Stepping Up

Stepping Up: A Learning Journey for Settler Canadians

As Settler (non-Indigenous) Canadians working with Horizons Community Development Associates we believe that most non-Indigenous Canadians want to ‘Step-Up’ and take part in the journey toward reconciliation. But this desire is often blocked by fear, confusion, and uncertainty; we wonder what we can possibly do, we think we don’t know enough, we fear that we might say or do the wrong thing and make matters worse. Gathering together as Settlers helps move us beyond these feelings and hesitations to a place of accountability and action.


Horizonshas developed a variety of ways for Settlers to come together. A citizenship education course entitled Stepping Up: A Learning Journey for Settler Canadians was offered in 2018 and 2019 and we hope to be able to offer this again when face to face gatherings are permitted. This course is currently being offered in an online format. Further information about this course can be found here. (link coming soon)


We also offer professional development opportunities and/or short presentations structured to meet the needs of non-profits, institutions, businesses, community groups or other organizations. Please click the following links for more information about our professional development and community education opportunities.


Please contact if you are interested in starting these important conversations within your community, organization, or institution.



Participant Testimonials

The course provided the true history of the Colonization of First Nations people by the British, as well as interactive and powerful exercises. It equipped me with the knowledge and experiential processes to examine my hidden biases and incorrect assumptions. It also empowered me to engage in conversations and initiatives to be a participating Treaty person advancing Truth & Reconciliation within my small sphere of influence.


There is so much that “we”/settlers need to do before we can actually be ready to engage in something as significant as reconciling.


Truth and Reconciliation means so much more to me now. I realize and admit I have a much larger role to play in the entire matter. We all do. I understand that almost every benefit I have in my life came at a great cost to the Indigenous peoples of Canada, and that there were many uncomfortable truths that were hidden throughout history on the part of settlers.


I do not think Reconciliation can take place until we learn these truths, accept them as our history and then take action in positive, thoughtful and respectful ways.