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The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) is pleased to invite you to our Boarding School Healing Virtual Summit: Healing in a Time of Truth and Justice, to be held on Friday, November 19 and Saturday, November 20, 2021.

For the second year, we are hosting a Virtual Summit to ensure that all of our elders and friends stay healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for the support of all our donors. Because of their generosity, we are offering complimentary registration for everyone who wishes to attend and encourage a $50 donation per day from those who wish to support this important work to understand and address the ongoing trauma caused by Indian boarding schools.

We are living through a historic moment for boarding school healing, so it is more important than ever that we gather together to hear from boarding school survivors and honor the many-faceted experiences of those who attended Indian boarding schools. Centering Truth, Justice, and Healing during our two-day Virtual Summit, we will highlight the intergenerational voices who are the heart of this movement.

This is also a time for action. We will be providing the latest updates on the bill that has been introduced into Congress for a Truth and Healing Commission on U.S. Indian Boarding Schools, including ways that you can support this crucial legislation. There is an international groundswell of support for recognizing and seeking accountability for the harms done during the assimilative Indian boarding school era—so we know we must act now.

We look forward to gathering with you in the pursuit of Healing in a Time of Truth and Justice.

Registration Policies

  • Registration will close on Thursday, November 18 at 4:00 pm Central/ 5:00 pm ET for Friday, November 19, 2021, Healing Summit Day One.  All registrations received by this time will receive a virtual access email with details on Thursday by 7:00 pm Central/ 8:00 pm EST.

  • New registrations received will close on Friday, November 19 at 4:00 pm Central/ 5:00 pm ET for Saturday, November 20, 2021, Healing Summit Day Two. All registrations received by this time will receive a virtual access email with details on Friday by 7:00 pm Central/ 8:00 pm EST.

  • Important Note: If your registration was received before 4:00 pm Central/ 5:00pm on Thursday, November 18, you are registered for the full 2-day Summit. 

 

Please check the email address you entered during registration to gain access to our Virtual Healing Summit.

Registration Fees & Donation Levels

Our Annual Boarding School Healing Summit is the Time for You to Help Us to Support Our Elders Staying Healthy and Safe!

 
 

Agenda At-A-Glance

National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition Virtual Summit

Healing in a Time of Truth and Justice

Friday, November 19 and Saturday, November 20, 2021

Friday
November 19, 2021 
All time is in CST 
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Opening Ceremony and Prayer 

 

10:30 - 11:00 AM

Morning Keynote Address

Denise Lajimodiere-NABS Co-Founder (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe)

 

11:00 - 11:15 AM 

Transition Break

 

11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Bearing Witness to Survivors' Stories

Don’t miss this panel of elders who will share their healing journeys from the impacts of attending assimilative boarding schools. They will share their strength, healing, and resiliency with us and we will honor their experiences and uplift their voices. 

  • Moderator: Sandy White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota)

  • Ta-ah Amy Marie George (Tsleil-Waututh Nation)

  • Mitch Walking Elk (Cheyenne and Arapaho)

  • Patsy Whitefoot (Yakama Nation)


12:45 - 1:00 PM

Morning Wrap Up

 

1:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch Break and Entertainment

Special Guest Dallas Goldtooth (Mdewakantonwan Dakota) 

1:30 - 3:00 PM 

Documenting the Truth and Decolonizing Research

This session will focus on decolonizing research and Indigenous ways of knowing. The panelists will highlight several Indigenous-led research projects, explore what it means to decolonize the research process, and uphold Indigenous data sovereignty. Boarding school research especially requires Indigenous methods and researchers.

 

  • Moderator: Samuel Torres, Ed.D. (Mexica/Nahua)

  • Sandy White Hawk (Sicangu Lakota)

  • Dr. Theresa John (Yup’ik)

  • Christine Diindiisi McCleave (Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe)


3:00 - 3:15 PM

Transition Break

 

3:15 - 4:00 PM

Day One Closing Keynote and Prayer

Jim LaBelle Sr. (Inupiaq), Boarding School Survivor and NABS Board Member

 

4:00 PM

Thank You and Send Off

Saturday
November 20, 2021 
All time is in CST 

10:00 - 10:30 AM

Opening Ceremony and Prayer

 

10:30 - 11:00 AM

Morning Keynote Address

Stephanie Scott, Executive Director, National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

 

11:00 - 11:15 AM 

Transition Break

 

11:15 AM - 12:45 PM

Advocating for Truth and Justice

Join us as we discuss Secretary Haaland’s Initiative and the bill for a Truth and Healing Commission on Indian Boarding School Policies in the U.S. We will examine important aspects of both of these actions to seek truth and healing for stolen Native children and their communities. Learn how you can help support this important initiative and legislation. 

Hear from:

  • Representative Sharice Davids

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren

  • U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland (Invited)

 

Live Panel featuring:

  • Moderator: Deborah Parker (Tulalip Tribes)

  • Fawn Sharp, President of the National Congress of American Indians (Quinault Indian Nation)

  • Tim O’Loan (Sahtu Dene)

  • Christine Diindiisi McCleave (Turtle Mountain Anishinaabe)

12:45 - 1:00 PM

Morning Wrap Up

 

1:00 -1:30 PM

Lunch Break and Entertainment

A Peek into the Upcoming Feature Film Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story

Special Guest: Executive Producer Nedra Darling (Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation)

1:30 - 3:00 PM 

Youth-Led Movements Toward Intergenerational Healing

Hear from Indigenous youth who are rising up, speaking out, and organizing to seek justice for survivors and victims of Indian Boarding Schools. This panel focuses on youth who have been active in their community advocating for boarding school truth, healing, and justice. Learn from them as they discuss their emotional and healing work.

  • Moderator Iko’tsimiskimaki “Ekoo” Beck (Blackfeet/Red River Métis)

  • Representatives from the International Indigenous Youth Council - Oglala Lakota chapter

  • Representatives from the Sicangu Lakota Youth Council

3:00 - 3:15 PM

Transition Break

 

3:15 - 4:00 PM

Closing Ceremony and Prayer

 

4:00 PM

Thank You and Send Off

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Virtual Access

Meeting Location

The Summit will take place virtually on the Zoom platform.

How Do I Participate?

Step 1: This is a private event, please register to attend. 

Step 2: We will use the Zoom platform for the Summit. If you need a brief training on how to navigate the virtual Summit, let us know on the registration form. We will send you a short video on the best practices, how-to instructions, and everything you will need to know to engage successfully at the Summit.

Step 3:   Put the Healing in a Time of Truth and Justice Virtual Summit on your calendar, November 19-20, 2021.

Step 4:  Check your email account on November 18th for full virtual Summit access information.

Step 5:  Make attendance a priority.

Contact the NABS Virtual Summit Organizers

nabs@aspecialgathering.com

 
 

Thank you to our supporter 

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