Indigenous Resilience and Healing Justice Program
Mission: Providing avenues for community resilience, accountability, and survivor-led healing that is rooted in transformative justice and traditional Indigenous teachings.
We are building community healing and safety response networks modeled after traditional Indigenous social governance to actively address the sources of violence in our community, primarily gender based violence. Grounded in our multicultural teachings and recognizing the role of historical trauma, we work to support healing and balance through centering women’s voices to counter the impact of patriarchal colonialism, recognize the ways in which we have replicated colonial violence, and understanding that personal accountability and commitment to restoring community trust is critical for healing. We believe that the building of a culture of consent that is free of interpersonal and community violence must be a de-colonial process based in our cosmology, creation stories, and traditional teachings that can help us re-build lived reciprocity and deep honor of the entire community, including each other, animals, plants, the land, and ecology.
Our network addresses violence utilizing a multipronged approach:
1. Education and Dialogue. We host bi-monthly workshops that bring people together to actively and deeply challenge heteronormative patriarchy and the sources of colonial violence in ourselves and our communities. These deeply personal workshops, rooted in our multicultural Indigenous traditions, honor intergenerational people of all genders, and contribute to restoring and building a culture in which all people have voice, power, and recognition of the special role they have in the world. We have separate workshops for male and female identified community members that complement each other as well as a gender integrated space designed to cultivate honesty, accountability, and build shared family and community work and vision. This work seeks to build alternatives that are rooted in the interconnectedness of all; people, our environment, and animals, in a way that cultivates the creating a culture of consent amongst one another and with all beings.
2. Survivor-Led Response and Resources. Our network core members are available to be contacted by survivors, concerned community members, and perpetrators of violence themselves to be connected with community resources, accompaniment, and the facilitation of survivor-led healing and accountability processes while centering safety, in confidentiality or in open transparency as driven by the needs, request and direction of the survivor. Currently this has been functioning on a word-of-mouth basis. In order to more broadly share that our network offers this service we will be engaging in cohort development, building and documenting our networks’ shared language and practice, and engage with committed partners.
3. Technical Assistance. We are available to other community groups, organizations, families, and Tribal nations to offer workshops or facilitate healing justice meetings and space that align with our stated values and mission.
For more information please contact Timoteio Padilla, Healing Justice Program Director, via Contact Us.