Indigenous Circles at Grow Cowork

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Ribbon Skirt Class

Ribbon Skirt Class

Pledge: C$300.00
Join us to learn how to create a ribbon skirt! Learn the teachings that come with making and wearing one.
Join us to learn how to create a ribbon skirt! Learn the teachings that come with making and wearing one.
Pledge: C$300.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-03-31
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Medicine heart

Medicine heart

Pledge: C$100.00
Receive this gift of a medicine heart, hand beaded by metis artist Tracy Bradley.
Receive this gift of a medicine heart, hand beaded by metis artist Tracy Bradley.
Pledge: C$100.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-03-31
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One Month Free Coworking

One Month Free Coworking

Pledge: C$500.00
We have a fantastic & diverse community of coworkers ranging from researchers and doctoral students to artists, film makers and architects. Our open concept coworking space is a social atmosphere, but one where increased productivity is a side effect. When everyone else is working, it's easier to stay focused This space includes a teaching and networking space with kitchen, couches, chairs, carpets & coffee tables. Some storage is available. We have fast WiFi, projector & screen, smart tv, hotdesks, meeting desks, a laser printer, whiteboard, massage table, tea & coffee, extra folding tables & chairs for larger events. Availability We are currently open concept work and workshop space, in 3000 s/f with kitchen and private offices.
We have a fantastic & diverse community of coworkers ranging from researchers and doctoral students to artists, film makers and architects. Our open concept coworking space is a social atmosphere, but one where increased productivity is a side effect. When everyone else is working, it's easier to stay focused This space includes a teaching and networking space with kitchen, couches, chairs, carpets & coffee tables. Some storage is available. We have fast WiFi, projector & screen, smart tv, hotdesks, meeting desks, a laser printer, whiteboard, massage table, tea & coffee, extra folding tables & chairs for larger events. Availability We are currently open concept work and workshop space, in 3000 s/f with kitchen and private offices.
Pledge: C$500.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-02-01
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Workshop Space for Meeting or Class

Workshop Space for Meeting or Class

Pledge: C$300.00
A perfect space to teach a small class or workshop, or host business meetings. Soft seating with breakout desks & kitchen. Centrally located right beside Chapters on Whyte Avenue. Available by the hour, day, evening and multi-day rates are available. Class Sessions & events: This includes the use of a blue ray DVD player, projector, a smart TV, tables, couches, carpets, coffee & tea, dishwasher and full sized fridge. There is neighbourhood parking on the street or in nearby lots, but not on-site. Liability insurance is required. Child and baby friendly with a change table & toys.
A perfect space to teach a small class or workshop, or host business meetings. Soft seating with breakout desks & kitchen. Centrally located right beside Chapters on Whyte Avenue. Available by the hour, day, evening and multi-day rates are available. Class Sessions & events: This includes the use of a blue ray DVD player, projector, a smart TV, tables, couches, carpets, coffee & tea, dishwasher and full sized fridge. There is neighbourhood parking on the street or in nearby lots, but not on-site. Liability insurance is required. Child and baby friendly with a change table & toys.
Pledge: C$300.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-02-01
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Sponsor a Workshop or Class

Sponsor a Workshop or Class

Pledge: C$500.00
Many members of our community would love the opportunity to share their skills or to learn skills that are traditional. Examples of what people are wanting teachings in are: Moss bag teachings, quill work, caribou tufting, swing teachings and more. Your contribution can bring an elder into the space, provide materials or bring a learner into a greater connection in the community. A perfect space to teach a small class or workshop, or host business meetings. Soft seating with breakout desks & kitchen. Centrally located right beside Chapters on Whyte Avenue. Available by the hour, day, evening and multi-day rates are available. Class Sessions & events: This includes the use of a blue ray DVD player, projector, a smart TV, tables, couches, carpets, coffee & tea, dishwasher and full sized fridge. There is neighbourhood parking on the street or in nearby lots, but not on-site. Liability insurance is required. Child and baby friendly with a change table & toys.
Many members of our community would love the opportunity to share their skills or to learn skills that are traditional. Examples of what people are wanting teachings in are: Moss bag teachings, quill work, caribou tufting, swing teachings and more. Your contribution can bring an elder into the space, provide materials or bring a learner into a greater connection in the community. A perfect space to teach a small class or workshop, or host business meetings. Soft seating with breakout desks & kitchen. Centrally located right beside Chapters on Whyte Avenue. Available by the hour, day, evening and multi-day rates are available. Class Sessions & events: This includes the use of a blue ray DVD player, projector, a smart TV, tables, couches, carpets, coffee & tea, dishwasher and full sized fridge. There is neighbourhood parking on the street or in nearby lots, but not on-site. Liability insurance is required. Child and baby friendly with a change table & toys.
Pledge: C$500.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-03-01
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Birth Doula Services

