Town of Canmore

Courses & Workshops

Community Conversations

Relationships and Righteousness

We shape our world through relationships. And while most people agree we want communities where relationships are built on dignity and respect, respectful interactions are often not what we see modeled in the media and in politics or even in our own communities and homes.

Often, complex conversations with family and friends have high emotional stakes and those conversations are coloured by long, deeply personal histories and experiences and it can feel easier to ‘take the gloves off’ and fight dirty, unconstrained by the politeness usually offered to acquaintances. How might we hold the tension of our differences while working to repair connection and not further deepen division within our circle of family and friends?  June’s Community Conversation will explore just this! Our conversation will help us listen and learn about where we have different opinions, along with shared ideas about how to best navigate time with family & friends (who may not share our view of the world).

Please join us on Thursday, June 17th from 7- 8 p.m. through the Zoom link below. To honour the time of fellow participants and to minimize disruptions, please arrive to the conversation a few minutes early. Once the conversation begins, access to the Zoom link will no longer be available to the public.

Click here for the Zoom link to the Community Conversation. 

This conversation is hosted by Right from the Start and Bow Valley Settlement Services


Is this your first Community Conversation? We welcome all who would like to attend, including and especially those for whom English might be an additional language. Community Conversations are informal conversations between community members, and those who join the conversation can choose to participate as much or as little as they feel comfortable. Here are some of the questions that will help guide the June conversation:

“Have you ever chosen to let someone be “right” to preserve a relationship? Have you ever insisted on being right with your opinion or facts? What happened?”

“How could you prepare yourself to listen with genuine curiosity to your family and friends?”

“When does love supersede politics (and when does it perhaps not)?”

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Wesley First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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