In September, 2020 the Minnesota Council of Church’s Board voted unanimously to launch a multi-year effort at truth telling, education and repair with Indigenous and African American communities. The goals include building relationships, creating an accurate, common narrative of our history, and bringing about systemic change.
Healing Minnesota Stories is a Council initiative. This blog will explore differing aspects of reparations work, past and present, along with lessons learned. Below find our previous blogs.
Feb. 18, 2021: Holocaust survivors continue to receive German reparations payments to this day
Feb. 3, 2021: Indigenous organization seeks church partners for truth telling, healing, around Indian boarding school trauma
Jan. 15, 2021: Reparations start with letting go of our myths
Jan. 11, 2021: Minneapolis announces Truth and Reconciliation Working Group
Jan. 5, 2021: U.S. reparations efforts: Japanese internment camps during WW II and the Civil Liberties Act of 1988
Dec. 13, 2020: Federal government to return (some) stolen lands to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
Oct. 20, 2020: MN Council of Churches makes anti-racism core to its work, launches multi-year truth and reparations effort.
Sept. 26, 2020: MN Council of Churches to launch community process for truth telling, repair around the historic harms done to Native American, African American communities
July 21, 2020: Environmental groups are embracing racial justice as central to their work
Dec. 31, 2018: A People’s Hearing on Minnesota Reparations Legislation, Friday, Jan. 4