Native Movement believes that in order to make meaningful and lasting change it is critical to address root-causes and dismantle oppressive systemic power structures. Grassroots leadership rooted in responsibility to community and utilizing strategies grounded in an Indigenized worldview and decolonizing frameworks is a powerful path forward.
We believe in building equitable and respectful community organizing practices, getting to the root of the matter, uplifting intersectionality, and furthering a healing path. Understanding the impacts of the power and privilege structures of colonialism, racism, patriarchy, and capitalism is essential. Additionally, committing to healing practices both in our work and our lives is essential to the longevity and joy of the work before us.
Our trainings, workshops, and camps are not exclusive to Indigenous peoples, rather our leadership model is shaped from an Indigenous worldview which emphasizes deep acknowledgment of place-based knowledge and the joy of building community.
2019 Upcoming Training Opportunities
Our community trainings take place in the locations we are based out of — Anchorage or Fairbanks — so please double check the location. If you would like to request a training in your location check out the link below.
Untangling Colonialism — Decolonizing Advocacy. RSVP
Anchorage: Saturday, September 7, 10am-3:00pm
Direct Action - Making Bold Moves. Application REQUIRED
Fairbanks: Friday September 20, 5:30-8:30PM.
Community Art Build. Open to all, please RSVP. Join in a day of creative messaging, learn how to make various do-it-yourself banners and build ideas for more creative resistance messaging. Join us the entire day or come by for an hour, just RSVP so we know who’s coming.
Fairbanks: Saturday September 21, 11am-5pm.
Untangling Colonialism, Part 1. RSVP
Building a Decolonizing Practices, Part 2. RSVP
Grassroots Advocacy - Building Change From the Roots Up
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Request Native Movement trainings or facilitation support
According to our organizing principles, we will only carry out trainings in other communities if local community members invite us. We are committed to supporting community-organizing throughout Alaska. We welcome your request for Native Movement support, workshops, and/or organizing trainings. We also have limited time and resources, therefore, we can not guarantee we will be able to accommodate all requests. Please fill out the linked form and we will do our best. For more information please contact Enei Begaye Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org
Brief Summaries of Trainings and Workshops
Listed below are brief descriptions of a few trainings we have hosted recently. All our trainings utilize a range of possible activities and discussions designed for participants from a diversity of ages and backgrounds.
Untangling Colonialism – Building a Decolonizing Framework. A decolonizing practice requires recognition of the history of colonization and its current manifestations. This training briefly covers United States Federal Indian Policy carried out dominantly in the lower 48 and its expansion into Alaska policy and the implications on Alaska Native peoples. Additionally, participants will discuss how the history of environmental conservation has mirrored colonial world-views and what possible strategies we can further in order to decolonize conservation. This training delves into the spectrum of decolonizing strategies; from various personal, institutional, and systemic pathways forward.
Just Transition Framework – Shifting to Regenerative Economies. Just Transition builds a common language across various sectors of work (environmental, labor, conservation, academia, etc.) from which we can endeavor to build greater collective power. This training builds collective understandings of root causes of communal ills and a regenerative vision of the future while outlining a path of transition forward.
Building People Powered Campaigns for Justice: This training goes through some of the basics of community organizing and how to build collective strategies that analyze community problems to find tangible solutions. This training can include vision and mission building, campaign planning, power mapping, SMARTI, base building, media tools, public speaking, and facilitation skill building.
Indigenous Feminism & Gender Dialogue: This session connects patriarchy and colonialism as one of the means by which we understand Indigenous Feminism. We explore the harmful impacts of patriarchy and the many forms of feminism. We unpack modern LGBTQ and gender terminology; and we build discussions around Indigenous gender concepts. The goal of this session is to create a safe and empowering space to build greater understanding of gender, sexuality, and the many forms of feminism.
Justice — Dismantling Oppressive Power & Privilege. Understanding unseen privileges and how that relates to power dynamics is critical to untangling and dismantling harmful systems of oppression. How is environmental justice different from environmentalism? How are Indigenous Peoples rights related to social justice? How does grassroots feminism relate to our work? What does building equity and alignment among allies look like and how can we more meaningfully build solidarity movements?
Building Meaningful Partnerships and Solidarity. What does “intersectionality” mean and what does it look like? How can we build coalitions and partnerships that go beyond the transactional? How can we work with allies in a clear and trusting way in order to further our collective vision? This training goes through a number of tools for building trust, understanding our roles, and determining our place in the spectrum of work that needs to be done.
Art for Action Skill Build. This is a workshop that supports various art builds and techniques for “front-loading” art into campaign messaging. This can take shape in various mediums from film to theater to visual arts. Concise messaging along with group collaboration tools are key to Art for Action. Depending on the time frame for this workshop we can get into some hands-on skill building time, everything from Do It Yourself Banner Making skills to spray paint techniques.
Direct Action — Building Boldness. In carrying out successful campaigns direct action is a useful tactic to be skilled in. There are many forms direct action from protests or rallies to sit-ins and lock downs. This training give some tools for finding collective agreement on what types of direct action tactics are strategic. This training includes how to organize and implement various types of actions, how to de-escalate situations, how to build strategic escalation plans, and many other important things to think about when utilizing direct action tactics.
Annual Northern Organizer Summits
At the Howard Luke Gaalee’ya Spirit Camp on the banks of the Tanana River outside of Fairbanks, AK.
2019: Gender Justice, Healing, & Action
The camp focused on Gender Justice, Healing, and Direct Action. Intended for active and engaged Alaskan community members who have some understanding of or experience in Decolonizing and Just Transition frameworks. Community organizers, activists, artists, and allies participated in the 2019 Northern Organizers Summit. We believe it is essential for community organizers and leaders to build respectful and equitable community organizing practices, root-cause analysis, intersectionality, and self-transformation.
2018: ART IN ACTION CAMP
This past year's camp focused on Art in Action! Art can be both a reflection of the world surrounding and a critical tool for re-shaping worldview. As we work to build a better world, we must dig our hands and our hearts into the essential creation of art — Art that Reflects and Art that Reshapes! 40 Alaska community organizers, their children, and an amazing support team spent four days together at the beautiful Howard Luke Gaalee’ya center on the banks of the Tanana River outside of Fairbanks, AK. The camp is designed to be a healing space, grounded in Decolonizing & Just Transition frameworks. Additionally, participants choose from one of three art tracks: Visual Arts, Theater Arts, & Digital Arts.
COMING SOON: Check out some of this year's Digital Arts short film creations!