Reckoning with our Past, Moving Forward with Gratitude and Reparations
Many in our community observe Thanksgiving as a secular holiday of gratitude and communal food ways. We celebrate this observance, and recognize that it does not erase the violent origins of this holiday, the theft of indigenous land, and the continued oppression of indigenous peoples.
In an effort to responsibly observe the Thanksgiving holiday, we at UUCA have compiled the following list of educational sources and organizations to contribute to as we redistribute our resources.
We wish all a joyful and thoughtful holiday!
Kids and Youth: Learning for Justice has compiled accessible, interesting, and easy-to-use resources to discuss and learn about the true history of Thanksgiving with kids and Youth. Click HERE.
Responsible Observance: This short article from Bustle and Ayana Lage outlines guidelines for responsible, thoughtful observance of Thanksgiving. Click HERE.
Truthsgiving: DoSomething.org and writer Jackie Menjivar give a brief history, rife with resources for further investigation, on what actually occurred on that first “Thanksgiving.” Click HERE.
There are many important organizations led by Indigenous and Native people. Here are just a few places to redistribute your funds this Thanksgiving. Consider passing a plate around your table, or taking some time during dinner to make a group contribution.
International Indigenous Youth Council: The IIYC seeks to organize youth through education, spiritual practices and civic engagement to create positive change in our communities. Through action and ceremony, the IIYC commits to building a sustainable future for the next seven generations. Donate HERE.
NDN Collective: NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building and narrative change, we are creating sustainable solutions on Indigenous terms. Donate HERE.
Seeding Sovereignty: Seeding Sovereignty, an Indigenous-led collective, works to radicalize and disrupt colonized spaces through land, body, and food sovereignty work, community building, and cultural preservation. By investing in Indigenous folks and communities of the global majority, we cross the threshold of liberation together. Donate HERE.
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