Chief Robert Joseph Hereditary Chief of the Gwa wa enuk First Nation and Ambassador to Reconciliation Canada
The world has much to learn about reconciliation between indigenous people and their colonizers – the oppressed and their oppressors so to speak. Jessie Sutherland’s book, Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflicts From The Inside Out may well be the insight that provides the greatest potential for bringing about the needed healing and reconciliation that must take place. It has the potential to provide the spark required to bring real peace, balance, and harmony…Heart by heart, family by family, community by community is the most appealing way to bring about reconciliation and this I have learned from Ms. Sutherland.
James Tully PhD author of Strange Multiplicity: constitutionalism in an age of diversity
Jessie Sutherland’s work is at the frontiers of critical academic research and civic activism today.
Dr. Ihab Banabila phD in European Law, University of Montpellier, France
Jessie Sutherland clearly and thoroughly analyses the complexities of reconciliation. Her unique approach emphasizes both the psychological and systemic aspects of deep-rooted conflict. She proposes a new and workable way of transforming cycles of conflict and domination into those of reconciliation. This brilliant work establishes a foundation applicable equally to intercultural as well as international relations.
Astrid Stuckelberger PhD Public Health School, University of Geneva, Switzerland, United Nations representative in Geneva for the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)
Bringing human consciousness to a higher degree of vision is a guarantee of better understanding, better communication, better common vision and thus the seeds of lasting peace and serenity… The work Jessie Sutherland is pursuing is an exceptional contribution those so needed new steps on the way to humanize the planet to its highest degree!
Harley Eagle Indigenous Justice and Dismantling Racism Specialist
In my experience in the realm of conflict resolution whether it be interpersonal, community, organizational, institutional, or systemically based I am often confronted with the lack of understanding that there are different ways of viewing the world and life. Jessie Sutherland’s work in presenting worldview skillbuilding is essential for laying the foundation for transformation to relationships that are mutual and genuine.
Jim Field Ph.D, C.Psych.(AB)
Jessie Sutherland has made an enlightened and significant contribution to the understanding of the difficult but necessary transition from the cycle of victim-offender to one of living with greater compassion and justice. Her pains-taking work has depth and is extensive, challenging us to move more fully towards ‘We are One’ on this planet.
John Paul Lederach Professor of International Peacebuilding and Director of Peace Accords Matrix
This book offers a fresh, insightful and great contribution to the field. I immediately requested one for my library.
Louise Gauthier Dialogue Participant
Thank you so much again for the valuable gifts you bring to others and for having the courage to be a “bringer of the
space” where we can all exchange stories, potentially transform suffering and despair, and make new, healthy meaning. I’m grateful we had the chance to meet.
Justine Hwang The Grace Project
The exercises we did in the Finding Home™ community dialogue and that we took home with us in the workbook were helpful in making a potentially vague concept very concrete, practical and relevant.
Val MacDonald, Director seniors services society, director
What the Finding Home seniors’ dialogues do so remarkably well is to open the inner voice to better understand what promotes quality of life. I was touched by how simple yet how profound the seniors’ responses were to topics such as housing and safety.
Donna Livingston Executive Director, HR MacMillan Space Centre
The small group format worked particularly well with this topic. If the six of us had met at a cocktail party to discuss housing or homelessness, it might have been interesting, but not memorable. But because we were talking about home in an intimate, storytelling way, we leapfrogged over conventional boundaries to create real and immediate meaning. Thank you for that. I’ll carry those stories with me.
Honourable Senator Roméo Dallaire Former UN Force Commander, Former Senate Member
This is exactly what has to happen. The concept of finding that home, that serenity, that reference point from
which you can build your hope and can in fact provide future generations with an ability to do more is absolutely essential.
Mary Gavan Storyteller, West End Community Centre
It showed that a lot of effort went into the day and it made me feel cherished.
Honourable Senator Roméo Dallaire Former UN Force Commander, Former Senate Member
We are on the right road. This is exactly what’s got to happen. The concept of finding that home, that serenity, that reference point from which you can… build your hope, that can in fact provide future generations with an ability to do more is absolutely essential.
Jabbar al Janabi Interdisciplinary Arts, ANU
Home is you and I. Home is an action to respect everything around. Finding Home Collaborative Learning Day is proof of that.
I have been homeless for 4 months. Through participating in the Finding Home™ workshops, I’ve begun to respect myself and gain a lot of confidence.
Jessie and her message are an inspiration of hope and challenge to engagement, for today and tomorrow.
I highly recommend Finding Home™ as it brings out locked in anger and when released gives a feeling of wellness and understanding.
Yoshie Ikema Okinawa, Japan
Worldview Strategies dialogues helped me gain wisdom, support and courage to visualize the results we want for our projects. This was an eye-openning moment for me.
Catherine Leach Kitsilano Neighbourhood House, Executive Director
Our community enjoyed enormous success with the Finding Home™ Initiative, connecting with over 70 youth and youth service providers and amongst other things completing the Westside Youth Asset Mapping Project.
