Anishinaabe Healing Stories on Racial Justice
This project was birthed at the very first Healing Stories event that took place in Kchiwiikwedong (Keweenaw Bay Indian Community) in 2015. The Native Justice Coalition Director was working as a Consultant with the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion at the time. There were 16 Story Sharers and 60 attendees to make a successful first event. It was a powerful event for greater community healing. This was a part of a larger initiative to build a statewide racial justice coalition in Michigan. Similar projects took place in Detroit, Flint, and Benton Harbor. You can view the video of this work here - Healing Stories Project.
At the Native Justice Coalition we are passionate about sharing our stories, healing, and racial justice. This project emphasizes public story sharing on racism to bring voice and visibility to our people and communities. If grant funds are available we plan to digitally record all the stories into documentaries for community resources. Concurrently, if requested by the community we will offer private story sharing opportunities as some people may not feel safe to share publically.
This project brings a much needed resource on racial justice to our rural and remote Anishinaabe communities. Often in racial justice work Native people are not included in conversations, projects, and various initiatives. The Native Justice Coalition works diligently to break down this barrier and center Native people in racial justice work. We will be culturally sensitive and address this work inside of a social justice and Anishinaabe led framework. With this foundation we can address current injustices and generational trauma due to being survivors of genocide. In turn, this will provide healing for our communities and empower our people.
Stayed tuned for the list of 2019 communities with dates, times, and registration information.
This project was officially launched in 2018 and we had enough grant funds to do this work in 3 Anishinaabe communities in Michigan.
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community - September 2018
Bahweting (Sault Tribe - EUP) - October 2018
Hannahville Indian Community - October 2018