Unsettling Ourselves: A Discussion Group (in St. Paul!) Facilitated by Unsettling Minnesota
Join Unsettling Minnesota for Unsettling Ourselves: A Discussion Group
Unsettling Minnesota is a collective of non-Dakota people working in solidarity towards decolonization in Dakota homelands, find out more about Unsettilng Minnesota at UnsettlingMinnesota.org. This course is designed to create community, education, and organized networks for non-Dakota allies to act in solidarity with upcoming Dakota decolonization struggles. We will listen to the desires, demands, knowledge and goals of Dakota community members struggling for liberation and decolonization. We will educate ourselves about Dakota perspectives on “minnesotan” history, de/colonization & liberation, white & settler/colonizer privilege, solidarity politics, and racism, through carefully chosen texts and group discussion. Together, we will build a collective knowledge base that centers decolonization within our ideas of anti-oppression. Dakota traditional knowledge and spirituality will not be shared and this is not a space for non- Dakota people to seek appropriation of Dakota culture or an “in” to spiritual practices. Cultural appropriation will be discussed & confronted as an act of colonization. For white people in the class, acknowledgment, commitment, and vulnerability to confronting white & colonizer privilege, as well as working to transform feelings of guilt into action towards decolonization will be crucial and necessary personal work required. The end goal is to create active ally solidarity networks that can be mobilized when need be -- in answer to Dakota calls for solidarity from non-Dakota folks, based on direct communication with and knowledge of Dakota desires. Class members will be asked to act not as individuals, but as members of their own communities—to act within their networks to further spread knowledge and mobilize solidarity. If you have scheduling conflicts that don't enable your participation, you can email the addresses below and request to be added to a listserve that will update you about educational events, actions, or other relevant info. For interested people who can't be present but want to stay current with readings, etc. feel free to e-mail us and let us know of your interest. Hope to see you in St. Paul in April!
Objectives of this discussion group: * Read, reflect, talk, listen and learn more about this land we occupy, and its original peoples * Re-examine our relationships to ourselves, each other and this land * Explore together the political possibility of decolonization, and the personal possibility of unlearning our colonizer mentalities * Educate other settlers about the ongoing effects of colonization, hetero-patriarchy, and the intersections between multiple oppressions * Build a base of settlers doing tangible local solidarity work with decolonization-oriented Dakota-led struggles * Grow the capacity of Unsettling Minnesota to do this work * Reproduce a structure that will not only motivate and educate the participants, but build deeper lasting relationships
Cahoots Coffee Bar
1562 Selby AveSt. Paul, MN 55401
We both experienced last year's Spring EXCO course entitled "Dakota Decolonization: Solidarity Education for Allies". As a result of that class, we helped form the activist group Unsettling Minnesota.
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