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Working Toward Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples
An Update on the Six-Part Series
Webinar # 5, Healing from Intergenerational Trauma is coming up on October 12. Speakers are Elecia Goodsoldier and Cante’ Waste Win (Good Hearted Woman). See a full description of the session, and the bios for our two leaders.
October 12, 2020 – 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time. You can find more details and register for this individual webinar on the Pendle Hill website.
This series has included rich information on:
- Sovereignty and tribal government Relations in the United States and Canada;
- Implementing the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
- Cultural Appreciation vs. Appropriation/Misappropriation; and
- Solidarity, Guidance for Engagement.
The final session will be on Truth and Healing on October 26 from 7:30 to 9:00
Our presenters will be Marie Wilson, Denise Altvater, Esther Anne, and Penthea Burns.
People from all over Canada and the U.S. have been participating in the webinar series via Zoom. Additional resource materials to support these discussions have been be posted on the Pendle Hill website .
Co-sponsored by Pendle Hill, Decolonizing Quakers, Canadian Friends Service Committee, and Friends Peace Teams/Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples.
Indigenous History Series
Bridgewater State University’s Indigenous History Conference is offered this year in the form of nine webinar sessions, each about 3 or 3.5 hours. Opening sessions for the series begin on Saturday October 3 and Sunday October 4. The series is then scheduled mostly for Sunday mornings in October and November. The line-up of Indigenous and non-Indigenous presenters is outstanding. The topics will include Indigenous origin stories and histories that most of us have never heard. Find out more and sign up for one, a few, or all nine session at the link above. All sessions are free, but you must register.
“I believe that we have the capacity to create a world that is compassionately intent on preserving the integrity of all life in a harmonious balance. And that the Sacred Instructions for creating that world exist within every one of us right now and are waiting to be called forth…” by Sherri Mitchell, Penobscot Nation, excerpts from introduction to Sacred Instructions: Indigenous Wisdom for Living Spirit-Based Change . Read more from the Sacred Instructions introduction, and see the author speak about her book and the lessons that led her to write it.
Find additional resources for reflection here.
Some Good News in Indian Country
July 2020 has delivered some surprising and encouraging headlines. Check out the stories here on
- the Supreme Court affirming the treaty obligations of the United States toward the Muscogee (Creek) in Oklahoma
- the Dakota Access pipeline encountering tough legal hurdles
- the Washington football team changing its name
- the Mashpee Wampanoag winning summary judgment in federal court against the Trump administration’s move to “disestablish” their reservation
Many of these stories come from Indian Country Today, a public media organization and an excellent source of news relevant to Indigenous peoples and issues that affect them. Please consider supporting them with a donation.
Find information on Indigenous history and rights, past and current Quaker roles, discussion guides, action suggestions, and children’s materials. Explore the collection.
How Do We Start?
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 Stories 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.