INDIGENOUS SOCIAL JUSTICE & WELLNESS
Social Justice for Indigenous Peoples
We believe that in order to advocate for social justice, we need to participate in social justice movements for Indigenous Peoples. As part of this commitment, we take a stand against the oppression and suppression of our Indigenous human rights as peoples of Turtle Island and in global Indigenous rights movements. We support the protections of Native nations’ Treaty rights and we promote self-determination for Native nations. We witness and we protect these rights through direct social action and education.
Water is Life Movement
We stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe protecting their waters, sacred grounds and way of life. This is a multi-layered movement that involves not only stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline, but, it has shed light on other environmental issues and Indigenous Peoples struggles. Healing Arrows has been fortunate to have sent witnesses to Standing Rock several times to pray, build community, hold-up the voices of the Water Protectors and to educate ourselves and others on the “Water is Life” movement.
Our ancestors lived in communities that were cohesive and bound together in shared beliefs. Today, colonization has fragmented our communities and our lives. A return to “Walking in Beauty” is to strive for harmony among all of our ancestors. Peacemaking and various ceremonial practices are two ways in which we bring about balance in our communities and ourselves. We promote these practices and physical activities that empower communities to adopt healthy living founded on the ideal of “Walking in Beauty.”
Indigenous Participatory Action Research
Participatory Action Research (PAR) is a research approach founded on the principle that when those impacted by the research participate in the research, their participation will influence the outcome and lead to transformation and social action.
Healing Arrows for Social Justice and Wellness bases its research approach on this principle, inviting Indigenous communities to participate in the research and the development of their own social justice action plan.