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Our Previous Work

What would it look like to bring Ikake Rising into your work? Have a look at these previous projects of ours to get a sense of how we collaborate, and what the outcomes can look like...

Mapping the Needs and Visions of Community Groups | Through focus groups and graphic harvesting 

Natali worked with SAC Kingston on the Intersectionality Project aimed at creating more intersectional and responsive supports for survivors of sexual violence. Along with facilitating talking circles/focus groups, this work involved creating these visual maps as a more accessible form of sharing the stories and journeys of the communities involved in this work.

Supporting Indigenous Seed Sovereignty | Creating a logo and designing & revising a business plan for Indigenous-led Ga Gitigemi Gamik

By bringing our skills in organisational and strategic planning together with our design work we were able to support Celeste Smith, Founding Director of Ga Gitigemi Gamik, in sharing the inspiring story of her work with potential partners, funders and wider audiences still.

The Deep Roots Ceilidh|

A gathering to share tangible practices to return to our pre-colonial, land-based identities and to work towards solidarity with Indigenous land defenders.

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Sometimes we can get burnt out by our work as organisers, activists, community support people and our struggles can feel like mountains impossible to cross. So its important to celebrate and to indulge in pre-industrial, pre-colonial forms of gathering and sharing. Ikake Rising CoFounder Ben brought together the first Deep Roots Ceilidh in the summer of 2023 to bring to people of mixed ancestry pathways back to our pre-colonial selves. It was the biggest turn out OPIRG Guelph had seen since before Covid-19, and an utter blast for everyone involved!

Creating an Educational Toolkit to contribute to the work of addressing systemic injustices within Sexual Violence support services.

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Led by Natali, Ikake Rising worked with the OCRCC through their BIPOC Feminist Counsellors Coalition Building Project to create a toolkit for frontline workers working within Sexual Assault Support Centres across Ontario.

Workshop Series: Unpacking Toxic Masculinity & Moving Towards Collective Healing


In this free online workshop we explored to roots and characteristics of harmful expressions of masculinity and ways to work towards shedding colonial, extractivist notions of masculinity. We then explored what it means to re-member forms of gender that exist outside of capitalism, colonialism and patriarchy.

This workshop featured multiple pathways to learning including:


  • visual resource

  • facilitated dialogue

  • group activities and

  • prompts for individual reflection. 

In workshops addressing toxic forms of masculinity, we invite masculine-identifying folks to take on the bulk of the labour, but welcome all to attend.

Creating an Evaluation & Accountability Framework for Systemic Change across UK Museums

Museums Galleries Scotland is working to make museums and galleries across Scotland more inclusive, accessible and relevant to the voices that have been historically excluded.

We worked with MGS for six months, guiding them in an internal review of their policies, practices and work culture as well as an external look at how they can best build relationships of solidarity with other organisations, community groups and activists across Scotland.

They asked us to create a Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, and we added to this an Accountability Framework, to ensure this work continues to be in the interests of Scotland's marginalised communities.

We also created communications resources, conflict-management toolkits and we carried out train-the-trainer programs for MGS's core team to build their capacity to do this work from an intersectional approach with the tools they would need to address and transform issues such as classism, ableism, racism and sexism. 

Online Anti-Oppressive Facilitation Training for Transnational Organizers


We offered a 3-part training series in Building Inclusive, Engaging & Effective Online Community. This train-the-trainer program, designed for Humanity in Action’s international team of experienced facilitators, explored four main areas:


Facilitator Resources: such as online meeting design principles; purpose, formats and roles for online spaces; creating community norms and agreements; graphic harvesting; grounding and energizing activities; check-ins, check-outs and debriefs; follow ups for online spaces, to maintain momentum and connection.


Accessibility, Inclusion and Creating Brave Spaces: addressing potential barriers to participation; platforms for online spaces; costs; visual and audio accessibility; diversity of facilitators; examining intersectional privilege; cultural sensitivity; transparency and accountability and vulnerability. 


Naming, Intervening and Addressing Systemic Power: with practices to centre systemically silenced voices; challenging power and privilege across participants and facilitators; and engaging and transforming conflict.


Building Engagement & Online Community: with techniques such as Appreciative Enquiry, Agile Facilitation, sharing cultural practices, developing shared ownership and leadership.

Revising and Designing Reports and Research Projects

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Beyond trainings, we work with collectives and organizations to support them in transforming their work and organizing to bring about positive change. In 202, we worked with @peelfoodcouncil to help them share the findings of an extensive community-led research project about barriers to food sovereignty in what is today called Peel Region (Treaty land and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, stewarded for generations by Anishinaabe (Ojibwe/Chippewa), Haudenosaunee and Huron-Wendat peoples).

We took the written report and re-worked it, revising the report itself to speak in a more accessible way as well as taking the findings one step further to name the root causes of systemic food injustices in Peel. This meant engaging in a deeper analysis of white-supremacy, colonialism and capitalist extractivism and their resulting impacts on food systems leading to food injustice issues across so-called Canada.

We also graphically designed the report with images that put faces to the lives and stories of the community members who are often made invisible in Peel’s food system: migrant workers, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour community members, working class farmers / people and immigrants.