Most Valuable Aspects of This Experience
What I valued the most about my co-op was the opportunity to learn daily from the bright and intellectual minds around me, some of whom have been working with the Ministry for more than ten years. The process of learning included asking questions when I had the chance or sitting back and learning silently from the team.
Consultation and working with First Nations is a humbling experience that involves a lot of learning, “unlearning”, relearning, and self-reflection. A key takeaway from this co-op is the importance of understanding whose land you walk on and the long and complex history associated with it. I find myself now asking: who was here pre-contact? For how long? What are the legends and traditions associated with here? I now carry a small notebook with me to track of all my reflections. It has helped me honor and respect the land I’m on as a newcomer.