The WGC has set a strong intention to create an ever-widening circle of safety and inclusion and to explore a social justice lens within Wilderness Rites of Passage.  We recognize the dynamics of privilege and oppression wherein specific identities are systematically marginalized on cultural and institutional levels in a way that creates inequity, physical and emotional violence and threats of violence, and personal and ancestral pain.  We seek to align with the “mainstream” in the forms and ways that this is changing and to be counter-cultural in the ways that it is not.  We seek to integrate skillful means, while creating space for learning, mistake making, and the profound and necessary work of harm and repair.  We assert that absolute safety is neither attainable or even desirable – as a certain amount of discomfort promotes growth.  Rather, relative safety means that each member of this community is worthy of being deeply listened to, and when there is harm we commit to attempts at repair.  We intend to be a microcosm of openness and healing, creating a loving space for all voices, identities, and life-ways.  We seek to be a living, dynamic system; an ecology wherein all beings are valued and whose gifts can be brought fully into the community.
This is a team of people identified as “point persons” for ANY issues that may come up around safety and inclusion.  Each member on the team is here to listen to your experience, needs, and concerns and to seek a resolution, when possible.  Please do not hesitate to reach out no matter what is stirring for you around feeling a sense of relative safety, ground, and place here at the gathering.     

This is a work in progress.  We would love it if ideas come forward to generate a practical guide for Rites of Passage Guides and Programs to grow their skills in creating more inclusive spaces in their councils and programs. 
Here are a few important points so far:
  1. Continue to engage the dialogue and support one another’s growth and understanding
  2. Learn about the history of the land upon which you gather, including the painful cultural histories and include this somewhere in your programs
  3. When we hold a ceremony provide some background of the elements being “pan cultural” and when possible acknowledge any cultures that contributed to the re-membering in today’s world
  4. Learn ways to grow your use of language to be more inclusive of all genders, to be anti-racist, and honoring of religious and other diversity needs.  Attend to needs of class, accessibility
  5. Explore the demographics of your programs and become curious how you attend to class and accessibility needs
  6. Look into how your forms and registration materials reflect socially just values