Rachel Mason, founder and principal of Arrive Consulting, is of Eastern-European Jewish and English ancestry. She lives on the territory of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples in Victoria, B.C. Rachel is grateful to be the mother of four children and to spend time with her friends and family at beaches, mountains, and lakes in this beautiful land.
Rachel is a facilitator, educator, planner, and writer. She holds a Master’s in Education and specializes in creating learning resources that offer opportunities for personal growth, inquiry-based learning, and cross-cultural understanding. She enjoys facilitating dialogue to help groups explore their values and meet their goals. She supports organizations with all levels of planning, including strategic planning, operational planning, and monitoring and evaluation. She is sought out for her organizational skills, helping clients to streamline, coordinate and execute complex initiatives.
Rachel’s work is grounded in her commitment to social justice and anti-racism. She is passionate about learning that creates opportunities for transformative change--personal, organizational, and societal. She believes that individual and organizational learning can bring about meaningful change to support justice, equity, and respect.
Rachel has been privileged to work closely with Indigenous people and organizations since 2002. As a non-Indigenous person doing this work, she sees her role as contributing to Indigenous leadership and decision-making through facilitation, coordination, mentorship, and cross-cultural learning. Rachel works closely with a strong network of Indigenous consultants, Elders, and Knowledge Keepers, and she seeks opportunities to create employment and partnership roles for Indigenous consultants through Arrive Consulting.
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Carmen Wiigwaas Craig
Carmen Wiigwaas Craig is from Pemdashkoodyong, Lake of Burning Planes, referred to today as Hiawatha First Nation on Rice Lake in Ontario. She is Michi Saagii Nishnaabe, Irish, and Welsh on her father’s side and Dutch and Irish on her mother’s side. She is a member of the Crane Clan which means that she has leadership responsibilities to fulfill and continues to learn about those responsibilities every day. She currently lives on the territory of the Lekwungen peoples and is grateful for their stewardship and continued protection of the lands and waters.
Carmen has a diploma in creative writing from Camosun College, a B.A. in linguistics with a focus on language revitalization and acquisition from the University of Victoria, and is currently working on her M.Ed in Indigenous language revitalization at the University of Victoria. Carmen is passionate about linguistic and cultural resurgence and learning that is accessible to everyone. She is a lifelong and current learner of her language, Nishnaabemwin, and has built curriculum, materials, and lesson plans for adult language learners. She has also worked with Elders and Old Ones through Camosun College, worked in settler education and anti-racism training at the University of Victoria Libraries, and taught English as an additional language overseas in Ukraine, China, and Korea.
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