Birth Doula Services

Pledge: C$1,000.00
Birth Doula Services: A complementary consult, two prenatal visits, birth support, and a postpartum visit) with Reiki treatments & babywearing lesson.
Birth Doula Services: A complementary consult, two prenatal visits, birth support, and a postpartum visit) with Reiki treatments & babywearing lesson.
Pledge: C$1,000.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-02-01
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Childbirth Classes, Preparing for Birth

Childbirth Classes, Preparing for Birth

Pledge: C$350.00
Group Class All In a Day - Preparing for Birth Class Tracy Bradley Doula & Childbirth Classes Preparing for Birth is a complete guide for labor, birth and postpartum education. It combines of three main topics: The Birth Process, Finding Comfort and Following the Birth. Preparing for Birth covers common childbirth education topics including the stages of labor, comfort measures, interventions, postpartum recovery, newborn care and the basics of breastfeeding.
Group Class All In a Day - Preparing for Birth Class Tracy Bradley Doula & Childbirth Classes Preparing for Birth is a complete guide for labor, birth and postpartum education. It combines of three main topics: The Birth Process, Finding Comfort and Following the Birth. Preparing for Birth covers common childbirth education topics including the stages of labor, comfort measures, interventions, postpartum recovery, newborn care and the basics of breastfeeding.
Pledge: C$350.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-02-22
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Support a Circle

Support a Circle

Pledge: C$300.00
We host socials with E2S and crafting Circles with Indigenous Birth of Alberta. With all of our circles, we provide warm food, a smudge bowl, and some crafting supplies, wool, and fabric. The cost for our full-day circles is $175, and double that if we are able to bring in a knowledge keeper to share teachings.
We host socials with E2S and crafting Circles with Indigenous Birth of Alberta. With all of our circles, we provide warm food, a smudge bowl, and some crafting supplies, wool, and fabric. The cost for our full-day circles is $175, and double that if we are able to bring in a knowledge keeper to share teachings.
Pledge: C$300.00
Estimated Delivery: 2020-02-04
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Campaign Description