Chief Robert Joseph Hereditary Chief of the Gwa Gwa Enuk First Nations and Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada
Remembering Home is important…it speaks to a time and place. It gives meaning and purpose to our lives.
Joan Seniors’ Dialogue Participant
It means a lot to me to know someone cares that we are comfortable in our homes.
Bette Rumble Dialogue Participant
Jessie helps us find home within ourselves, and then we take that sense of home out into the community.
Gloria Diaz Pacific Immigrants Services Society
This is the most democratic experience that I have had in the 30 years that I have lived in Canada.
Madeleine Dionne Stout Kehewin First Nation and Aboriginal Health Development consultant
The Jewish – Aboriginal dialogue was a very impressive way of getting people to talk about sensitive issues with hope and transparency.
The highlight for me was feeling uncomfortable and out of place when I entered – feeling part of the whole when I left.
I now consider more carefully the ways in which different people think about home or attempt to build secure places for themselves.
Andrea Dearborn Seattle
Since the Finding Home™ Community Dialogue, whenever I am in conflict, I have been thinking through what is the core value that I am holding on to so strongly and what is the other person’s core value.
Frieda Hogg Dialogue Participant
Jessie is an excellent listener and facilitator. She asked very stimulating questions and brought interesting ideas that made us think. It was nice to sit and talk about such an interesting topic.
Paula Jardine Artist
Being in that room with those people was powerfully regenerative for me.
I am currently dealing with a difficult employee complaint and since this training, a few pennies dropped about where this person may be coming from.
My entire team was deeply moved by this training. We all softened and remembered the crucial importance of walking softly with one another.
This training helped me understand the importance to continue talking to develop key relationships, particularly with issues where it has been a challenge to achieve agreement. Since the training, I am avoiding the temptation to work with some groups in order to achieve shorter term outcomes.
I now appreciate the insights gained by talking in person instead of relying on email.
Insights from taking Worldview Strategies training helped me re-focus a major public event.
I now have more patience and understanding for the views of my colleagues.
Since Jessie Sutherland’s training, I am making more of an effort to help fellow employees ‘connect the dots’ in terms of understanding organizational policies and how our actions impact the well being of our company and the people we serve.
Maureen Houghton Gordon House, training participant
Jessie has a very engaging and interactive approach and extremely knowledgeable about our diverse client base – which made the training very relative to my needs.
Mary Swalla Holmes Program Director - Mallard Island
Jessie Sutherland has a gift for generating “ah-ha” moments. Her gentle questioning and invitation to go deeper into yourself provides a powerful means of transformation. I have benefited by moving toward healthier personal and professional relationships since my participation in her workshop on Mallard Island. Thanks, Jessie!
Joe Paddock Author of Keeper of the Wild: The Life of Ernest Oberholtzer, USA
It was on a remote island on the Minnesota-Ontario border that I was so fortunate as to experience Jessie Sutherland’s Worldview workshop. Her involvement in conflict resolution has taken Jessie to far-flung, troubled places, and throughout the workshop her breadth of experience and depth of commitment informed the worldview concepts she introduced. We explored the nature of human-centered, Earth-centered, and God-centered world views, and I continue to be struck by how fully our planet’s ongoing conflicts can be explained by differences contained in those world views. Jessie is a healing presence, and her vision does much to clarify the issues of a troubled world.
Charlotte Kerelko MSW, USA- Director of Kids Closet of Duluth
Jessie Sutherland’s four day training was extremely practical. Jessie Sutherland helped me see how the analysis and strategies applied to my personal life and relationships as well as to macro settings. She has a great combination of expertise and caring that make her subject come alive! I am using the concepts and skills in my role as director of a charity
Faith Magwood Vancouver Island
Jessie Sutherland’s course dissolves outdated paradigms regarding human conflict and misunderstanding. She offers hope for the development of a new and more useful paradigm, and she gives students the encouragement they need to “hand out” in the scary spaces between the paradigms, while the old one dissolves and a new one develops. It is an amazing and exhilarating journey.
Sandra Lee Aldis Gabriola Island
Jessie’s course educated me on the meaning of worldviews and reconciliation and gave me insight into the importance of how internal change can affect my relationships, my community and my place in the world. Through exercises, group discussion and private discussion, I was able to understand what I need to pay attention to in myself so that I can contribute more effectively to my community. Through Jessie’s entertaining stories, light humour and extensive experience and knowledge, I got a glimpse of what a world of equality among nations might look like if we follow Jessie’s lead and carry on as if it’s already happened. Her inspiration and determination will surely transform the world.
Don Walden Program Director, Police Recruit Training, JIBC Police Academy
Jessie Sutherland was the lead Diversity instructor in our Police Recruit Training Program. The topic of Diversity has historically been one of the most challenging ones facing our instructors. Jessie was able to draw on her unique experience building inclusive communities to develop and deliver an innovative four-stage values-based approach to Diversity. She turned one of the most challenging topics in our police training program into one of our most effective.
