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We have been part of planning a series of webinars hosted by Pendle Hill and described below. This six-part series is co-sponsored by Canadian Friends Service Committee, Decolonizing Quakers, and Friends Peace Teams/Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples.

Learn more and register to attend: https://pendlehill.org/learn/fall-conference-2020/

Canadian Friends are encouraged to register. CFSC has a limited number of FREE tickets available which we will be giving to Canadian Friends who are interested. Contact us for your chance to recieve a free ticket to attend the whole series. Please include your name, contact info and Monthly Meeting in the email.

Sovereignty and Tribal Government Relations in the United States and Canada With Jerilyn DeCoteau and Will David

August 10, 2020 –7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time

This series of webinars seeks to involve both Canadian and United States participants. Although both the United States and Canada share some of the features of a settler-colonial history and government, there are significant differences, as well. This first webinar is designed to familiarize participants in the series with historical and governmental differences between these nations and how they affect existing relations with Tribal Nations and the sovereignty and self-determination of Indigenous Peoples. This understanding will establish a framework for future webinars.

Implementing the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples With Sheryl Lightfoot and Jennifer Preston

August 24, 2020 –7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time

After decades of incredible work among Indigenous Peoples and those in solidarity, including Quakers, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007. Acknowledging that colonization and dispossession from their landsdenied them their right to self-determination as peoples, the Declaration is most comprehensive international instrument on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. It establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity, and well-being of the Indigenous Peoples of the world, and it elaborates on existing human rights standards and fundamental freedoms as they apply to the specific situation of Indigenous Peoples. Canada and the United States originally voted against the resolution and were the final states to endorseit. Two experts on the UN Declaration will address its development, application, and legal effects, as well as actions being taken (especially in Canada and the United States) to implement it by governments and at the grass roots.

Cultural Appreciation vs. Appropriation/Misappropriation With Dan and Mary Lou Smoke, Freida Jacques, and the Rev. Dr. J.R. Norwood

September 14, 2020 –7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time

How can non-Indigenous people respectfully honor and appreciate the culture and traditions of Indigenous Peoples? A panel of Indigenous leadersfrom different traditions will explore ways that settler-colonists and their descendants have tried to erase the culture ofIndigenous Peoples and then appropriated (misappropriated) mythologized elements from a mythic past in ways that wound and offend Indigenous people today. Harm can arise from misguided attempts to honor a tradition that may have a deep meaning for a non-Indigenousperson, as well as from commercialized images and actions based on stereotypes. The panel will offer some guidance on the difference between respectful appreciation and offensive misappropriation of Indigenous Peoples’ cultures. Clue: it is not the intent of the appropriator, but the impact on Indigenous Peoples of the choices that are made by non-Indigenous people.

Solidarity, Guidance for Engagement With Kenneth Deer and Chief Dennis Coker

September 28, 2020 –7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time

How can descendants of settler-colonists stand in solidarity in struggles of concern to Indigenous Peoples? Two Indigenous leaders who work closely with non-iIndigenous people offer them some guidance about developing relationships with Indigenous persons and Indigenous Peoples as foundational for further engagement in struggles led by the Indigenous.

Healing from Intergenerational Trauma With Elicia Goodsoldier and Cante’ Waste Win (Good Hearted Woman)

October 12, 2020 –7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time

The trauma inflicted upon Indigenous Peoples through the many ways that settler-colonists and their descendants attempted to erase them and their culture over the centuries is passed from generation to generation. High rates of domestic violence, suicide,and drug and alcohol abuse are some of the ways that this trauma manifests among Indigenous people today. Elicia Goodsoldier is among the Indigenous leaders helping today’s Indigenous youth heal the wounds of intergenerational trauma and break the cycle for coming generations.Before healing can take place, the depth and the breadth of the historical and ongoing injuries need to be acknowledged.

Truth and Healing With Marie Wilson, Denise Altvater, Esther Anne, and Penthea Burns

October 26, 2020 –7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time

The enormity of the depth and the breadth of the intergenerational trauma inflicted upon Indigenous Peoples and people is hard to fathom. Yet some experiments in truth-telling and listening are opening the way for healing and further reparative action. In this webinar we will hear from participants in Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission about these processes, the lessons being learned, and some of the fruits of the work these processes have begun.