In Episode 8 of the Western Friend podcast, the hosts speak with sociologist, writer, and activist Paula Palmer. A Friend from Boulder Meeting in Colorado, Paula co-coordinates “Toward Right Relationship with Native Peoples,” a program of Friends Peace Teams, with her Ojibwe colleague Jerilyn DeCoteau. As a member of the Indigenous Peoples Concerns Committee of Boulder Friends Meeting, Paula also created and facilitates a workshop titled, “Roots of Injustice, Seeds of Change: Toward Right Relationship with America’s Native Peoples.” Click here to read the transcript of a July 2021 keynote presentation by Paula about this work.
Or first try listening to the "sound bite" below.
The “chapters” in this podcast are:
7:20 On collaboration and building relationships
13:45 On learning from locals
17:54 The role of Quakers during the era of boarding schools
22:47 On the importance of listening
27:10 The process to facilitate healing
30:38 What can we do?
35:57 On reparations and right relations
36:51 Land back
42:35 How Paula is processing this current moment
48:01 How can we better tune in to our blind spots?
50:00 Where would one start to return land?
1:02:59 What would accountability partnerships look like?