Grow Centre Cowork and Teaching Space Mandate Learn, create, and connect. At Grow Centre we create an inclusive commuity where our members, guests and community can learn, teach, create and connect in a culturally safe environment. We do that by supporting our members, educators and elders in an environment that is safe for cultural practices, trauma informed learning, and vibrant self expression. Grow Centre Cowork and Teaching Space operated by Paul and Tracy Bradley. Over the last 6 years, Tracy's, as a Metis (MNA) woman, doula and instructor, we has fostered relationships with various teachers, elders and community groups. We provide a safe space for all people including indigenous, two spirit, queer, and ally community members to cowork, learn, create and connect. In our open workspace and our workshop space, we organize and hold space for work, art events & shows, teachings, classes, community circles and other community events. We are here for community members, organizations and elders to share knowledge, work and teach in a culturally safe and inclusive space. These include crafting and knowledge circles with Edmonton 2 Spirit society, knowledge keeper Roxanne Tootoosis, and Indigenous Birth of Alberta. Other full time members include Pansy Poke Collective, a queer collective of handpoke tattoo artists, We have relationships with many artists, creatives, indigenous and metis community members, knowledge keepers and elders. We have a reputation for kindness, connection, knowledge and commitment of several years. We run community circles, events and teachings in a culturally safe place. We have several vibrant communities growing and thriving in our space, with a focus on growing our support of indigenous art and space. We do so when engaged, in the Old Strathcona neighbourhood in Edmonton. This is a welcoming neighbourhood with precious little indigenous representation. We are proud to provide this representation and space south of the river in Edmonton. We are requesting funding for our indigenous skills and traditional knowledge programming. We have several programs that we run including: traditional indigenous birth, fine craft, and knowledge sharing; socials for the two spirit community which provide teachings on beading, sewing traditional garments and knowledge sharing; and, we bring in elders, with protocol and pay to teach on ribbon skirt making, star blanket making, moss bag making and more. Our timeline is running 5 weekly classes for three different groups in the community April through December of 2020. Our current reach is 8000 people per year, and we anticipate being able to double our capacity. With the funding requested we anticipate being able to cover supply and protocol for our our participants and elders. We will measure the value and impact by knowing that by sharing traditional knowledge in an urban setting, we are giving skills and traditions back to each family of each person we serve. There is immeasurable pride in gaining this knowledge to a fragmented and often isolated community. Many of these skills were lost due to residential schools and the foster care system, and our aim is to give a sense of pride to these families as they claim their culture. We will address the root cause of the problem by bringing knowledge and awareness to the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action, specifically those rooted in culture, language, and more. These include #21, 62, 66, 83, and more as our capacity builds. Please see the Calls to Action here: http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

Becoming Grow

Grow Centre Cowork and Teaching Space Mandate

Learn, create, and connect.

At Grow Centre we create an inclusive community where our members, guests and community can learn, teach, create and connect in a culturally safe environment. We do that by supporting our members, educators and indigenous elders in an environment that is safe for cultural practices, trauma informed learning, and vibrant self expression.

We provide a safe space for all people including indigenous, two spirit, QTBIPOC, and ally community members to cowork, learn, create and connect. In our open workspace and our workshop space, we organize and hold space for work, art events & shows, teachings, classes, community circles and other community events.

Founded in 2014, by Tracy and Paul Bradley, Grow Centre began as a teaching and learning space for birthing families learning on their journey. The centre quickly became a source in the community for people looking for an comfortable and professional space to learn or teach classes. Classes include Nehiyawewin (Cree language study groups), Metis beadwork groups and classes, moccasin making, birthing classes, healthcare classes, psychology classes and more. In early 2018 we launched a coworking space, and doubled our square footage later that year. We now are home to over 15 coworkers, and 20 educators creating art, working and teaching in our community space.

Our staff and operators are Tracy Bradley (President), and Paul Bradley (Treasurer), and we are a corporation. We have about 35 members, educators and volunteers.

As we have developed and found our niche, we have found it financially challenging to make and keep up with the demands for our programming to be financially accessible to our members. We offer traditional workshops, involving many elders and knowledge keepers in our community, and the workshops require supplies that can be hard to afford for many we would like to serve. In short, we are looking to subsidize the cost of the many workshops we offer so that they are accessible to the urban indigenous community we serve, without financial barriers to the knowledge that is their birthright.

Indigenous Birth of Alberta

One of our longest standing relationships is with Indigenous Birth of Alberta.  (https://www.indigenousbirthalberta.org/) We have partnered since 2014 when Nadia Houle and Tracy Bradley among others began a journey of ceremony and learning together.  We currently offer weekly breastfeeding and crafting circles, and would like to expand our offerings to include more knowledge and wisdom from our elders.  

Here is the mission for Indigenous Birth of Alberta:

Throughout the 20th century, Indigenous languages, culture, and ceremony were discouraged and forbidden by the Canadian government. This prohibition extended to the practice of midwifery and celebration of birth among Indigenous people, who were forced to abandon their practices and rely on western medicine. Currently, birth outcomes reflect that modern prenatal and postnatal services are inadequate for Indigenous women and families. Furthermore, many Indigenous women report having negative birth experiences, such as having to travel long distances to receive care, or having to deal with racism from hospital staff.

Alberta Indigenous Birth Keepers and Doulas are committed to improving birth for Indigenous women and families. Our mission is to:

  • Advocate for women and families as they navigate the health care system.

