Native American Heritage Month: Upcoming events to attend

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: November 12, 2021

As Native American Heritage Month continues, we are highlighting upcoming learning opportunities and conversations that celebrate the hundreds of diverse and vibrant Indigenous communities and cultures that inhabit this land. We have compiled opportunities below for you to engage with Native American Heritage Month: 

  • On Nov. 16 at 10:15 a.m., join IllumiNative for their Instagram Live conversation, “Story as Medicine.” The discussion will feature Crystal EchoHawk, Founder and Executive Director of IllumiNative; and Edgar Villanueva, Principal and Founder of the Decolonizing Wealth Project. See the full Instagram post here. You can also learn more about IllumiNative here.  
  • On Monday, the Administration for Children and Families presented part one of their two- part webinar series focused on equity in Tribal early childhood programs. The conversation detailed recent efforts to design early childhood services and systems that respond to current Tribal needs in a more culturally responsive manner. The second part of the series takes place on Nov. 16 from 1:30-3 p.m. It will explore the topic of resilience and celebrate the achievements of Tribal early childhood programs as they implement these new systems. Participants will also learn more about strategies and resources they can use in their own early childhood programs and communities.  The series has been developed in partnership with the Early Childhood National Centers’ Equity, Inclusiveness, Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practices Workgroup’s Tribal Subcommittee. Register for the webinar here.  
  • The Fall 2021 Raise Colorado Coalition meeting will feature an equity training provided by Tara Manthey, executive director of the Denver Indian Family Resource Center (DIFRC). Tara will help participants learn more about Indigenous history, discuss the strengths and barriers impacting these communities, and how non-Indigenous community members can learn to better advocate for change that empowers and uplifts Indigenous children, families, and communities. The meeting is open to all and will take place on Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. on Zoom. Register here.  

Throughout the rest of the month, we will continue to provide stories, resources, and ways to celebrate the many cultures of the original inhabitants of this land and educate yourself on the challenges Indigenous people continue to face as a result of longstanding discriminatory policies and practices. We recognize that the resources we provide cannot fully encapsulate any singular Indigenous experience. We encourage you to learn more about your own home, and the people who have inhabited the land since long before it was called Colorado. What Native land do you live on?

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.