BARAGA, MICHIGAN — The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community will participate in a storytelling forum, called “Healing Stories to Racial Equity” that will allow tribal members to share their stories about racial inequities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The forum will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Niiwin Akeaa Recreational Facility, located at 16429 Beartown Road in Baraga, Michigan.
Tribal citizens are encouraged to “listen to another’s story with hope that we may empathize with each other; and provide building blocks so that we may unite over racial inequities to come up with solutions, in our communities and statewide,” stated Sierra Ayres, a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community.
The American Indian community has traditionally participated in storytelling to share stories for the purpose of healing.
The Healing Stories Event is being sponsoring by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Michigan Roundtable, Red Circle Consulting and Rippling Waters, LLC.
“It is an honor to work with those who are often made invisible in the stories of racial equity. We are working to find the truth and solutions in our communities through the voices and stories of those most affected. Our partnership with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Red Circle Consulting and Rippling Waters, LLC opens the Michigan Roundtable and all those who work with us to experience new stories and new ideas for wholeness,” commented Steve Spreitzer, president and CEO of the Michigan Roundtable. “We look forward to the continued work of this coalition.”
The Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion through the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has been working within four communities across Michigan to support lifting the stories of racial injustice as experienced by residents.