Upcoming Movies and Gatherings

Upcoming events (full details below the bullets)

  • Saturday, February 6: Documentary showing of Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code, followed by Q&A with Director Sheldon Wolfchild
  • Monday, February 8: Your Living Legacy: A Transformational Framing of the Future, an all-day community gathering hosted by Native Americans in Philanthropy
  • Tuesday, February 9: Bde Maka (Lake Calhoun) Community Conversation.
  • March 1: Making Space to Rise: Native Men and Boys Challenging Sexual Violence, a movie premier and community discussion

Feb. 6: Doctrine of Discovery: Unmasking the Domination Code

The community event is Saturday, February 6, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., hosted by Messiah United Methodist Church, 17805 County Rd 6, Plymouth (just west of Highway 101). The event is free and open to the public.

The film and dialogue will take a hard look at difficult truths about the tragic treatment of Indigenous people by our state, nation and religious institutions. We start with the Doctrine of Discovery—the 15th Century papal edicts that gave explorers the legal and religious justification to seize lands occupied by “pagans” and to forcibly convert or enslave them. The film traces the Doctrine’s legacy forward, including its profound impact on U.S. law. We finish by looking at how the Doctrine of Discovery’s legacy is still present today.

For more information, contact: Kami Pohl, 763-473-6968 or kpohl@messiahchurchmn.org

Feb. 8: Your Living Legacy: A Transformational Framing for the Future
This Native Americans in Philanthropy event is Monday, February 8, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Wellstone Center, 179 Robie Street East, St. Paul. Register here. Here is the invitation:

Please join us with LeMoine LaPointe in powerful community – based gatherings to cultivate a shared vision on building a healthy and sustainable Native community. Through on-going conversations, participants will harvest community gifts to design a map for a transformational foundation of trust and confidence that incorporates Native traditions and positive innovation that will be supported and uplifted by community action.

For more information, contact Jennifer Fairbanks at Native Americans in Philanthropy at: jfairbanks@nativephilanthropy.org

Feb. 9: Bde Maka Ska Community Conversation
All are invited for an exciting conversation about giving form to expressions of spirit and values that emanate from Bde/Mde Maka Ska (currently called Lake Calhoun). The event is being hosted Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6-9 p.m., at First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Ave. S., Minneapolis. It is free and open to the public. Here is a Facebook link, which provides the following description:
Explore ways to bring out the best in people. Come and collectively re-imagine our community beyond its current norm in unique and more desired forms of interaction. First Universalist has recently hosted two previous community conversations about Bde/Mde Maka Ska with the themes: “Water Wisdom: Carrying Us Into a Bold Future of Deep Restoration” (Dec. 3, 2015) and “Connecting with the Spirit of the Lake” (Oct. 7, 2015).
March 1: Making Space to Rise: Native Men and Boys Challenging Sexual Violence
The movie premier and community conversation will be Tuesday, March 1, 7 p.m. at the Woman’s Club of Minneapolis, 410 Oak Grove Street in Loring Park. The event is free and open to the public. Light snacks and refreshments served. Comanche Fairbanks and Jeremy Nevilles Sorrell will host the Community Discussion. According to publicity:
Film Description: Four video vignettes have been created by Native men, for Native men; to provide examples of making safe space for healthy conversations about sexual violence with your son, your family, your community, your fellow menfolk, and especially within your own spirit.
This film is intended to:
• Raise consciousness about the impact of sexual violence on our community
• Engage Native men and boys as allies in sexual violence prevention
• Provide context about historical trauma and its impact on Native men and boys
• A “Call to Action” to choose healthy masculinity and sexual respect

For more information, contact Deb Poitra at 651-646-4800 or dpoitra@miwsac.org

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