Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference

Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference 2019 including NJC staff, volunteers, conference partners, presenters, and community members.

Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference 2019 including NJC staff, volunteers, conference partners, presenters, and community members.


Photo: 2nd Annual Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference - Panelists from the  Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Sobriety Panel.

Photo: 2nd Annual Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference - Panelists from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Sobriety Panel.

Background

We hosted our inaugural Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (Baraga, MI) in April 2018. The first conference was a huge success. We had 32 speakers and panelists addressed more than 200 participants on topics ranging from environmental racism, mascots, youth voices in racial justice, and storytelling in Anishinaabe culture. Keep in mind that there was a spring snowstorm that covered the entire Great Lakes during this weekend. Despite treacherous weather conditions Anishinaabe people and allies made their way to the conference. Many of our attendees came from tribal communities within a 200 mile radius but we had attendees come from Anishinaabe communities in the lower peninsula of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. We also provided a space for walk-in attendees. We had 60 walk-ins during the weekend mostly from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

Photo from left to right: Panelist from our Youth Panel on Racial Justice, NJC Director, and KBIC youth.

Photo from left to right: Panelist from our Youth Panel on Racial Justice, NJC Director, and KBIC youth.

We hosted our 2nd Annual Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in May 2019. We had 33 speakers and 130 event attendees. We built new relationships and had some amazing panels including the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Sobriety Panel as well as others like the Anishinaabe Youth and Environmental Justice Panel. Some of our presentations included: Intergenerational Family Trauma and Bullying Experiences, Integrating Culture as a Key Component of Healing to Wellness Courts, and the Lateral Violence Survey Project in Bahweting. As a result of these conferences, we have built new relationships and collaborations across our territory as we work for racial justice led by and for our people.

Learn more about our first conference - First Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference tackles discussions local and national discrimination.

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Feedback & Presenter Quotes

“I was honored to partake in such a significant event. An array of topics was presented addressing issues that Native people face today. It was a wonderful opportunity to network with professionals of various backgrounds and have a sharing of ideas to take back to our communities.” - Linda R. Cobe - Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

"I loved experiencing our people coming together for racial justice, our youth seeing positive representation of Indigenous people working for a better future. We usually come together for powwows, but this meeting brought us together for justice. The protest is happening at home, and we are a movement,” - Kristy Phillips - Bodewadmi ndependages/Potawatomi Nation)

Conference Partnerships for 2020

If you are interested in partnering for our 2020 conference please contact - Cecelia LaPointe - cecelia@nativejustice.org. We look forward to hearing from you. Chi Miigwech!