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Toward Right Relationship with America’s Native Peoples

A Project of the Indigenous Peoples Concerns Committee

Indigenous leaders are calling on people of faith to raise awareness about the historical and ongoing injustices committed against Native Peoples, and to seek ways of building right relationship with them in accord with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In response to this call and with the advice of Native American educators, the Indigenous Peoples Concerns Committee developed a 2-hour workshop called, “Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with America’s Native Peoples.” Workshop participants enact a 40-minute script and then reflect on and share their responses in a “talking circle” or worship-sharing format. A Resource Kit is provided so that groups can pursue further study of the issues and consider what “right relationship” might mean in their own circumstances.

In collaboration with the Reading to End Racism program of the YWCA of Boulder Valley, we present a similar program in middle school and high school classrooms, titled, “Re-Discovering America: Understanding Colonization.”  To request a presentation of this program, please contact Toward Right Relationship project director Paula Palmer at paulaRpalmer(at)gmail.com or Lena Ripple, Reading to End Racism administrator, at lena(at)ywcaboulder.org  See the flyer below. 

A restricted fund was established to enable the Indigenous Peoples Concerns Committee to raise funds to promote this workshop and present it to faith communities, classrooms, and civic organizations, locally and nationally, within Quaker and non-Quaker circles. The Toward Right Relationship project will coordinate with Native Americans and other organizations to create and/or support meaningful processes for social change, reconciliation, and healing. Funds will be used for materials and supplies, travel to conferences and to facilitate the workshop, trainings, publications, website development and management, communications, and project staff support.

To request a presentation of Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with America’s Native Peoples in your community, please contact project director Paula Palmer: paulaRpalmer(at)gmail.com. – read Paula’s Bio

Letter to Faith Communities about Workshop

Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change – Workshop Description

Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change – Participant Feedback

Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change – Flyer

Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change – Workshop Calendar

Resource Kit

Walter Echo-Hawk’s Five Steps to Healing

Re-Discovering America flyer

Minute in Unity with Paula Palmer’s Work Toward Right Relationship

“Healing Our Nation’s Oldest Wounds,” by Paula Palmer, Western Friend, Jan./Feb. 2014

How to Host a Workshop – Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change

How You Can Support the Toward Right Relationship Project

To make an online donation, click “Donate”, then enter “Toward Right Relationship” in the Purpose box.

To donate by mail, send a check to Treasurer, Boulder Friends Meeting, P.O. Box 4363, Boulder, CO 80306.  Make the check payable to “Boulder Friends Meeting” and write “Toward Right Relationship” in the Memo line.

Toward Right Relationship Project Quarterly Reports

Oct 1 – Dec 31, 2013

Jan 1 – March 31, 2014

April 1 – June 30, 2014