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Thursday, August 31, 2023

ALBERTA: Province announces additional support MMIWG

 

Officials with the Alberta government say grant applications are now open for communities and organizations working to address the violence, safety and economic security of Indigenous women, girls and 2S+ people.

Alberta’s government say it is committed to ensuring Indigenous women, girls and two spirit plus (2S+) people have a future that is safe, secure and respected.  Officials say the Community Support Fund provides grants for community-based, Indigenous-led initiatives that address violence and increase safety and economic security for these groups.

According to the government, the fund will support $4 million in grants each year. Recipients can receive a maximum of $200,000 towards their initiatives. The fund is expected to provide immediate support for healing, preventing violence and addressing the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2S+ people, complementing the long-term work of the Premier’s Council on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

“As the Premier’s Council advances collaborative work with the Government of Alberta, this dedicated ongoing funding is important for Indigenous-led projects to support Indigenous women, girls and 2S+peoples. I commend the province for taking the initiative on this grant program,” adds Rachelle Venne, chair, Premier’s Council on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. 

“The Community Support Fund is creating projects and initiatives for Indigenous and non-Indigenous community organizations to create a safer, more supportive community for Indigenous women, girls and two spirit people. This funding will foster healing, awareness and hope among this vibrant and key demographic.,” notes LeeAnne Ireland, executive director, Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth.

 The call for applications will close on Oct. 6. 

Alberta government quick facts 

First Nations, Métis and Inuit women face significantly higher rates of violence throughout their lifetimes than all other women in Canada. 

In Alberta, Indigenous women are seven times more likely to be murdered, three times more likely to experience sexual assault, and twice as likely to be assaulted compared with non-Indigenous women. 

 In 2021, Alberta had the second-highest reports of homicide for Indigenous people behind Saskatchewan. 

 

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American Indian Law Alliance partners with National Institute for Law and Justice to address MMIR crisis

 

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — In a groundbreaking move, the American Indian Law Alliance (AILA) on AUGUST 22 2023, announced its partnership with the National Institute for Law and Justice (NILJ) to intensify efforts in solving cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR).

Since its inception in 1989, AILA has championed the causes of Indigenous nations, communities, and organizations, tirelessly advocating for sovereignty, human rights, and social justice. Their profound expertise in these realms will synergize with the capabilities of NILJ, which was established in 2021.

NILJ’s primary mission is to provide investigative support—at no cost—for victims and their families, enabling them to present their individual cases for expert review by decorated retired NYPD homicide detectives and a network of forensic and investigation specialists.  This includes current and cold MMIR cases, ensuring justice and closure are achievable for all, irrespective of financial barriers.

“What sets NILJ apart from other organizations is that they are committed and are passionate about doing the work of bringing our relatives home and investigating these cases,” said Gaeñ hia uh, Betty Lyons (Onondaga Nation, Snipe Clan), Executive Director of American Indian Law Alliance. “In their retirement, these dedicated men are choosing to bring some sense of closure to these mourning families.”

Detective Mark Pucci, Founder and CEO of NILJ added, “This partnership with AILA is pivotal in our dedication to reach and help Indigenous families who otherwise might not know about our organization.”

Together, NILJ and AILA will address the MMIR crisis and bring resolution to families whose loved ones are missing and/or murdered. Their efforts will spotlight the struggles of Indigenous communities and advocate for legislative and policy changes at the national level.

The organizations invite public engagement, urging policymakers, stakeholders, and the community at large to rally behind this crucial mission.

To submit a case for review, family members whose loved ones are missing or have been murdered are encouraged to visit https://nilj.org/contact-us or call 1-833-FIND-ME.

AILA and NILJ are passionate about working together to help support the families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, 2Spirit folks, and all Indigenous Relations coming home. 

“The Two Row Wampum belt treaty reminds us that we are traveling down this river of life side-by-side with one another,” added Betty Lyons. “Let’s work together to reunite families.”


About AILA
: The American Indian Law Alliance (AILA), established in 1989, as an Indigenous, non-profit, non-partisan organization. AILA collaborates with Indigenous nations, communities, and organizations to advocate for sovereignty, human rights, and social justice, steadfastly championing the rights and needs of Indigenous peoples throughout Turtle Island. For more information, visit https://aila.ngo/.

