Anishinaabe Racial Justice Conference

“Healing Our Communities &
Empowering Our People”


Our inaugural conference in April 2018 was a huge success with 32 speakers and workshop facilitators addressing an audience of 200 event attendees.  Speakers addressed topics such as: storytelling in Native communities, youth panel on racial justice, representing Native Americans in sports, addressing bordertowns, environmental justice, Two-Spirit identity, boarding schools, and decolonization. 

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As a form of decolonization, the conference broke free from the standard Western format, by which the Native Justice Coalition elected to not have a keynote speaker and instead weighed the voices of each attendee equally.  In Anishinaabe culture, ogemaag (leaders) do not make decisions for their community without a full consensus.

We worked in collaboration with the following organizations: Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, Red Circle Consulting, Native Justice Coalition, Northern Michigan University - Center for Native American Studies, Michigan Technological University, Showing Up For Racial Justice - Keweenaw Chapter, and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.

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We believe in creating a safe and supportive space for Anishinaabe people, all people of color, and allies who support our work.  Native American people have often and historically been left out of discussions on racial justice in the US.  This conference seeks to change this narrative.  We seek to center Anishinaabe and all Native American people in racial justice.

Feedback & Quotes

“Being in community with other Indigenous people helps to keep our culture alive; it helps to keep our spirits well and whole. It was incredible to be together with so many other Indigenous people to talk about how to decolonize the world around us, and it was beautiful to feel the love and support from everyone.” - Teiana McGahey - Sault Saint Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

"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)

“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

Conference Partnerships for 2019

We are seeking conference partnerships and collaborations who can assist with our 2019 conference.  We are looking for support from Native led organizations, community based groups, grassroots coalitions, Anishinaabe communities, tribal governments, and other Native organizations in Anishinaabe Aki.  This support can include: charitable donations, conference supplies, conference prizes, or volunteering to make our conference happen.  Please contact us for more information.