This year could prove to be a turning point in our relations with the indigenous people in Washington State. An opportunity is being presented to begin a Truth and Reconciliation movement in Washington State by a budding coalition of Indian leaders and concerned partners and allies. This is a new movement and has only just begun basing its premise on the Truth and Reconciliation movements in the State of Maine and in Canada.
What that moment could look like is contained in a draft of a “Proclamation of Support for Truth and Reconciliation in Washington State.” Below is the introduction and includes a link to the full text at the end. We will be asking UU congregations, other faith communities, social justice and environmental organizations, legislators, educators and interested individuals to make themselves available to work at and promote this movement. It is a long-term effort that will require dedication and commitment. It will be a spiritual journey as we grapple with our histories, search for ways and opportunities for healing and laying the foundation for a future that holds hope for a future of acknowledgement, equity and respectful relations between all our communities.
There is an emerging and compelling desire to acknowledge the events of the past so that we can work towards a stronger and healthier future. The truth telling and reconciliation process is a sincere acknowledgement of the injustices and harms experienced by Indigenous peoples in Washington State and the need for continued healing. This is a profound commitment to establishing new relationships embedded in mutual recognition and respect that will forge a brighter future. The truth of our common experiences will help set our spirits free and pave the way to reconciliation.
We, the residents of Washington State, recognize that every child matters. If all of our residents are to flourish, a process of truth and reconciliation for Indigenous people in our State must be established.
By signing this proclamation, we have agreed that a Truth and Reconciliation Commission should be established to contribute to truth, healing and reconciliation in Washington State.
Read the full text here: WA State Proclamation of Truth and Reconciliation
Western WA Fellowship of Reconciliation Spring Assembly: Peace and Justice in a Time of Coronavirus, May 2, 2020, online
MAY 2 SPRING ASSEMBLY. We are excited to announce that the WWFOR Spring Assembly planners have come up with plans for a no-contact Spring Assembly on May 2. Thank you, planners! Mark Your Calendar! Tell Your Friends! Peace and Justice in a Time of Coronavirus Saturday, May 2, 2020, 9 am - 12:30 pm Zoom Videoconference (participate by internet or phone) Please join us for the 22nd. Annual Western Washington FOR conference; this year by videoconferencing or phone. Find out how several groups and organizations are compassionately and courageously continuing to provide services in this unusually trying time, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted them and the people they serve. Everyone is welcome! All are invited to this video-or-phone-conference and there is no fee involved. After a welcome and introductions, we will have a series of workshops with Q&A included, and a closing session. Workshop Presenters
- 9:15 am Workshop # 1, Paul Chiyoken Wagner. Climate Emergency and stand against LNG facility in Tacoma.
- 9:50 am Workshop # 2, Deborah Cruz and Betty Deveraux, Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest.
- 10:25 am Workshop # 3, Maru Mora Villapando, La Resistencia against NWDC, Community Organizer and Immigrant Advocate.
- 11:00 am Workshop # 4, Kwabe Amoah-Forson-The Peace Bus.
- 11:35 am Workshop # 5, Carly Brook, Kit Burns, Washington Against Nuclear Weapons.
Deep Dive for Indigenous Solidarity May 9, 7:30 PM EST (6:30 Central, 5:30 Mountain, 4:30 Pacific) Preparing ourselves to collaborate with Indigenous partners in a good way. Conversation and small group work to deepen our grounding. Shared learnings. Shared facilitation by UUs connected to the work. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/906222305 We continue to prepare in many ways: through the Environmental Justice Practitioners Network presentations by Indigenous leaders; reading An Indigenous History of the US; moving through the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation process; long term relationship through Inter National Initiative for Transformative Collaboration; Water Protectors Support Network; congregational alternatives to the settler -derived Thanksgiving Day celebrations; workshops at GA 2019, and preparation for GA 2020 which falls on the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing; a call by our DRUUMM Indian Network to focus on repudiation of Doctrine of Discovery. We have learned much, must continue to learn, and are called by our faith to show up in a good way. Come learn and share. Rev. Karen Brammer Green Sanctuary Manager and Senior Associate for Climate Justice Organizing Strategy Team
Proclamation of Support for Truth and Reconciliation in Washington StateThere is an emerging and compelling desire to acknowledge the events of the past so that we can work towards a stronger and healthier future. The truth telling and reconciliation process is a sincere acknowledgement of the injustices and harms experienced by Indigenous peoples in Washington State and the need for continued healing. This is a profound commitment to establishing new relationships embedded in mutual recognition and respect that will forge a brighter future. The truth of our common experiences will help set our spirits free and pave the way to reconciliation. 1 Read more here and sign the petition.
CUC (Canadian Unitarian Council) eNews: January 15, 2019 – Issue 73 The Canadian Unitarian Council (CUC) recognizes the sovereignty of Indigenous peoples and their authority to make decisions about what happens on their land. In the case of the Wet’suwet’en, who are opposing the development of a Coastal GasLink pipeline on their traditional territories in northwestern British Columbia, the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed that they have never ceded their traditional lands (Delgamuukw, 1997). This historic case specified what is required to claim Aboriginal title to land, affirmed the legal validity of oral history and clarified the government’s duty to consult with Indigenous peoples before proceeding with any development. Read more here and TAKE ACTION!
Take Action!To learn more about the Delgamuukw case: https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/delgamuukw-case Contact: Federal The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau Telephone: 613-992-4211, Fax: 613-941-6900 firstname.lastname@example.org. The Honourable Daniel Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David.Lametti@parl.gc.ca, Fax: 613-954-0811 Find your Member of Parliament https://www.ourcommons.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members Contact the RCMP directly and let them know your view of their impending operation. National RCMP Headquarters Telephone: 613-843-5999 Email: RCMP.HQMediaRelations-DGRelationsmedias.GRC@rcmp-grc.gc.ca (media contact) Please take action in your own community along with other Indigenous Rights and Climate Justice activists in your area. Here are some of the other important ways you can support the Unist’ot’en, Gitdumt’en and the entire Wet’suwet’en Nation. Donate to the Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gitdumt’en Territory: https://www.gofundme.com/gitdumt039en-access-point Donate to Unist’ot’en Camp: http://unistoten.camp/support-us/donate/ Donate to Unist’ot’en Camp Legal Fund: https://actionnetwork.org/fundraising/unistoten-camp-legal-fund Get updates from Wet’suwet’en Access Point on Gitdumt’en Territory: Support and Sign the pledge from the Unist’ot’en
We substitute United States for Canada and the same truth applies . . .
Apologies don’t do a lot of good if you aren’t willing to do the hard, inconvenient work to rectify issues and be forgiven, just like land acknowledgments don’t do a lot of good if you’re violating Indigenous rights to land.Read more here.
Gary Piazzon writes:
There is a plaque at the entrance of the UUCWI sanctuary acknowledging that the land it occupies was traditionally occupied by the Snohomish tribe.This was done as part of a truth and reconciliation process.A process of acknowledging and taking responsibility of wrongs done and which is integral to personal and cultural healing.UUCWI is an ally of the Lummi tribe which is leading an effort advocating for publically recognizing that many of us inhabit land that belonged to another culture which was often forcefully and illegally taken.