  • Deliver prenatal and postnatal community outreach programs that are culturally-appropriate, that incorporate traditional Indigenous

  • Teachings.

  • Revitalize traditional Indigenous reproductive practices.

  • Provide and refer doulas for women and families who request their services.

  • Support our network of birth workers (doulas, midwives, nurses, etc).

  • Create safe birth spaces for Indigenous women and vulnerable populations, in both rural and urban settings, on- and off-reserve/Metis settlement.

By achieving these goals in a good way, we strive to improve birth outcomes and experiences for Indigenous women and families. 

Testimonials

I choose you because you cultivate an atmosphere balanced between comfort, relaxation, calm and focus. It’s a unique space that holds difficult conversations in a way that people feel safe and supported to engage deeply in transformation. Being in the space emphasizes the informal nature of mediation and contrasts the process to the legal system. Philosophically, it’s a space that feels liminal and helps to unsettle old patterns between people and allow for the foundation to be laid to interact in a new more positive way.

Megan McKay, McKay Mediation and Peacebuilding Services

 

Hosting the Sawbonna (living justice work) workshop in the Grow Centre worked well for us. The location is warm and comfortable and the owners made us feel welcome. The space was affordable and I would definitely rent this space again and would be happy to do business here again and recommend it to others.

Dr. Reinekke Lengelle, Athabasca University, The Hague University

 

Having our art show in The Grow Centre was wonderful. The space was suitable, clean, and the owners were welcoming and flexible. The lighting and interior are inviting and very hip and doing business with Tracy was wonderful. The location of the Grow Centre is excellent. I recommend this location for a show, or for classes.

Dr. Reinekke Lengelle, Athabasca University, The Hague University

 

 

I choose Grow Centre because it's a locally owned (indigenous owned as well!) space that is always warm, comfortable, and accommodating. Feels like home while offering extra amenities. 

Skye Fay, Attendee, Nehiyaw practice and Indigenous Birth of Alberta Circles

 

 

I chose to begin my venture at Grow Centre because of the atmosphere, buzzing with energy but so grounded. Back to basics, home-like but without the distraction of the life stuff. A place to set intention and follow through. I’m so happy my little tattooing space vision grew and took flight with fresh eyes. Grow centre is a gem for creatives in Edmonton. Thanks so much for being the community builders that you are!

Jennifer Wilson, Coworker

 

 

Grow is a wonderful space and offers a sense of community for makers - such warm welcoming and nurturing feel

Alice Olefse, Coworker, Knitting group attendee.

 

Relationships in community. (On why Grow is important to her)

Georgina M, Community member

 

The warmth and comfort of the space, and the way it is set up is perfect for deep connection.  (On why Grow is important to her)

Krystle Ash, Owner of Golden Lotus Center, Workshop Facilitator at Grow.

 

 

Management Team

Tracy Bradley

Tracy Bradley

Director and Artist

Tracy Bradley is a Metis artist from Treaty 6, certified reiki master, an hypnosis instructor, and a doula with Indigenous Birth of Alberta. Tracy has been working with stones since childhood when her grandfather passed his love of jewellery making onto her; watching the stones be tumbled and then be made into things of beauty! She has been taught beading by her sister. Her pieces, inspired by her name ᐊᐢᑮᕀᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ askiyiskwew, are uniquely combined for their energetic qualities and for their relationship to the earth. ​ Tracy uses traditional metis beadwork, sculpted wool felt, natural stones, upcycled fur, birch bark, fibres, canvas, acrylic, watercolour, ink, oils and canvas as mediums. She writes poetry and stories, and enjoys ceremony as a means of learning, connecting, health and inspiration.
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Paul Bradley

Paul Bradley

Director of Operations

Paul brings enthusiastic support to all of the circles, classes, coworkers, clients and events we host here. He is host, coffee runner, honourary uncle, sometimes babysitter, and a complete wiz when it comes to customizing our space with ambitious construction projects. We couldn't do this without him.
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Jan 31, 2020

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Jan 28, 2020
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