About NILJ: Founded in 2022, the National Institute for Law and Justice (NILJ) offers victims, their families, and loved ones the opportunity to present their missing persons and homicide cases—at no cost—for expert review, bridging financial gaps and ensuring professional investigations. The nonprofit organization is committed to unveiling the truth, serving justice, and providing closure to all affected parties. For more information, visit https://nilj.org.

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

U.S. team to digitize Quaker boarding school records, drawing inspiration from Canada

The Canadian Press  August 26, 2023

Quaker boarding schools

In this photo taken in 1906, provided by the Quaker and Special Collections at Haverford College, teachers and students gather for a portrait at Tunesassa School in Tunesassa, New York. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Quaker and Special Collections, Haverford College

OTTAWA -- A coalition advocating for Indigenous Peoples forced to attend boarding schools in the United States is planning to digitize 20,000 archival pages related to schools that were operated by the Quakers.

Outside of Native Nations, most people aren't even aware these schools were an integral part of history and U.S. federal Indian policy, said Samuel Torres, the deputy CEO of the Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition.

He and his team are trying to change that, drawing inspiration -- and lessons learned -- from Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

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mawi'omi : gathering

 

As a target in the Sixties Scoop, dancing has a special significance for Bert Mitchell. (Stacy Janzer/CBC)

The Lennox Island First Nation on P.E.I. celebrated a mawi'omi on the weekend, with some participants drawing a direct line from tragedies in the past to Indigenous pride in the present.

Mawi'omi means "gathering" in the Mi'kmaw language. This year's festivities included dancing, singing and drumming in Mi'kmaw regalia, as well as art displays.

Wet weather forced celebrations under a tent Saturday, but the sun came out for Sunday.

"To me, being outside, seeing the people going around the sacred arbour, it just warms my heart as a Mi'kmaw person," said Lennox Island Chief Darlene Bernard.

"I love this. It's just wonderful."

The mawi'omi is an important opportunity to pass on traditions and culture on to the community's young people, Bernard said.

"We're seeing all the kids out in their full regalia. They're so proud, and they're dancing. They're out there and they're dancing. They're not shy at all," she said.

"At the end of the day, it's all about the children and how we help them to understand their culture and traditions. And that they can be proud of who they are."

It's something male head dancer Bert Mitchell of Manitouwaba is particularly proud to be part of. 

'I would never give it up again'

This is Mitchell's 13th Lennox Island Mawi'omi. He began dancing when he was a little boy.

"We were a remote community. We didn't have regalia or fancy stuff like that, but the drum would move us," he said.

Darlene Bernard, outside in head dress.
It was wonderful to see the sun come out on the second day of the mawi'omi, said Chief Darlene Bernard. (Stacey Janzer/CBC)

But that ended for him in the Sixties Scoop. Mitchell said he was 11 years old when he was apprehended and "taken out of the culture."

Now that's he had the opportunity to get it back, he said he doesn't plan to stop dancing again.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2023

Sask. First Nation says it's found 93 potential unmarked child, infant graves

A cemetery located near the former site of the Beauval Indian Residential School. (English River First Nation)

A cemetery located near the former site of the Beauval Indian Residential School. (English River First Nation)

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A Saskatchewan First Nation now says it has found 79 suspected child grave sites and 14 potential infant grave sites.

"This is not a final number. It breaks my heart that they are likely more," English River First Nation chief Jenny Wolverine said during a news conference in Saskatoon on Tuesday.

English River started searching the site of the former Beauval Indian Residential School in August 2021, using ground penetrating radar.

"We were not sure what to expect and what we would find. But we did know the stories that were shared over generations about the treatment of the students and those students who never returned home," Wolverine said.

The revised total comes after English River First Nation disclosed the discovery of 83 suspected unmarked graves earlier this month.

The First Nation asked for privacy following its initial revelation and had said more details would be revealed during Tuesday's news conference.

Speaking in Saskatoon on Tuesday, Wolverine said disclosing the findings marked the start of a "long and difficult journey."

"As a community and a nation we came together and put our elders and survivors first," Wolverine said.

"We did ceremony to help them come to terms, to heal their spirit."

The English River chief called upon the federal and provincial governments to provide resources for the First Nation's search effort.

"It doesn't all come down to dollars and cents," Wolverine said, visibly choking up for a few moments.

"We have heard 'I am sorry.' Now we need to see action, and that means continuing to bring home the children we lost at the hands of residential schools."

Beauval Indian Residential School was first founded in 1860 and operated for more than 100 years, according to the University of Regina. It was operated by a Roman Catholic mission until 1969.

