Educator and Community Leader Workshop: What is the Relationship Between the Taking of the Land and the Taking of the Children?

Free
Sun Mar 8, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
Smith College, Helen Hills Hills Chapel, 123 Elm Street, Northampton, MA  

Educator and Community Leader Workshop: What is the Relationship Between the Taking of the Land and the Taking of the Children?

This class is limited to 20 participants; pre‐registration is required.

Workshop Description:

This is a special day‐long workshop for educators and community leaders to learn how to enter into conversation with students and community members about unexamined events in social history. Specifically, it will provide an in‐depth learning of some of the history of forced removal of indigenous children form their families and indigenous people from their land, specifically in what is now New England. Teachers and community leaders will lead approaches for incorporating this history into your teaching and leadership. It is organized and led by the Upstander Project and centers around the question: what is the relationship between the taking of the land and the taking of the children?

Trainer

Mishy Lesser, Ed.D., Learning Director for Upstander Project and Education Fellow at the Dodd Research Center at UConn.

Dawnland is an Emmy‐award winning documentary, created by the Upstander Project, that tells the story of the forced removal of Native American children from their homes, and the first official U.S. Truth and Reconciliation Commission formed in response. A screening of the movie on Tuesday, March 3 will be followed by a brief panel discussion. Opportunities to deepen your understanding will continue on Wednesday, March 4 with a conversation about movements for Indigenous Cultural Survival, and on Sunday, March 8 with a workshop for educators and community leaders. Participants may attend any or all of the classes.

The Dawnland screening and related classes are co‐sponsored by the Smith Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Smith Indigenous Students and Allies Association, and the Smith Office for Equity and Inclusion.

Smith College, Helen Hills Hills Chapel, 123 Elm Street, Northampton, MA