Wrestling with the Truth of Colonization Summer 2023

This Initiative was developed by the Industrial Areas Foundation (of which Common Good is a member) with focus on the impacts and history of relationships between the dominant society and Indigenous Peoples of the four colonized countries of our Affiliate Organizations in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In the long term, it is meant to eliminate systemic barriers in the current dominant structures by creating conditions that protect and expand Indigenous sovereignty and self-governance while creating racial equity for all. One part of this process is to maximize the existing capacity of Indigenous organizations to tell their own stories and become vehicles for their members to find and exercise their inherent power. At the same time we focus on creating durable relational ties between Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations, developed at the speed of trust to form long term commitments that lead to an equitable future.

This collective work was led by a group of Indigenous Peoples worldwide. 

Program Notes:

  • Please confirm that you are able to attend all of the first five sessions before registering, as each session builds on the learnings of the previous evening. There are three follow-up sessions in addition to these core sessions where attendance is also expected from all participants. 
  • This is a training series that seeks to center the lived experiences of Indigenous Peoples, the work that is ongoing in our communities and the emotional work that comes from this. Please be prepared to engage in this emotional labor and reflection.
  • Wrestling with the Truth of Colonization is more than the training sessions listed here, it is a community organizing program. The goal is to take the learning and reflection from these sessions and turn them into long-term community organizing efforts towards upholding native sovereignty and real solidarity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. 

The local team:

  • Has worked closely with the CSKT Séliš-Ql̓ispé Culture Committee to approve any local content we share in our training, as well as share the many resources they have compiled, written, and published about their history and this area;
  • Partnered with Common Good members to provide trained small group facilitators;
  • Is here to provide support to the attendee and their organization through the emotional process of going through this training.


Introductory Briefings

All registrants must participate in one Introductory Briefing before joining the main sessions. If you were registered for the postponed-April session, you do not need to attend one of these briefings.

August 8th: 4:00-4:30pm MST

August 10th: 4:00-4:30pm MST 

Five Core Sessions: Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons

August: 15, 17, 22, 24, 31*

All sessions from 4:00-6:00PM MST

*note that there is no session on August 29th, there is a week between the 4th and 5th sessions. 

Follow-up Sessions: 

Dates for Follow-up sessions will be announced during the five core sessions. The follow-up sessions will be spaced out a month out from one another and will be in person, focusing on more localized content. These dates will be different depending on the IAF NW affiliate organization you are a part of. 

All sessions listed above will be held over Zoom.

If you do not belong to a Member Institution of Common Good Missoula, the fee to participate is $250.00. Payment can be made here.

August 15, 2023 at 4:00pm - 6pm

Will you come?