Finding Oasis: BIPOC Centered Virtual Workshops

This suite of virtual programs is designed by and prioritizes BIPOC communities interested in reparative relationships with the land. We understand that distinct communities have differing definitions of and needs from land justice work, Finding Oasis will name, share, deepen, and support community-specific land justice needs creating coalitions of resources and support between Indigenous and Black communities in the Pacific Northwest.

Finding Oasis looks to global examples of Indigenous-led land justice to inspire regional dialogues between Indigenous and Black communities connecting with land in the Pacific Northwest. In post-screening break out groups, we will we will name the history and limitation of white supremacy, hold space for story-telling and processing, and connect with food sovereignty projects and offer arts-integrated actionable steps and strategies to deepen BIPOC community connections with local land.

All attendees are encouraged to attend these free events as a series, yet it is not required to attend all.

 

February 15th: BIPOC Post-Screening Circle: “This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection” 

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In our first workshop of the series, facilitators and speakers will hold a post screening discussion in BIPOC affinity space after audiences have viewed the Mosotho filmmaker Jeremiah Mosese’s work entitled “This is not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection”. in partnership with the Cascade Festival of African Films.  

In the mountains of Lesotho, an 80-year-old widow named Mantoa eagerly awaits her son’s return from working in the South African mines, only to learn of his demise instead. Yearning for her own death after the loss of her last remaining family member, she puts her affairs in order and makes arrangements to be buried in the local cemetery. Her careful plans are abruptly upset by the news that provincial officials intend to resettle the village, flood the entire area, and build a dam for a reservoir. Mantoa resolves herself to defend the spiritual heritage of the community.

March 25th: BIPOC Post-Screening Circle: “Invasion” 

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The second Workshop in March will also engage BIPOC participants, facilitators, and speakers as we continue this interactive dialogue through story circles and small groups. This time we gather around “Invasion,” a new film about the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and the larger Wet’suwet’en Nation standing up to the Canadian government and corporations who continue colonial violence against Indigenous people.   We will be focusing on building coalitions in our region, nationally, and internationally around Black and Indigenous Land Back movements, food justice, and maturation & reparations. 

 

April 17th: Alumni Summit

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Finally, we will invite participants from each event to attend or present at our Alumni Summit where white counterparts are invited to support our coalition building in the previous workshops by attuning with our collective mission, sharing mutual aid, and networking. Each program will help communities explore complex topics surrounding public land access and identifying and unlearning settler colonial constructs of nature.