International Mother Language Day & International Decade of Indigenous Languages

Each year, February 21 is International Mother Language Day, proclaimed by the United Nations and observed annually for the last two decades to promote multilingualism and cultural diversity. 2022-2032 is also the International Decade of Indigenous Languages, dedicated to ensuring indigenous peoples’ right to preserve, revitalize, and promote their languages. The United Nations General Assembly…

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Born Good: Coloring Book Release

LJIST is excited to release our core principles coloring book, Born Good: Coloring Our Way to Social Justice Healing, in celebration of International Mother Tongue Day and International Decade of Indigenous Languages!   The coloring book features illustrations of our eight core principles by artist Laura Lopez Cano. (Fun fact: Laura painted the art that you may have seen behind Nanci in…

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Boarding Schools & Detention Centers

Healing from Policies of Genocide & Adultism I first heard about Indian Boarding Schools as a college student, almost as a US historical footnote. It wasn’t until I watched the Australian film Rabbit Proof Fence that I started to understand how boarding schools operate as an international mechanism of genocide. And it is only in…

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Stopping the Cycle of Oppression: How Our Early Hurts Perpetuate Injustice

The Nature of Human Beings: Spontaneous Healing from Hurts As young people we experienced many hurts. Hurts can be intentional or accidental. They can happen consciously or unawarely. Perhaps, like me, when you hear the word “hurt” you think of physical hurts and those are included here. For example, an unintentional hurt is falling while…

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Thank You, Educators!

A Message of Gratitude and Support during COVID-19 This message was originally delivered as part of an in-person keynote titled “Healing Together: Creating a Community of Solidarity with Young People“ at the Portland Public Schools Leadership Institute on Wednesday August, 11, 2021. With the exception of parents, it’s educators who have witnessed first-hand the ravages…

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Congresswoman Lee Calls for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Commission

“The pain our country feels is rooted in generations of institutional racism. People of color are dying unjust deaths at the hands of power abusers. Whether it be the abuse of power that poisons the air and water surrounding communities of color, taking away protections for undocumented young people, underfunding Tribes putting them at disproportionate…

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