400 Years: Truth & Healing for 7 Generatons
An interfaith / intercommunity project of listening, connecting, and acting for justice 400 years after the 1620 landing of English settlers on Native lands in the Northeast.
We will be holding a live virtual gathering on Sunday, Oct. 18th 2:00 pm on YouTube and Facebook. (Links to take part will be distributed widely at a later date.)
Although the pandemic prevents us from gathering in person, we are planning for some of our program to be broadcast from Unity Park in Turners Fall, MA.
Unity Park is near the site of the Great Falls Massacre on May 19, 1676.Our gathering this fall builds on the the historic Reconciliation Ceremony held on this site on May 19, 2004.
We are working together to
LISTEN to Indigenous voices
On Oct. 18 we will hear from:
- Rhonda Anderson - Iñupiaq - Athabascan Commissioner of Indian Affairs for W. Mass
- Larry Spotted Crow Mann - Nipmuc author, cultural educator & singer
- Jim Peters - Mashpee Wampanoag Commissioner of Indian Affairs
- Bryan Blanchette - Nulhegan Abenaki singer & musician
CONNECT as we build ongoing relationships of respect & solidarity.
Interfaith allies participating in the Oct. 18 program will include:
- Sr. Clare Carter - New England Peace Pagoda
- Dr. Mohammed Saleem Bajwa - Islamic Society of Western Mass
- Rev. Kelly Gallagher - United Church of Christ Justice & Witness Ministries
- John Sheldon - musician
ACT for justice.
We commit ourselves to stand with Native-led efforts for rights, respect & land for Native peoples of the Northeast
We are raising funds for four projects advancing Native concerns & needs as a beginning act of repair for the enormous damage done:
- Native Land Conservancy
- Ohketeau Cultural Center
- Nipmuk Cultural Preservation Inc. and
- Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust
Checks to support these groups can be made out to:
Interfaith Council of Franklin County (ICFC)
and mailed to: P.O. Box 1171, Greenfield, 01302
(Note on envelope & check that donation is for “400 Years Project”)
All donations received on this event webpage will also go to support these same Native reparations projects.
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