Nature Play a Tradition of Conservation: Environmental Movement Making and the Development of Identity within First Nations Communities

6-7 p.m., Tuesday, November 10th
Zoom Request

In this lecture Janie Pochel will discuss her body of work implementing Nature Play programs within different communities across the Chicagoland area; including the youth lead phytoremediation efforts at the First Nations Community Garden. 

The Issues with Native American Mascots: Mascot Toolkit Workshop

5-7 p.m., Wednesday, November 18th 
Zoom Request

Fawn E. Pochel (First Nations Oji-Cree) is an advocate for social and environmental justice as well as a NEIU History major. This workshop will explore how race based teams logos, mascots and names have been empirically proven to be detrimental to the way in which we view and think about Native peoples. During this workshop participants will gain a deeper understanding of the decades long history of the movement building to eradicate these harmful images and names. 

I’m  Not Your Hollywood Indian

5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 24th
Zoom Request

Francecsa “Frankie” Pedersen will lead a workshop that explores a deeper understanding of how Native peoples are counteracting the stereotypical presentation of “the Indian” through the performing arts. The representation of Native people in the media is largely fictional and contributes to the stereotypical presentation of “the Indian” in America. The ongoing erasure and negative portrayals of Native people adversely affects how all people perceive and see Native people.