Jessie’s approach to the topic of Diversity was based on an adult-learning model. She took the time to get to know the backgrounds of the participants in order to provide the most valuable learning experience possible. She had the recruits begin by exploring their own attitudes and behaviors so each recruit could reflect on aspects of their own lives to learn to apply the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required for the cross-cultural problem solving, communication, and networking that is so important in all aspects of police work. This approach brought real meaning to each recruit’s learning experience.
I made it a point to sit in on Jessie’s sessions because they were so interesting. I learned a lot about each recruit because they were often discussing how teaching points pertained to them individually. I still use Jessie’s theories pertaining to Diversity in my own teaching sessions, appropriately referenced of course.
Niketu Iralu Nagaland, Northeast India, Centre for Dialogue and Reconciliation, New Delhi
I was inspired after taking Jessie Sutherland’s workshop. Her exercises and teachings about “indicators for false reconciliation” confirmed for me that the reconciliation my friends and I have been striving to achieve for our people and conflict-torn region on the Indo-Myanmar border is rooted at the right depth and based on the right values and principles. I highly recommend this workshop for anyone serious about genuine dialogue, healing and reconciliation. The world needs such conviction, faith, and commitment.
Anne Nguyen MD
Jessie Sutherland is a visionary. Her work on reconciliation draws upon decades of international work for peace and justice, and compliments it with her synthesis of the most cutting edge-scholarly research in the fields of dispute resolution and intercultural dialogue. Like the great Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, she is able to present profound and transformative insights, in simple, digestible format. As a result, those who attend her lectures and workshops leave feeling empowered, and equipped with practical tools that they can use to become instruments of transformation in their own communities.
Nabila Alibhai Kenya
Engaging and energetic, Jessie Sutherland personalizes global challenges through enabling a true understanding of reconciliation and conflict transformation. I left her workshop with a greater understanding of how to bring about successful reconciliations at both the personal and political levels. Jessie’s uncanny talent for teasing out self-realizations will undoubtedly transform your approach to resolving conflicts.
Fessaha Weri Council Member Initiatives of Change
I have attended one of Jessie Sutherland’s workshops in Ottawa, Canada. Her research and presentation in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation is very impressive. She is committed to her work. I have come from a background of political conflicts, genocide, hatred and bitter vengeance. I found her presentation inspiring and a tool to work with in my native Africa.
Len Sawatsky Manitoba
Jessie Sutherland presents a balanced and harmonized approach to bringing about reconciliation. All four aspects of the individual (mind, heart, body and spirit) are delicately and profoundly brought together. It is poetry for peacemakers, a rhythm of inner growth and direct action in this world.
Maureen Houghton Gordon House
Jessie has a very engaging and interactive approach and extremely knowledgeable about our diverse client base — which made the workshop very relative to my needs.
Logan Pahl Community Conflict Resolution
I really enjoyed how Jessie engaged the group in discussion rather than just lecturing, in order for there to be change there is a need for discussion. I felt that the ideas expressed by Jessie, as well as facilitating though provoking dialogue. This presentation was very inspiring and very much appreciated… Thanks.
I really enjoyed the keynote and the morning address! You provided the opportunity to share and …you brought the whole emphasis of fostering a restorative worldview down to our level. It was neat that humour and laughter played a key part in your presentation.
Lynda Brind Dickson Seniors Services Society
The Finding Home™ presentation and material was beautifully simple and impactful. I was struck by how engaged the audience was with Jessie Sutherland’s humanistic presentation style.
Anne Nguyen MD
Jessie Sutherland is a visionary. Her work draws upon decades of international work for peace and justice, and compliments it with her synthesis of the most cutting edge-scholarly research in the fields of dispute resolution and intercultural dialogue. Like the great Zen Master, Thich Nhat Hanh, she is able to present profound and transformative insights, in simple, digestible format. As a result, those who attend her presentations leave feeling empowered, and equipped with practical tools that they can use to become instruments of transformation in their own communities.
Rebecca Turnacliffe, CEO, BC Recreation and Parks Association
Thank you Jessie for a truly insightful and perspective-changing presentation. Your skills at relationship building and trust establishment were clearly demonstrated. We so appreciate you sharing your insights, time and expertise on Aboriginal Engagement at our annual conference.
Mary Braken Fairview Community Restorative Justice
I love the way Jessie thinks. Her use of metaphor creates pictures that explain and open question for the meanings of “WORD”, then her definitions that further detail that picture. Her energy and spirituality radiates crossing all cultural or life experience barriers.
Christien Kaaij, United Way of the Lower Mainland
Jessie is very passionate about her work and has the capacity to deal with complex and challenging situations. She is a great facilitator and has the ability to enable multiple voices to be heard in complicated processes.
Rick Dubras, Richmond Addictions Services
Working with Jessie enabled us to put on our best event yet through engaging culturally diverse communities to work together to address the overdose crisis.