In 2013, a former dormitory supervisor at the school was convicted of indecent assault and gross indecency for assaults on young boys between 1959 and 1967.

This is a developing story. More details to come.

 

August 28, 2023 – Wildfires continue to ravage across Canada

The latest news as fires continue to ravage parts of British Columbia and the Northwest Territories and more headlines...

MMIWG BILLBOARDS


‘Hope & Strength’ – New billboards along Hwy. 16 to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG)

August 15, 2023

Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS), in partnership with the Highway of Tears Governing Body, is excited to unveil the creation of four new billboards along Highway 16’s notorious ‘Highway of Tears’. This partnership aims to address Recommendation 9 of the 2006 Highway of Tears Recommendation Report, which includes creating a number of billboards to bring further awareness on the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (2006:21).

Located between Prince George and Smithers, the billboards feature images and messaging of hope and strength to highlight the value of people in the north and that we are all, as communities, stronger together. As you travel on this stretch of Highway 16 we hope that these billboards will create a moment for pause to remember, honour and to reflect on what we all can do to make this Highway and the communities surrounding it a safer place.

“We hope these billboards act as a visual reminder to travelers to be part of keeping Highway 16 safe for everyone,” said Mary Teegee, CSFS Executive Director of Child and Family Services. “It is time to move forward with Hope and Strength and to honour our loved ones by making Highway 16 safe again.”

The billboards are part of a larger commemorative series project that will eventually include commemorative pillars at each end of the ‘Highway of Tears’, rest-stop signage and more to honour and remember Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in addition to providing more education and awareness of safety along Highway 16.

“While these billboards serve a reminder of our loved ones who went missing – we must do more to stop these violent acts committed against our people and people from all backgrounds,” said CSFS Board President and Cheslatta Carrier Nation Chief Corrina Leween. “We must collectively take part in ensuring a commitment to building a safer space for all of humanity. Please ensure that your MLA and MP’s help us achieve safe places and spaces for all.”

The billboards will be erected this week and are booked until 2025.

Contact Person: CSFS Communications: 778-349-1676
Email: communications@csfs.org

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60s Scoop film: Birth of a Family


United Way film screening focuses on tragic stories of Sixties Scoop

The film, called Birth of a Family, is screening is Sept. 26

NEWS RELEASE
UNITED WAY SIMCOE-MUSKOKA
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United Way Simcoe Muskoka will be screening the award-winning film Birth of a Family at the Midland Cultural Centre on September 26, 2023, as part of the 2023 Real2Reel Film Festival.  The local charity is partnering with the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle and Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin to host the evening in recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Week.  

“They say that there can be no reconciliation without truth,” said Brian Shelley, United Way Chief Executive and Philanthropy Officer. “It is important to create space for those with lived experiences to share their stories so that we can begin to move forward with reconciliation in a good way.” 

In this deeply moving feature-length documentary, three sisters and a brother meet for the first time.  Removed from their young Dene mother during the infamous Sixties Scoop, they were separated as infants and adopted into families across North America. Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie, and Ben were only four of the 20,000+ Indigenous Canadian children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or live in foster care.  As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, and their family begins to take shape.

 

Following the film, Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle’s Heather McIntyre will moderate a panel discussion to further explore the impact of the Sixties Scoop.  

United Way Simcoe Muskoka’s Real2Reel Film Festival is sponsored by the RBC Foundation and aims to reduce stigma and raise awareness of complex community issues. Net proceeds raised through this event will support the United Way’s funding of the Wiijinokiiwag project delivered in partnership between CMHA and the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle. 

When: September 26, 2023 – 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: The Midland Cultural Centre, 333 King St, Midland, ONTARIO L4R 3M7

Who: This event is open to the public. Tickets are $7.53

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/truth-reconciliation-film-screening-birth-of-a-family-tickets-700351930477

More Information: https://uwsimcoemuskoka.ca/birth-of-a-family-2023/

This film contains material of a sensitive nature, including the Sixties Scoop, that may be triggering for some individuals. Please take part as you feel comfortable.

Sandy WhiteHawk

 



Dear Tribal Leaders: Create a STATE ICWA law

 


Dear Tribal Leader Letter Regarding Uniform State ICWA Law

The Uniform Law Commission is seeking to consult with tribes regarding the need and/or benefit of a uniform ICWA law for those states that either need to update their current state laws or do not have one yet. Consultation will be held via zoom on September 6, with written comments accepted through September 30.  Please see the letter for additional details on the project. Please distribute widely.

