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October 12, 2017
6:15 PM - 8:30 PM
Time Details:
Refreshments & Social Time 6:15 p.m. Workshop 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The Collective - Community Arts Center
201 N. Public Rd.
Lafayette, CO 80026
Roots of Injustice
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Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Join Arapaho historian and film maker Ava Hamilton for an interactive/participatory workshop. We will experience the colonization of North America from the point of view of the Native peoples, and ask ourselves, "How can all Americans work together now to heal the wounds of genocide and colonization?" Recommended for high school students and adults. More info at

Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change

Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples

The Toward Right Relationship project offers this workshop in response to calls from Indigenous leaders and the World Council of Churches. The 2-hour exercise traces the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian peoples. Our goal is to raise our level of knowledge and concern about these impacts, recognize them in ourselves and our institutions, and explore how we can begin to take actions toward “right relationship.” We provide suggestions for continued study, reflection, and action. Appropriate for high school students and adults.
In the Doctrine of Discovery, we find the roots of injustice. In the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, we find the seeds of change. How can we nurture these seeds to bring forth the fruits of right relationship among all peoples?
For more information and to request a workshop presentation, please contact project director Paula Palmer at Visit

Past participants say:
This workshop is an innovative and impactful step towards healing. Working with the truth that has never been told about the American myth is vital to all of us in our country if we are to move forward in a more healthy way. ” -- Brett Shelton (Lakota), Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
The workshop was an amazing experience that I expect to remember till my dying day. The mix of clear statements, together with the experiential learning, sent those lessons deep into my understanding.” --Jim Grant, Acadiana Friends Meeting, Louisiana
"This program brought up emotions that I haven’t let myself feel for a while. Now I am ready for action and my mind is spinning with ideas.” --Nico Larson, Naropa University 

Sponsored by the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission and the Lafayette Arts and Cultural Resources Department.