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National Day of Racial Healing @NACS

January 16, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Native American Community Services’ “All Our Relations” Project (with support of NACS’ Health & Wellness component) is showing four Native documentaries that all address healing, important issues for many peoples, and how we can promote Indigenous healing.

“Voices of the Community –

Developing Strategies to Promote Indigenous Healing”

An Event in Observance of the National Day of Racial Healing Sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation


Screenings of Four Native Documentaries & Group Discussions after Each Film

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
At NACS, 1005 Grant St., Buffalo NY 14207

AGENDA 9:00 am Opening & Welcome Comments

9:15 am “More Than a Word” — A film about Native American-based sports mascots and the Washington R*dskins which offers a fascinating look at the movement to change the name of the Washington football team, within the broader context of Native history & racial stereotyping

10:40 am “My Own Private Lower Post” — a powerful, beautiful healing story from Duane Gastant’ Aucoin, a Two-Spirited Tlingit, as he seeks to understand how his mother’s trials at a residential boarding school influenced his life. As she shares her story, he comes to realize how he, too, is a survivor and shares how their healing journeys can be grounded within traditional Tlingit culture *

12:00 pm “The Dawes Commission” — presented by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, this film describes the Dawes Act, a federal attempt to mandate individual ownership by Natives on their own land and to force them to abandon their ancestral, communal rights to their Indigenous land base *

1:10 pm “Awake — A Dream from Standing Rock” – this film tells the dramatic story of the historic #NODAPL Native-led peaceful resistance at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Tens of thousands of activists traveled to North Dakota from all over the world to take a stand alongside the “water protectors”

4:00 pm Thanks & Closing of the National Day of Racial Healing at NACS


  •   Each film WILL START ON TIME, and people may attend any film(s) as you are able to
  •   There will be refreshments served throughout the day, with corn soup over lunchtime
  •   This alcohol-free and drug-free event is FREE & OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY
  •   Group discussions will be held after every film
  •   * Films asterisked indicate a substantial portion being spoken in the respective Native


    For more information, please contact Pete Hill, “All Our Relations” Project Director at (716) 874-2797, ext. 348 or [email protected] RSVP’s are appreciated but not needed for this event.

    The “All Our Relations” Project is funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, as well as foundations, businesses, and caring individuals, like you. Nyah-weh! Thank you!



January 16, 2018
9:00 am - 4:00 pm