8 Easy Ways to Support Indigenous People

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We’ve compiled a non-exhaustive list of ways to begin or continue to unlearn harmful narratives around Thanksgiving and support the wellbeing of Indigenous communities. Decolonization requires a continual process of decentering, as we are all conditioned in so many ways due to Eurocentric dominant culture. We acknowledge that there are many more events, articles, books, and learning sessions out there and invite you to keep researching and doing your homework, and doing the work. 

We all have influence, no matter how small or big our circles are. Keep having these conversations with the people in your life. 

LISTEN, READ, LEARN

Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian has a robust collection of resources on unlearning narratives many of us were told about Thanksgiving and the history of Indigenous peoples. Listen to their comprehensive ‘Giving Thanks’ sessions on how to tell more complete narratives in the classroom or learning environments for youth.

Learn more about the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and the lasting impact violence can have on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. 

Sovereign Bodies Institute works to uphold the sovereignty of all bodies Indigenous peoples hold sacred — physical bodies, land, nations and water. Take time to listen to their powerful webinar highlighting MMIWG2 (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People) family voices in California.

Tune into “Decolonization Is For Everyone,” a 15 minute Tedx Talk by decolonial educator and Indigenous media maker Nikki Sanchez on what decolonization is and why it’s important.

Listen to activist, educator, and cultural practitioner Jamaica Osorio and scholar, poet, and activist Dr. Auntie Noe Noe Wong-Wilson on the All My Relations podcast episode “Hawaiian Resistance, Tourism and Abolition.” They discuss the lessons and revelations from time on the Mauna and pathways forward to honor relationships and empower future generations. Explore further and click here for a list of 12 incredible podcasts led by Indigenous women.

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