Welcome

We are a group of North American Quakers seeking to learn and act upon the truth of Quaker history with Indigenous Peoples, to acknowledge the wounds resulting from this history for all peoples impacted, and to engage in actions that move toward justice and recognize the dignity of all those concerned. Read more.


Reflections

Learning the Language of Animacy, an excerpt from Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, biologist and Citizen Potawatomi

“I come here to listen, to nestle in the curve of the roots in a soft hollow of pine needles, to lean my bones against the column of white pine, to turn off the voice in my head until I can hear the voices outside it: the shhh of wind in needles, water trickling over rock, nuthatch tapping, chipmunks digging, beechnut falling, mosquito in my ear, and something more—something that is not me, for which we have no language, the wordless being of others in which we are never alone. After the drumbeat of my mother’s heart, this was my first language.” Read more.

Find additional resources for reflection here.


Resources

Find information on Indigenous history and rights, past and current Quaker roles, discussion guides, action suggestions, and children’s materials. Explore the collection.


News and Events

Working Toward Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples

A second conference calling Quakers to a concern for truth and right relationship with Indigenous Peoples at Pendle Hill, a Quaker Center for Study, Retreat and Conferences in Wallingford, PA.

This conference has been rescheduled to Thursday evening, August 27 to Sunday noon, August 30, 2020. Please save the (re-scheduled) date. For more information, follow the link above or call John Meyer at Pendle Hill.

Berkeley Friends Meeting posted an acknowledgment of the traditional homeland of the Ohlone. Read the story of their process here.
Canadian Friends Service Committee publication on Territory Acknowledgment
The Canadian Friends Service Committee has created a 2-page guide to Territory Acknowledgment.  This handout supports conversations about the places where we all live, work, play and worship, and answers questions about how to (and how not to) acknowledge the Indigenous peoples with deep ties to those lands.

Check here for more local and national news and events.


How Do We Start?

people taking notes

What can we do to understand, acknowledge and heal from the histories that our ancestors lived through – as colonists and Indigenous peoples?

Change is possible and is happening all the time. Be inspired by the resilience of Indigenous peoples who say not only “we are still here,” but also “here’s how our ways sustain us and the earth.” See how people of faith (including Quakers) are acknowledging and dealing with the truth of the past, and moving forward to heal broken relationships. See News and Events here.

Start with a few friends, or a small group from your meeting or community. Take steps to learn about the history that our Indigenous and non-Indigenous ancestors experienced, and explore ways to change the way that history unfolds now and in the future. Find Steps Toward Change here.