal participants will acquire positive self-identity and increased understanding of how to apply cultural concepts to everyday life.
All sessions are designed and delivered using a cross-cultural, anti-oppressive framework and a constructivist teaching and facilitation style that honours the knowledge of all participants.
Dragonfly’s community consultations and student support services use inquiry-based learning, a non-deficit approach, and holistic frameworks to encourage identity building and participant-led problem solving. Our talking circles are based on restorative practices that encourage connectedness, communication, and improved relationships.
Suzanne Methot, Dragonfly’s sole proprietor, has over 20 years’ experience as an educator, facilitator, community worker, and writer/editor, as well as a strong grounding in Aboriginal cultures and traditions originating out of her own cultural background and the teachings of knowledge keepers from across the Americas. Based in Toronto and serving the GTA, Dragonfly cultivates strong relationships with clients, providing unique, innovative, and creative services tailored to your needs.
Understanding equity and inclusion is about thinking, not training. By connecting across cultures and histories – by finding our commonalities – we can move forward together. By changing the conditions in which society operates, we create new possibilities for wealth.
For a list of past and continuing clients and projects, consult the Clients page. For more information on Suzanne Methot, see the Bio page here. For more information on products and services, go to the Products & Services drop-down menu at the top of the page.