Carla Angela Ferrer is helping organizations and communities imagine new possibilities and ways to realize them.
Kamusta, ako ay si Carla (How are you, my name is Carla).
I immigrated to Canada in my early twenties, honing my skills over the span of 15 years as an administrative professional in the communications, marketing, and nonprofit sectors. Today I am actively involved in work that centers and embodies liberation for Black, Indigenous, racialized, 2SLGBTQ+ and disabled communities in Canada, and environmental, human rights, and Indigenous issues in my homeland of the Philippines.
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My natural propensity for project management and deep understanding of systems, combined with my liberation-focused approach empower me to guide organizations whose work is grounded in anti-oppression and social justice understand ways they can truly carry out these mandates - both inside and out.
It’s often said that the non-profit sector is its own industrial complex - delivering benevolent missions, yet duplicating the same exploitative practices found in the for-profit sector, both within the organization and towards its external stakeholders. Despite repeated anti-oppression training and diversity and inclusion initiatives, for many, things never seem to feel good - at what point do we admit we are complicit in enacting oppression within our organizations and in our community work?
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Honoring my teachers and the land
I am very grateful to the many teachers: elders, peers, youth, children, animals, natural elements, ancestors and others who have guided me and continue to guide and support me on my path to healing myself and in turn helping to heal community. Many of my teachers are family members, relatives, and friends whose names and teachings I hold close to my heart. Others who I have crossed paths with in one way or another, and are active in their work publicly, are listed in this living and growing list found by clicking this link. I learn every day from others I engage with in this work - I deeply believe we all learn from one another.
I am extremely privileged to have settled and reside as a guest on the traditional territories of the Wendake-Nionwentsïo (Huron-Wendat), the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, the Anishnaabe, and the Haudenosaunee, just north of Tkaronto, colonially known as Toronto, on Turtle Island, or so-called Canada. Thanks to them and their generous teachings, I have strengthened my own relationship to our plant kin, who I tend to, as they tend to me. To learn about whose lands you reside on as a settler, and the various treaties (if any) that mark its history, visit http://native-land.ca.