The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) is excited to announce our very first Boarding School Healing Virtual Summit, Healing Narratives: Past, Present, and Future, to be held on Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

It was our plan to host another in-person Boarding School Healing Conference this year, yet we remain committed to helping keep all of our elders and friends healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, and decided that a Virtual Summit was just the ticket!

We are grateful for the support of the WK Kellogg Foundation for their support of this Summit. Because of their generosity, we are offering complimentary registration for everyone who wishes to attend but we are encouraging a $25 donation from those who also wish to support this important work to understand and address the ongoing trauma caused by Indian boarding schools. 

Over the last 7 years, more and more stories from our boarding school survivors and descendants have been offered by our elders. It so important for us to hear these stories and we are grateful. During our first two conferences in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and Tulalip, Washington, we were gifted with even more stories about their boarding school experiences and their healing. We must continue to share and listen.

Over the last few months, most of us have experienced an incredible new way of living, having been impacted in the ways that we have by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have had to learn to navigate or re-navigate isolation, to wear masks, be more diligent in our handwashing, and so much more, all to keep each other safe—especially our elders and our more vulnerable relatives. And many of us, especially in Native communities and families, have experienced even more loss.

In addition, we are experiencing another great civil rights movement for racial and social justice. We are witnessing, participating in, and advocating for equity and peace through our rights to gather in protest and prayer. All of which impacts our lives, families, villages, and tribal nations for future generations to have a better chance at healing our world.

And so, we thought it time for us to hear from our elders and leaders the wisdom and good visions we need to hear right now. We look forward to gathering with you, as together we promote both Truth and Healing through the telling and hearing of Healing Narratives: Past, Present, and Future.

Deadline to Register is Tuesday, November 17, 2020


by Clyde Bellecourt, White Earth Ojibwe

10:30 - 11:00am CST

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Clyde Bellecourt, White Earth Ojibwe

Honoring our Memories Panel

November 18th, 2020 | 11:15 am - 12:45 pm CST

Hear from our elders who attended assimilative boarding schools. They will share their strength, healing, and resiliency with us as we honor the memories of all our ancestors and relatives who survived all that was given and all that was lost so that we could be here today.

Seven Generations of Healing Panel

November 18th, 2020 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm CST

This panel brings together elders, youth, and everyone in between to discuss what we as resilient people are doing today to ensure healing for ourselves, our communities, and our relatives for the next seven generations to come. Through advocacy and education, we heal and become stronger for our future.


by Sandy White Hawk, Sicangu Lakota

November 18th, 2020 | 3:45 - 5:30pm CST

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Sandy White Hawk, Sicangu Lakota 

Agenda At-a-Glance

Join us at the Summit!
November 18, 2020 
*CST time zone 
10:00 am - 10:30 am
Opening Ceremony and Prayer
10:30 am - 11:00 am    
Keynote Address
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Keynote by Clyde Bellecourt, White Earth Ojibwe
11:00 am - 11:15 am
11:15 am - 12:45 pm
Honoring our Memories Panel
12:45 pm - 1:00 pm
Morning Wrap-Up
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Lunch Hour and Entertainment
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Seven Generations of Healing Panel
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
3:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Closing Ceremony and Prayer 
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 Keynote by Sandy White Hawk, Sicangu Lakota 

Virtual Access

Meeting Location

Enjoy the meeting experience on the WHOVA app and Zoom platforms.


How Do I Participate?

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

Step 2:  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 Narratives Past, Present, Future Boarding School Healing Virtual Summit on your calendar.

Step 4:  Check your email account on November 17 for full virtual Summit access information.

Step 5:  Make attendance a priority.

When are the different Summit panels?

The virtual Summit will take place at 10:00 am - 5:30 pm on Wednesday, November 18th. Please check our interactive agenda and the Summit app for details and updates. Please note all events are Central Daylight Time.

Contact the NABS Virtual Summit Organizers


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Thank You

Thank you for the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
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