On the heels of Thanksgiving (aka Thanks-taking), decolonizing this holiday means we tell the truth about the violence this country has inflicted towards indigenous peoples, while also standing in solidarity with and honoring the ongoing struggle for native sovereignty.
As we prepare to gather in safe & virtual ways with family and friends, the conversation may come up about the history of Thanksgiving. As parents for liberation, we want to ensure we tell our little ones the truth about colonialism and other oppressions. We’re revisiting podcast Episode 14 “Colonialism and Other -Isms” featuring Professor Tiffany Lanoix for ways to break down complex topics in age-appropriate ways.
More than talking about the history of Thanksgiving and the violence perpetrated against indigenous folks of this land, we also want to invite you to engage in conversations about the resilience and preserving strength of indigenous folks who fought back and lived! We stand in solidarity with native communities, and learn from their indigenous wisdom and practices that have been sustained for centuries, including their practice of food as medicine.
We partnered with Move to End Violence for a video series on intergenerational movement building that includes children and families in social justice movements. One of those conversations was with Sarah Curtiss about reclaiming ancestral practices through cooking, growing, and preparing food as part of liberation.
As an accompaniment to the conversation, we invite you to create your own recipe for liberation and share them with us on social media using the hashtag #P4LRecipeForLiberation.