Boozhoo Gakina Awiiya (Hello Everyone)--
Miigwech (thank you) to everyone for your continued engagement in Truth and Reconciliation efforts in the Bemidji area. On behalf of the Bemidji Area Truth and Reconciliation initiative, we welcome you to the first of our Monthly Updates delivered via our newly created listserv. The idea behind creating this group was to streamline communications and to make a central place in which facilitators Dr. Anton Treuer and Linsey McMurrin, along with Committee workgroup leaders, can effectively reach those interested in our efforts.
We are pleased to announce that there are regular opportunities to be engaged in our Truth & Reconciliation work:
Work Groups* have begun to form, with the purpose of bringing together those interested in seeing action around specific areas of concern, while adhering to the overall mission and guiding values of the Truth and Reconciliation process. Facilitators/leaders of the work groups report to the Advisory workgroup during their monthly meetings.
(*Other work group possibilities that have been proposed are Youth Involvement, Health Care, Spirituality/Faith-based groups, Talking Circles, Testimony/Listening sessions. Information on these groups will be posted as leadership steps forward to help organize and we will post when they begin to actively meet.)
The following Work Groups have begun to organize and meet:
Environmental Issues Work Group
Purpose: Enhance understanding of the cultural components of environmental problems and unsustainable trends locally and globally by:
-Recognizing that indigenous people are often the most vulnerable communities to environmental degradation
-Addressing environmental issues from the philosophical perspective of the 7th Generation (long-term responsibility to future generations and building sustainable community)
-Identifying mutual interests across demographic groups in respecting and protecting Mother Earth,having a healthy home promotes the common good in our community
-Educating the broader community on environmental ethics founded on indigenous environmental knowledge and indigenous worldviews
Next Meeting: Thursday, February 18th at 11am, Room 127, American Indian Resource Center, Bemidji State University
Meeting notes from the initial planning meeting can be found here on our website. http://www.reconcilemn.org/how-can-i-help.html
Contact: Pat Welle, firstname.lastname@example.org
Education Work Group
DRAFT Purpose: For community members interested in the topic of how we can make our area schools more culturally responsive-- activities could range from finding ways to work with the schools to update the history curriculums to better reflect actual history to improving the school environment for indigenous students.
FIRST Meeting: A Doodle Poll has been initiated to determine the best meeting time for those interested: http://doodle.com/poll/8r85wuqhsntci35m
Please feel free to pass this along to others that may be interested.
Contact: Barb Houg, email@example.com
Community Awareness and Understanding Work Group
DRAFT Purpose: Promote recognition and understanding of historical, cultural and socio-economic forces that have resulted in the conditions we find our indigenous and non-indigenous communities in today.
Next Meeting: 2pm, March 10th (and the 2nd Thursday of the month thereafter), Peacemaker Resources, 3124 Hannah Ave NW, Bemidji
Contact: Tim Crawford, firstname.lastname@example.org
Criminal Justice Systems Work Group
Contact: Megan Treuer
More info to be added soon.
We have created a calendar on our website, www.ReconcileMN.org, to assist community members in staying up-to-date on opportunities to engage with our work.
Chi-miigwech for expressing interest in seeing our community come together around these important issues that affect us all.
On behalf of the Bemidji Area Truth and Reconciliation Advisory Work Group,
Co-facilitator, Bemidji Truth and Reconciliation
Bemidji Area Truth, Healing, and Reconciliation Initiative
…grassroots, community-driven efforts to promote
truth-seeking, healing and change
with an initial focus on increasing understanding and building relationships among our area indigenous and non-indigenous communities
Bemidji Area Truth and Reconciliation
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