There is a long and tragic history related to the Indian boarding, or residential schools in the lands known as United States and Canada. Not nearly all of them involved Quakers but some did. The topic of the residential schools, their history, the historic and ongoing trauma, and how healing might come about are concerns of many Friends (Quakers) today.
Following is information about an online summit organized by the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) that will be held this Wednesday.
The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 17.
The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) is excited to announce our very first Boarding School Healing Virtual Summit, Healing Narratives: Past, Present, and Future, to be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.
It was our plan to host another in-person Boarding School Healing Conference this year, yet we remain committed to helping keep all of our elders and friends healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, and decided that a Virtual Summit was just the ticket!
We are grateful for the support of the WK Kellogg Foundation for their support of this Summit. Because of their generosity, we are offering complimentary registration for everyone who wishes to attend but we are encouraging a $25 donation from those who also wish to support this important work to understand and address the ongoing trauma caused by Indian boarding schools.
Over the last 7 years, more and more stories from our boarding school survivors and descendants have been offered by our elders. It so important for us to hear these stories and we are grateful. During our first two conferences in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and Tulalip, Washington, we were gifted with even more stories about their boarding school experiences and their healing. We must continue to share and listen.
An area of work of Friends Peace Teams is Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples. A number of Quakers and others have experienced workshops and presentations that came out of Paula Palmer’s the call to this ministry.