Returning to the Land: Colonization

February 10, 2024 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

January-February 2024: “Returning to the Land” by Dr. Nia To Go There (Cree) a series of four webinars co-sponsored by Decolonizing Quakers and Friends Peace Teams.

The overall theme, Returning to the Land, is a clarion call for us to change how we see ourselves within and in relationship with the Living Earth and other life-forms. Using a cultural lens, we examine the Western culture and contrast it with the original culture of the Indigenous peoples. The big question is: How do we bridge these contrasting worldviews and heal from our shared colonial history and heritage?

The topics are listed below with their registration links. You are invited to register for all four, although it is not required. Nia will recommend short readings for each program. A contribution of $20 to $50 is recommended, with a minimum of $5.

3:30 to 5:00 eastern time12:30 to 2:00 pacific time

This module describes the characteristics of colonization where original cultures are replaced by another culture. Nia shares the story of Rocky Boy Reservation in Montana and how her extended family and the community are experiencing intergenerational trauma. Using the lens of collective trauma we also look at the effects of colonization on both the Settlers and Indigenous People.  The reading is entitled Nowhere Left to Go that poignantly depicts the story of the Cree and Ojibway people searching for a place to live for thirty + years.

Click here to register