The Concordia CDF team aims to engage in research and restorative action for Indigenous people in western Minnesota and eastern North Dakota, home to Native/Indigenous communities of Anishinaabeg/Ojibwe and Dakota Sioux heritage. This project will confront the realities of systemic racism that impact the education, economic opportunities, and lives of Native American/Indigenous peoples and people of color. Specifically, the team will focus on the intergenerational trauma induced by the longer history of mandatory-attendance boarding schools, strategies to repair trust given this history, and language learning as a form of reparations.
Ultimately, this project aims to:
- Promote much-needed healing for Native American/Indigenous families
- Improve the educational situation for Native American/Indigenous students in our schools
- Improve service providers’ understanding of Native Americans/Indigenous peoples’ challenges and adopt a trauma-based approach
- Help Native American/Indigenous parents to trust and use services designed to provide assistance.
Professor of English
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