What We Offer
Your syilx Sisters offer training & communication supports, both in-person & virtually.
Serving "Canada" and the "U.S.A"
Located in the PST time zone.
Culturally Informed Communications Training
Mentorship- Big Sister Advice
Often a pre-requisite for working with Your syilx Sisters, this training acts a baseline for understanding how trauma-informed and culturally sensitive communications go to benefit authentic kinship-building practices with those you serve.
and support such as:
Community storytelling includes professional photography, interviewing, and story crafting while following cultural protocols and trauma-informed practices.
Audience research and persona development
Visual Supports and applications
We hold a safe space for all questions. During mentorship time we can also support the team in content development training, media training, press writing, etc.
Sensitivity Reading and Cultural Editing
Read over pre-written materials and suggest edits so messaging is trauma-informed and culturally sensitive.
sqilxw knowledge is as old as the stories that shape the lands in our creation.
Culturally Aware & Trauma Informed Training
Often a pre-requisite for working with Your syilx Sisters, this training acts a baseline for understanding how trauma-informed and culturally sensitive communications go to benefit authentic kinship-building practices with those you serve. The q'sapi training was developed from the law of story. 'q'sapi,' is how syilx people start their old stories, it means "a long time ago". The intention of the workshop is to honour Indigenous voices and reduce the harm caused by perpetuating harmful narratives and misrepresentations. Often it’s because of the lack of understanding that comes from not knowing the protocols around meaningful communications, accurate and authentic imagery, or not understanding cultural terms of engagement. This workshop is built to engage communicators, storytellers, digital designers, frontline workers who work within communities or with Indigenous Peoples, media relations, government officials, government workers, or anyone interested in learning more about protocols and Indigenous teachings that support positive connections.
We can tailor our trainings and cover topics such as:
The wisdom of trauma: We talk about how we live in kinship with trauma and how to host the "visitor." We also share how cultural understandings and engagements are the key to working with the visitor.
This delves into both a clinical aspect but most importantly looks at trauma from an Indigenous perspective.
Trauma-informed and culturally aware understandings of coming together to build collective consensus.
Using sqilx'w tools and teachings for coming together. We talk about the importance of self-location. Rooting yourself in proximity to a conflict or situation that needs to be addressed so you can find your strength in speaking to it to come to a resolution.
Tips, tools, and techniques for trauma-informed engagements
Using trauma-informed approaches to community engagements and how to ensure you are not creating further harm or making harmful assumptions.
Decolonizing the workplace: Tips, tools and suggestions to decolonizing the workspace. Decolonizing benefits everyone and to ensure workplace wellness we discuss how Indigenous folks have different needs in the workplace and how to best support your team through practical means.
Indigenous land connection: We share how our responsibilities as sqilx'w people are sacredly tied to our homelands and the responsibilities given to us in our Creation. So when we feel unease, it's often because our blood memory calls us to enact our homeland responsibilities.
Representation Matters: We discuss the importance of proper and accurate representation in all media forms through art, photography, and storytelling. We also discuss how improper representation can lead to cultural erasure.
Community storytelling can be utilized to document what's important to you, the community, or broad international audiences. It is a meaningful way to document community projects and processes or even preserve vital teachings and practices of homeland Knowledge Keepers in a way that honours the holistic needs of Indigenous communities.
Community storytelling includes professional photography, videography (optional), interviewing, and story crafting while following cultural protocols and trauma-informed practices. Story crafting also includes making stories come to life through digital art, graphics, and audio recordings of the stories for accessibility purposes.
*It's important to note that for stories that record teachings, practices, or otherwise, all copyright belongs to the community at no extra cost. Indigenous communities deserve to retain their data and stories. Your syilx Sisters will not keep any documentation unless mutual consent exists and only within the sister's homelands. When outside of the sister's homelands, they will not retain any of the cultural data to respect data sovereignty. Knowledge must stay alive, and it is equally critical that cultural protocols while recording knowledge and teachings are consensual and in line with protocol.
Audience research and persona development
We research who your audience is and develop several personas that reflect the communication needs of your audience. This will empower you to speak to each persona, ensuring information is highly accessible to those you engage with.
Social Media and Publishing Strategies
Offering both short-term (six months) and long-term (12 months) strategies
Content development: copywriting materials, digital art and design, photography
Includes visual assets and guidelines to carry out projected goals utilizing a publishing strategy tailored for each platform with a publishing package built into your calendar to provide effortless posting.
Desktop Publishing & Copywriting Services
Includes copywriting, material development and design using syilx illustrations and graphics. Includes posters, reports, stories/blogs, brochures, flyers etc.
Record audio versions of your stories or reports to ensure that critical information is accessible to those you engage with.
Organize community engagements, strategize meeting format, video record roundtable discussions for the preservation of knowledge, and encapsulate conversations as they happen around particular topics (if requested and if it falls in line with cultural protocols to do so).
Communicate out results of engagements through story and graphic art.
Visual Supports and Applications
Offer high-resolution photography, videography, and graphic illustrations/art. For each visual offering, Your syilx Sisters provide creative direction and consent form development for the organization. During their practice, they ensure that cultural protocols are honoured and followed. Included in this, organizations will receive copyright and exclusive rights to images.
Communication and Campaign Strategy Development
The sisters specialize in creating communication plans and strategies for your business or unique campaigns and projects. They use their expertise in trauma-informed and culturally aware practices to deliver tailored, unique content, imagery, social media strategies built into your calendar, and publishing strategies for each campaign deliverable.
Mentorship-Big Sister Advice
The sisters team up and offer mentorship and joint expertise in facilitating group discussions and/or group work.
In mentorship, the sisters are your big sisters and only a call away to support you in furthering your knowledge around culturally appropriate information or communication delivery. We hold a safe space for all questions. During mentorship time we can also support the team in content development training, media training, press writing, etc.
Sensitivity Reading & Cultural Editing
Read over pre-written materials and suggest edits so messaging is trauma-informed and culturally sensitive while streamlining the company voice as defined by the branding kit (if one is available, but not necessary).
Who we've worked with
Tŝilhqot’in National Government