Anyone looking at a map knows that the clean line which marks the separation between countries does not reflect reality. So it is with CRR Global communities on this continent and across the world.
As neighbouring countries sharing the same long border, Canada and the United States cannot help but affect one another. The relationship between us doesn’t fit into tidy outlines. Edges blur across geography and in relationship, as complex systems interact.
Recently, our parent company CRR Global has been exploring ways to simplify the experience for our clients and community. This means that starting in 2023, we will be relaxing geographic boundaries and sharing more spaces between these communities.
Much of the work we do as relationship systems workers lies in dismantling barriers while continuing to recognize vital differences in perspective. Just as in coaching Landswork with systems, the goal is to create a shared land which will also honor individual identities.
Like siblings in the same family, the experiences of Canadians and Americans are similar but not the same. We share the common language of English, but spell the words differently. Both countries hold a rich variety of cultures and grapple with issues of diversity, inclusion and equity, but the details vary. Residents of the United States recognize Martin Luther King Day and Juneteenth, while Canadians honor the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation and the tragic legacy of the residential school system.
In coming together, we must embrace the concept of both/and rather than either/or thinking - acknowledging that while there is no one preferable way to be, we can co-create a space between us in which all are welcome.
What does this mean for those in the United States and Canada?
In leaning into the overlap, we are focusing our attention on what unifies rather than divides, and moving from the dichotomy of either/or and into the possibilities of what we can create together. We invite you to join in this exploration with us.
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