HUMMINGBIRDS RISING CONSULTING

We help Non-Indigenous Canadians develop the skills, compassions and abilities to recognize and change systems and practices so they can play an active and meaningful part in Decolonization.

We acknowledge…

We acknowledge that our work predominantly takes place in what is colonially known as Metro Vancouver, on the traditional, occupied and stolen lands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, SENĆOŦEN and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim speaking peoples. We are tremendously grateful for the resistance and resilience of Indigenous Peoples. We would also like to acknowledge the ongoing genocide of Indigenous people by Canada including but not limited to the apprehension of children, Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls, the justice system, and suppression of language and culture.

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Our Services

We provide workshops and consulting services to help folks to remove barriers in their workplaces and systems, creating a more equitable world for all.

What our clients say...

Read how satisfied our past clients have been with our services.

Our Values and Mission

We are champions of equity. Please read more to find out just what we stand for.

Our Story

RHIANNON BENNETT & ANDREA HILDER
Hummingbirds Rising Consulting is the creation of Rhiannon Bennett and Andrea Hilder, two women who desire to help professionals and organizations in all fields improve themselves and build better relations with Indigenous Peoples. We know that to accomplish this, every part of our society must learn to understand Indigenous perspectives. Canadians must especially also understand the ongoing violence of colonization and racism, and their effects upon First Peoples. To that end, we formed Hummingbirds Rising, drawing from our experiences working in education, in governance and with communities to craft workshops that can be customized to any type of organization.

What our clients say…

“The workshop facilitated by Rhiannon and Andrea was a meaningful way for the international participants in the Youth Peace Network to learn about the true history of Canada, and sparked conversations about reconciliation and decolonisation efforts around the world. It was exciting to see the solidarity forming in the group. I am grateful that the facilitators were able to skilfully hold space for brave and challenging conversations, and highly recommend their workshops.”

Aida Mwanzia

Coordinator, Youth Exchanges Canada & Youth Peace Network, Global Initiatives & Youth Engagement YMCA

“I had the privilege of working with Hummingbirds Rising in my role as the Executive Director of Check Your Head: the Youth Global Education Network. The project focused on diversifying our organization’s youth-led board to include more Indigenous and racialized migrant and refugee youth. Rhiannon and Andrea reviewed our policies and board recruitment processes, interviewed past and potential board members, and worked with our Board Development committee to identify the barriers and to develop the solutions.

They also led a half-day workshop for our board and staff team on the history and ongoing colonization in Canada. We greatly benefited from Rhiannon and Andrea’s guidance throughout this project, as well as their extensive knowledge and deep analysis of these important and complex issues. They were also very generous in sharing their lived experiences and unique perspectives related to the issues we were exploring together. Much gratitude for your loving, wise, and politically astute work: it is truly transformative. 

Vjaliki dzjakui! (‘Big thank you!’ in Belarusian)”

Anastasia Gaisenok

Former Executive Director , Check Your Head