Taking Steps Toward Change

[This page is under construction. It will include discussion leaders’ guides, suggestions on how to reach out to Indigenous nations and organizations, and advocacy ideas. Please check back again!]

What’s the history of the land where you live?

Who were the original people on this land?  Are they still there? If not, happened to them? Where are they now?

Learn about the Doctrine of Discovery and some of the laws and treaties that govern the relationship between tribal nations and federal or colonial governments. Learn about the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples — the framework of rights and obligations supported by 147 nations, including the United States and Canada.

Learn some of the basics that have shaped the relationship between colonists and Indigenous peoples from the time of first contact.

Hear the hard stories – the heart stories – about the role of churches (including Quakers) in the forced assimilation of Indigenous children through boarding schools and adoptions.

Amplify and celebrate the emergence of decolonizing thoughts, deeds, and ways of navigating our world.

The stories continue today. Broken promises about health care and Indigenous-led education affect Native communities today. Complex legal boundaries still threaten the safety of tribal members. And lands, water, and resources are still being taken from Indigenous Peoples. Join in advocating for the rights of Indigenous Peoples spelled out in the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.