ULC ICWA Committee Report to Scope Committee

Dear Tribal Leader Letter

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State ICWA Law Chart

Over the last week, I've put together a (large, clunky) Google sheets of all the state ICWA laws. It isn't perfect and subject to change as I see problems or people tell me there are problems. Sheets can be difficult, but it is nice to use to keep it updated. Someday I'll learn how to make a proper database, but I know there is a need for this now rather than later.

I've linked to it on the state law page here and the link directly to the sheet is here.

 

Virginia man reunites with mom 42 years after he was stolen from Chile

 USA TODAY

It has been 42 years since María Angélica González saw her son.

He was a newborn. A nurse told González he needed to be put in an incubator because he was premature. Not long after, she returned with devastating news: The baby was dead.

For 42 years, that's what González believed. For 42 years, it has been a lie.

Gonzalez's son, Jimmy Lippert Thyden, was stolen from González, adopted out to unwitting parents in the United States and raised in Arlington, Virginia. For 42 years, Thyden believed he had no living relatives in Chile, where he was born.

Then one day in April, Thyden read a USA TODAY story about a California man who had learned he was stolen from his mother in Chile and illegally adopted out to an American couple. It got Thyden thinking: Could the same thing have happened to him?

Within weeks, Thyden learned the truth. And last week, González finally got to hug her son.

Jimmy Lippert Thyden's birth mother, María Angélica González, holds him tight on the day they were reunited in Valdivia, Chile on Aug. 17, 2023.
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Chile's stolen children

USA TODAY has been writing about Chile's stolen children since April.

From the 1960s to the 1990s, human rights groups believe that more than 20,000 babies were taken from mostly low-income mothers in Chile and adopted out to unsuspecting parents in foreign countries.

CSU Questioned for Failure to Return Native American Artifacts and Remains


Tribal leaders and California state lawmakers pressed top California State University officials Tuesday about returning nearly 700,000 Native American human remains and items to tribes. They held a press conference at the state capitol, followed by a committee hearing on findings from a state auditor’s report released in June. Tribal leaders and lawmakers say the university is failing to return the remains, which they say is violating federal and state law. The university’s interim president and four other campus representatives are scheduled to testify.

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Author’s seminal novel remains relevant even after 40 years


“We knew people don't like us, but we don't know why it could be. You know, because we're brownish and because we're foster kids.” — Beatrice Mosionier, author of In Search of April Raintree
 
By Shari Narine
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Windspeaker.com

 

Little did Beatrice Mosionier expect that her first novel, In Search of April Raintree, would have such a profound impact on Indigenous readership.

But perhaps she should have.

When she was seven or eight years old, she was working in the basement of her second foster home in St. Norbert, a suburb of Winnipeg.

“I got this really powerful knowledge, and it was that I would have these three animals that would guide me: The wolf, the bear and the cougar,” said Mosionier, a Plains Métis woman.

“Later when I finally started talking about it with other people, I was told about guide animals, spirit animals, that give you strength… And it was like I was going to do something special in my life.”

She forgot about the spirit animals until she hit her thirties. In 1980, when Mosionier was 31, her oldest sister Katherine committed suicide. Sixteen years before, her other sister Vivian had taken her own life.

“It was just like things were shifting inside of me. I think that's probably how I came to decide I was going to write a book, and I think that was what led up to this,” said Mosionier.

But when she wrote In Search of April Raintree in 1983, Mosionier never believed it would be published.

Forty years later, Highwater Press is releasing a special 40th anniversary edition of the novel.

Mosionier and her siblings were apprehended in the earliest years of the Sixties Scoop, which saw an estimated 20,000 or more Indigenous children removed from their homes between 1951 and 1984.

Mosionier was taken at the age of three by the Children’s Aid Society of Winnipeg. The loss that resulted from that action was the story she told in the lives of April Raintree and the fictional younger sister Cheryl.

It was a story that resonated mightily with Métis and First Nations readers, as noted in words of praise that accompany the anniversary edition.

In Search of April Raintree was the first book I read that spoke to the Indigenous experience, and it changed me for the better,” wrote Governor General Award winner David A. Robertson.

“I could feel it in my blood memory. Because it was tender and brutal, authentic and unapologetic, heartbreaking and hopeful,” wrote Rosanna Deerchild, host of CBC Radio One’s Unreserved.

