This past week I attended the Native Organizers Alliance annual training in Kyle, SD. I made a lot of great relationships in this training. I went into this training hoping to learn how to be a better community organizer. Not only did I learn how to better my community, I came out of the training with a better sense of who I am as a person.
For myself, one of the most impactful parts of this training was the discussion we had about LGBTQ+/2-spirit roles in our communities. I identify as 2-spirit and I felt very respected when Judith Leblanc and Faith Spotted Eagle asked Lauren & me to facilitate the discussion of the topic. In this discussion, we talked about some roles 2-spirits play in our own communities, the differences between LGBTQ+ and 2-Spirits, and ways to support 2-spirits.
We also learned about indigenous mindfulness, indigenous sovereignty, sacred organizing principals, healing from historical trauma, power mapping, direct action training, and sooo much more! This training was far more than community organizing, I learned coping mechanisms, steps to resolving trauma and ways to practice self-care!
I learned so much from this training that I will definitely take back to my community. I came out of this training with a better sense of who I am as a youth organizer. I'm super excited to take everything that I learned and incorporate it into my organizing. I'm very honored to have participated in this year's NOA training! Thank you Native Organizers Alliance and Thunder Valley CDC!
Thank you Judith Leblanc, Faith Spotted Eagle, Andrew Ironshell, Shelly Means, Robert Chanate, Nick Tilsen, Guy!