The morning will feature a 2+ hour experiential program exploring the original relationships and subsequent actions of Europeans with the Native people of Turtle Island. It traces the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, which originated with the popes of the 15th century who proclaimed that European explorers had the God-given right to claim ownership of the lands they discovered, and to kill or enslave the non-Christian residents of those lands. It helped spread the slave trade and created world-wide impacts. This doctrine took root in European and American cultures, mindsets and legal systems and continues to undermine justice and equality among the people of the world today.
Understanding these impacts will inform participants as they explore what actions they can take toward “right relationship.” Facilitators will offer suggestions for continued study, reflection, and action.
“This workshop is an innovative and impactful step towards healing. Working with the truth that has never been told about the American myth is vital to all of us in our country if we are to move forward in a more healthy way. ” — Brett Shelton (Oglala Sioux Tribe), Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
The afternoon program–under the skilled facilitation of Patricia St Onge of Haudenosaunee (Mohawk), Quebecois descent, adopted Cheyenne River Lakota– will explore how the original actions of European settlers have impacted American ideas concerning slavery, the institutionalization of racism and the Doctrine of Discovery’s contemporary affects on People of Color. Those of us of European settler ancestry will consider how we can own this history–as elders, millennials, Bay Area residents–in our lives, actions and relationships.
Suggested Donation: $10 – 50. Snack included; Bring a brown bag lunch No one will be turned away – Everyone is welcome.