Join us online for the Access to Media Education Society’s 24th Annual General Meeting. We recognize the turbulent waters we’re in. This virtual gathering is a chance to safely connect with members of the extended AMES family. Hear what we’ve been up to this year and what’s to come. Celebrate the power of creativity to disrupt the ‘conventional current’. Creative reflection activities include facilitation by Lateral Liberation practitioner Kim Haxton, and a reading by Ivy Edad. Kim Haxton (Potowatomi from the Wasauksing First Nation) has worked across Turtle Island and abroad in various capacities, always emphasizing local leadership development toward genuine healing. In her work with IndigenEYEZ, a creative arts based organization she co-founded, Kim works with Indigenous communities toward decolonization and lateral liberation. Grounded in the arts and the natural world for embodied awareness and facilitated rites of passage, Kim develops trauma recovery, diversity and anti-oppression education, land-based education and leadership in corporate and non-profit agencies for the past 25 years. Kim Haxton will facilitate a few classic AMES workshop activities, which will give folks attending opportunities to connect, creatively reflect, and share insights in small groups. Ivy Edad, emerging poet, and AMES ‘Communications Coordinator’, will kick off the evening with a ‘fresh off the presses’ poem, and creatively close the AGM. Ivy Edad is a Filipinx writer born in Manila Philippines. In 2014, they moved to the stolen territories of Katzie, Semiahmoo, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem, Qayqayt, and Tsawwassen First Nations. Ivy has performed in various stages including the finals of CFSW in 2019 as part of Kwantlen Poetry Project. Their work can be found in pulpMAG, and various other publications. Ivy attributes her relationship to words with an indecisive lover. She writes to make words love her back, and revels in the rejection she constantly receives. AMES has been in restorative mode for the past several months, but intergenerational food, plant, and medicine knowledge-sharing work has continued with our Penelakut friends through “Digital Forage”. The spring of 2020 saw the release of the first batch of rad ‘ChARTing Change’ videos. Some of the many things unfolding in the coming months include: Recruitment of youth for the next chapter of ChARTing Change (to make videos that prompt conversations about equity in classrooms), the launch of an Art Contest for high-school aged youth (with prizes like AirPods, and iPads), and online versions of some of our favourite HumanEYES Activities (featuring Rup Singh Sidhu and Kim Villagante).