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Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
6:30pm to 7:45pm

Live Event on Zoom


Join family constellations facilitator & editor Lisa Iversen with essayists Sharon Halfnight, Karin Konstantynowicz, and Sabine Olsen, in conversation moderated by Ontario-based Rosalba Stocco about Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor: Essays on Life and Lineage by white Women.

For over two decades, family constellations facilitator and therapist Lisa Iversen has been working with groups, including descendants of ancestors who have perpetrated harm or been victimized in circumstances of injustice. In this anthology, she brings together twelve white women from the US, Canada, and UK, exploring the role of whiteness in movements of immigration, colonialism, slavery, and war in their family histories. Their hopeful, humanizing stories disentangle themes of innocence, grief, privilege, race, and belonging in a landscape of individual-collective healing.

Essays written by Sonya Lea, Karin Konstantynowicz, Anne Hayden, Summer Starr, Kate Regan, June BlueSpruce, Sabine Olsen, Carole Harmon, Christina Greené, Sharon Halfnight, Una Suseli O'Connell, and Pam Emerson.

“These are really good writers. Clear-eyed women who have faced up to the challenges of identity and reveal themselves with great descriptions...understanding human nature’s wisdom and belonging, finding the order and balance in generations of family stories.”

~ Donna Livingstone, CEO of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies

“There is much work to be done by democratic nations founded on violence, such as the United States and Canada, to urgently equalize and make reparations for the intergenerational effects of land and lives being taken. These are stories that need to be told…[and] locate us on the ground in our own lives...These stories open a doorway to learn to witness...Thank you to each for the courage to model moving out of denial.”

~ Sandra Semchuck, author of The Stories Were Not Told: Canada's First World War Internment Camps, and recipient of the Governor General Award for Visual & Media Arts

"These essays are a wonderful primer in how to grapple with the truth…[They] demonstrate how to search your heart for the truths within your family and history, and how to hold [them] so that you and others might heal and work toward justice."

~ Gretchen Schmelzer, PhD, author of Journey Through Trauma

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