“Reading Beatrice Mosionier’s seminal novel was lifechanging. As a young Indigenous woman, it was the first time I felt seen,” wrote Manitoba NDP MLA Nahanni Fontaine.

Those words make Mosionier feel “really humbled.”

She wrote the book “to find answers,” spurred on by the deaths of her sisters.

“I think that’s really hard on a parent…When you lose a child to suicide and then you lose a second child to suicide, there's something majorly wrong,” said Mosionier.

In writing the novel, Mosionier gained personal insight into her own family and into the larger picture of being Métis.

“I was raised in white foster homes since I was three years old. I wasn't connected to—back then we used to call it the Native—Native people,” she said.

“I did get more understandings about the why and everything. Because when I grew up, we didn't know words like ‘oppression’ and ‘racism’ and all the things like that when we're in school…We knew people don't like us, but we don't know why it could be. You know, because we're brownish and because we're foster kids.”

Along with telling the personal stories of April and Cheryl, heartbreaking and uplifting, in turn, Mosionier used Cheryl’s essay writing talent in the book to tell the wider proud Métis history.

Mosionier had to research for Cheryl’s essays. She started watching a Winnipeg television series that had interviews with Indigenous people. Her next-door neighbour, who wasn’t Indigenous, gave her a book by Heather Robertson titled Reservations are for Indians.

“I read that book and then I had a fairly good sense, because back then we didn't have computers and Google and all of that,” she said.

After her book was published, she discovered that St. Norbert had a rich Métis history. She also learned that her father used to play the fiddle.

“I didn't know anything about that. I didn't know. I just didn't know anything positive,” said Mosionier.

While there are brutal scenes in the novel, perhaps the most haunting scene comes in April’s realization near the end, which echoes the words of her broken father: “Baby Anna. Such a small part of our lives. Yet she had changed our lives the most.”

It is when Baby Anna is sick and goes to the hospital that April and Cheryl are wrongfully apprehended, and that single action sets in motion everything that follows.

Forty years later, Indigenous children are still being apprehended at a disproportionate rate.

In Search of April Raintree is one of the all-time great works of Indigenous literature, and it is still as vital and relevant today as it was forty years ago,” wrote Dr. Warren Cariou, a professor at the University of Manitoba.

Mosionier agrees with Cariou’s observation about the relevance of her novel.

But, “I kind of feel sometimes that (the novel) didn't do its job because a lot has changed but a lot has not changed, and sometimes you think it's getting worse,” she said.

If her novel opened the gates for other Indigenous authors, Mosionier says, “I feel good about that.”

And she encourages Indigenous authors to keep doing their strong work, many of whom are now being recognized with awards.

As for her spirit animals who told her she would do something special in her life, Mosionier firmly believes writing In Search of April Raintree was that act.

The special 40th anniversary edition of the novel will be released by Highwater Press in September.

Local Journalism Initiative Reporters are supported by a financial contribution made by the Government of Canada. SOURCE

 

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Indigenous Mom Whose Daughter Was Murdered Granted Custody of 4-Year-Old Granddaughter for Second Time

Arlene Ballot and granddaughter Chanel. Photo:

www.CommunityX.com


Despite being granted custody again, Arlene Ballot was ordered to wait until July 31 to begin a three-week transition of custody

As Arlene Ballot prepares to finally pick up her murdered daughter’s child from the couple who have had her for most of her 4 years of life, she can be forgiven for being cautiously optimistic about actually bringing Chanel home.

The July 17 decision to award Ballot custody is the second time the Selawik Tribal Court in Alaska has ordered Chanel, an indigenous child, to be returned to her grandmother.  Nikki Richman, who is not related to Chanel, gained temporary custody through the child’s father, Eric Rustad, who murdered Chanel’s mother Kristen Huntington in January 2020.

"This is three years too long. They shouldn't be allowed to keep dragging it on, abusing the court system to keep this child from her grandmother," Antonia Commack, Huntington’s friend since childhood who is also involved in the legal battle, tells PEOPLE. "I knew in my heart that being quiet was wrong and it was time to speak up."

And a recent Supreme Court decision might add some extra weight going forward.

The week before the latest Selawik Tribal Court ruling, The Supreme Court upheld the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act, which says the first priority is to put the child in the care of a member of their extended family. If that is not possible, the child should be placed with a member of their tribe. The third option is to look for "other Indian families." Only after those three options have been exhausted will they be eligible to be placed with a non-Native family. 

