May 25, 2022
National American Indian and Alaska Native Childhood Trauma TSA, Category II
Powerless Becoming Powerful: Internalized Colonialism and Lateral Violence in AI/AN Communities
The goal of this event is to inform and reflect on internalized colonialism and lateral oppression, as well as to discuss ways we can help our Native communities come together and heal. For many Native communities, lateral violence is part of a larger cycle of pain that is rooted in colonization. This panel discussion features AI/AN experts and Native community members from across the country. This is an open and honest discussion from a Native perspective on why the oppressed becomes the oppressor and what can be done on a road towards unity. This event will provide strategies for healing and rebuilding what was once taken.
Event Goals and Topics:
- What it is and what it looks like: Define and give personal examples and explain the negative effects of internalized colonialism and lateral violence/oppression.
- Hurt people hurt people: Discuss why this topic is important for Native people, communities, leaders, and Tribal nations.
- What can be done: How AI/AN people, communities, leaders, and Tribal nations can heal and unite.
3-5 ET . 2-4 CT . 1-3 MT . 12-2 PT . 11-1 AKT