Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples
The Salem Quarter Indian Affairs Committee facilitates experiential workshops for two age groups: a one-hour program for middle and high schools students, and a two-hour program for adults. Both workshops have been developed in response to calls from Indigenous leaders at the United Nations and the World Council of Churches, and are facilitated by trained Toward Right Relationship presenters. Through the voices of Native Americans, European colonists, Western historians and a narrator, we trace the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery, the 15th-century justification for European subjugation of non-Christian peoples.
For a consultation toward hosting a workshop contact the SQ IAC, (609)221-7247, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to educate for social change we must engage the spirit and, in order to do so, we need to decolonize ourselves. ~R.A. Shahjahan
“Our friend has spoken of the barbarities which have been practiced towards the Indians, and of their present condition of degradation in contrast with their condition when William Penn landed on this continent. It occurred to me to ask if Friends were truly alive to their situation and to the fact of the treatment they have received from the agents who have been employed by the government and who have wronged them so shamefully, whether there would not have been more frequent and more earnest protests and appeals to the government on their behalf. We have not considered the wrongs of Indians as our own. We have aided in driving them further and further west, until, as the poor Indians said, ‘You will drive us away, until we go beyond the setting sun.’ I wonder if, with the profession we Friends have made, of care for the Indians, we have been active enough in our labor.” ~Lucretia Mott, 1869, Abington Peace Meeting (Source: Bacon, Margaret. Lucretia Mott Speaking… Pendle Hill, PA, Pamphlet # 239, p. 3, Abington Peace Meeting 9-19-1869.)