Decolonizing Cascadia is the first of hopefully a series of conversations to help creating a safe space in order to further the discussion about oppression and the potential for intersectionality within our bioregion. It is the goal of the gathering to create a greater community understanding.
The event is being organized through this facebook event page, and has an agenda in the top post. Everyone can add items and craft the conversation. There is a desire to place Black, Native, Latino, Asian, and female voices at the forefront of this conversation, to understand the various tribal and immigrant views on Cascadia; to address the role of Cascadia in colonization, to discuss Lateral Oppression, Indigenization/Reindigenization vs Naturalization, Imperial Exit Strategy, and Political Self Determination.
Organizing time will be set aside at the end for groups or people who want to work together in the future on issues identified in the meeting. Everyone is encouraged to reach out to groups and individuals who would benefit from such a conversation.
It will be facilitated by highly experienced, and skilled facilitator William Aal of Seattle Washington, who is deeply committed to centralizing tribal voices, and those of other oppressed peoples. He is also a permaculture practitioner with knowledge of bioregional issues and a long history of social justice activism in our area. William has a particularly gentle way which I am confident will set a kind and productive tone for our first encounter on this exciting topic.