9/22/2013 – Workshop on Native Americans at Stony Run

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“This Land Was Your Land”1

Seeking Right Relationship with Indigenous Peoples

Presented by the Indigenous Peoples Concerns Committee,
Boulder, Colorado Meeting at

Stony Run Friends (Quaker) Meeting
5116 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21210

September 22, 2013 1PM

Please RSVP using our contact form.

“What really is needed is greater awareness by the broader American public…of the continuity of Indigenous Peoples within the American social political fabric…and reconciliation for the historical and ongoing wrongs that have occurred….With greater awareness, people can take actions that are appropriate to their local circumstances.”
–James Anaya, the UN Special Rapporteur for Indigenous Peoples Rights

In this program, we hear the voices of America’s past – from the Native Peoples whose diverse societies thrived across the continent, to the European popes and monarchs who authorized centuries of genocide – and the voices that today are calling for healing and right relationship among all peoples and with the land.

We offer this workshop in response to calls from Indigenous leaders like James Anaya (above) and from the World Council of Churches. The workshop traces the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian peoples.  Our goal is to raise our level of knowledge and concern about these impacts, recognize them in ourselves and our institutions, and explore how we can begin to “take actions that are appropriate to our local circumstances.” A Resource Kit offers suggestions for continued study, reflection, and action.

For more information, including the resource kit, visit: http://www.boulderfriendsmeeting.org/ipc-right-relationship/

This workshop was offered at the Annual Gathering of Friends General Conference (FGC) this summer.  Here’s a comment from a Friend who attended the FGC session:

“The highlight of the week for me was your presentation, This Land was Your Land. … Like everyone else I ask, I did not know about the Doctrine of Discovery.  The whole production that you involved us in was an amazing experience, that I expect to remember till my dying day.  The mix of clear statements, together with the experiential learning, sent those lessons deep into my understanding…. “

A light lunch will be available at noon, after Meeting for Worship at 11:00am. Please let us know if you will join us for lunch. If you are moved to bring a dessert or snack to share, they are welcome, too.  Also, let us know if you need child care.

All are welcome to attend!

1Note: Future workshops will not be called “This Land Was Your Land.”   The organizers received feedback from Native Americans that this could be taken differently than intended.  Some might hear it as “This Land WAS Your Land,” placing Native Americans in the past tense, rather than as “This Land was YOUR Land,” which underscored it had been taken from them.

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