About the Aotearoa Foundation
The Courageous Conversation Aotearoa Foundation, a New Zealand registered charitable entity, launched on International Race Relations Day, 21 March 2021 thanks to the support of our founding partners, the Courageous Conversation South Pacific Institute and the Courageous Conversation Global Foundation.
The Courageous Conversation South Pacific Institute provides organisations in New Zealand and Australia a way to examine and address the structures that promote and sustain racial disparity. Together with the Courageous Conversation Global Foundation, the first global Fellows programme was established in Aotearoa and is now part of our community programming.
The Courageous Conversation™methodology has advanced entire systems towards achieving racial equity and inclusion. The Courageous Conversations About Race Protocol™ (the “Protocol”) delivered by the Institute, enables organisations to examine and address, in a direct, compassionate and uncompromising way, the structures that promote and sustain racial disparity. The Institute initiated this crucial work in the South Pacific region and the Foundation offers this programming to communities across Aotearoa.
The Protocol provides leaders and participants with shared language, tools and strategies to engage, sustain and deepen intra- and inter-racial dialogue about race, racism and racial equity. Applicable in both personal and professional contexts, the tools result in profound immediate experiences leading to potentially significant organisational change.
Our work in Aotearoa is grounded in Tiriti-based practice and delivered with two facilitators in the room: tangata whenua and tangata Tiriti. Recognising the interconnectedness of race and racism, colonisation, and the history of denial and dispossession of tangata whenua in Aotearoa, programmes are contextualised in a unique Tiriti-based context. Positioned in the space between current Te Tiriti o Waitangi training and Māori- specific cultural training, the work in Aotearoa serves to be a hoa haere or travelling companion to other professional development offerings relating to cultural responsiveness, mātauranga Māori, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and/or equity and inclusion.