In their December ruling, the Selawik Tribal Court found tribal elder Ballot able to meet the child’s needs and, in addition, "can better connect her to her Native culture." 

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Tuesday, August 1, 2023

#MMWIP Allies from Saskatchewan voice support for landfill search | APTN News

 

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is voicing their support for a search of Winnipeg-area landfills for the remains of Indigenous women. A delegation from Saskatchewan that included a motorcycle group made the trek to support in person.

 #aptnnews #aptnmanitoba #mmiwg

Coalition seeks tribal stories of experience in child welfare system

 

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The California Tribal Families Coalition is seeking the stories of tribal children, adults, and families with lived experience in the child welfare system as part of a new documentary being developed in partnership with The James Irvine Foundation and Tre Borden/Co.

For centuries, storytelling has been at the core of tribal traditions, serving as a means for passing down knowledge and preserving cultural heritage. Recognizing the potential of storytelling as an influential tool for driving justice and understanding, the Coalition is inviting Native children, adults, and families to share their personal narratives and testimonies to this transformative project.

For information on how to participate and submit your testimony, please visit the Coalition’s website at https://caltribalfamilies.org/call-for-tribal-stories.

“We highly encourage all members of tribal communities in California to lend their voices to this project by sharing stories,” CTFC co-executive director Michelle Castagne said in a prepared statement. “Your stories need to be heard, and your contributions will be a force in fostering a deeper understanding of the issues tribal communities have been facing for decades.”

Although the Indian Child Welfare Act recently survived a constitutional challenge at the US Supreme Court, the coalition will continue to educate the broader community on the importance and impact of ICWA to ensure its protections remain strong in California, the group said in a news release.

CTFC is undertaking the short documentary project with the primary objective of shedding light on the challenges faced by Native families involved in child welfare. By sharing their stories and experiences, those who have experience in the child welfare system can inspire positive change, empathy and solidarity.

The documentary will be narrated by tribal actors, community leaders, and artists who will weave together the stories and testimonies collected from tribal children, adults, and families.

https://caltribalfamilies.org/call-for-tribal-stories-testimonies/

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How to Participate:

If you or your family have experienced the child welfare system and would like to contribute to this short documentary, we invite you to share your story or testimony with us. To participate, please follow these simple steps:

  1. Prepare your story or testimony. To ensure accessibility and accommodate different storytelling preferences, we accept various forms of submissions:
    • Written testimony: Craft a written testimony highlighting your experiences, including any challenges, successes, or specific issues you faced within the child welfare system. length: 3,000 words.
    • Audio/video recording: Record a personal narrative, recounting your experiences, thoughts, and emotions. This can be a self-recorded video or audio clip. Max length: 5 mins.
  2. Ensure your submission is respectful, authentic, and represents your own personal experiences.
  3. Submit your story or testimony via this form.

The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

 


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To Veronica Brown

Veronica, we adult adoptees are thinking of you today and every day. We will be here when you need us. Your journey in the adopted life has begun, nothing can revoke that now, the damage cannot be undone. Be courageous, you have what no adoptee before you has had; a strong group of adult adoptees who know your story, who are behind you and will always be so.

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60s Scoop Survivors Legal Support

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Lost Birds on Al Jazeera Fault Lines

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ADOPTION TRUTH

As the single largest unregulated industry in the United States, adoption is viewed as a benevolent action that results in the formation of “forever families.”
The truth is that it is a very lucrative business with a known sales pitch. With profits last estimated at over $1.44 billion dollars a year, mothers who consider adoption for their babies need to be very aware that all of this promotion clouds the facts and only though independent research can they get an accurate account of what life might be like for both them and their child after signing the adoption paperwork.

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Why tribes do not recommend the DNA swab

Rebecca Tallbear entitled: “DNA, Blood, and Racializing the Tribe”, bearing out what I only inferred:

Detailed discussion of the Bering Strait theory and other scientific theories about the population of the modern-day Americas is beyond the scope of this essay. However, it should be noted that Indian people have expressed suspicion that DNA analysis is a tool that scientists will use to support theories about the origins of tribal people that contradict tribal oral histories and origin stories. Perhaps more important,the alternative origin stories of scientists are seen as intending to weaken tribal land and other legal claims (and even diminish a history of colonialism?) that are supported in U.S. federal and tribal law. As genetic evidence has already been used to resolve land conflicts in Asian and Eastern European countries, this is not an unfounded fear.

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