Leading By Giving

Speaking at the International Conference on the Gift Economy, Jeanette Armstrong explained Nsilxcn words for concepts not easily expressed in English: For example, a duty towards the mutually sustaining balance of diversity on the land and in human communities; gift-giving as the essence of humanity; and a type of cultural communication in which leadership means listening, and its challenge is to find a solution that satisfies the most diverse views.

Jeanette Armstrong, author and founder of the En’owkin Centre, an Indigenous cultural, educational and creative arts institution in Penticton, BC, Canada.