The California Truth & Healing Council will hold its next quarterly meeting at Cal State San Bernardino’s Yasuda Center for Extended Learning on Friday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
In-person registration is prioritized as follows: California Native Americans, Native Americans, policymakers and government, NGOs and philanthropy, general public. Hybrid participation is available via Zoom. Registration is recommended and can be done at the California Truth & Healing Council Quarterly Meeting Eventbrite registration page.
The one-day meeting will begin with a facilitated talking circle using the expertise of a culturally appropriate wellness practitioner, who connects participants with tools to work through historical trauma and the work of the Council. The Circle will be followed by a formal hearing with presentations of historical findings, evidence, outcomes and resources as directed by the Council and will conclude with public comment. The schedule is as follows:
- 9 a.m. | Guests arrive
- 9:30-11 a.m. | Introductions, blessing and community testimonials/sharing
- 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Lunch
- 1:30-3 p.m. | First panel with community discussion
- 3-4:30 p.m.| Second panel with community discussion
- 4:30-5:30 p.m. | Local tribal testimony and community discussion/public comment
The California Truth & Healing Council, created by Gov. Gavin Newsom via Executive Order N-15-19, bears witness to, records, examines existing documentation of, and receives California Native American narratives regarding the historical relationship between the state of California and California Native Americans in order to clarify the historical record of such relationship in the spirit of truth and healing. The Council is led and convened by the Governor’s Tribal Advisor and governed by a Governing Council of California Native American leaders, and may include additional non-voting representatives from California Native American tribes, relevant state and local agencies, and other relevant non-governmental stakeholders.
The Council will submit a final written report of its findings to the Governor’s Office by 2025. The final report should reflect a holistic understanding of the historical relationship between California Native Americans and the state, and may also make recommendations aimed at reparation and restoration, and consider how to prevent similar depredations and/or policies in the future.
The Council’s second quarterly meeting will take place Saturday, Nov. 19, at Sherman Indian High School.
For more information and updates, visit the Governor’s Office of Tribal Affairs website.
For more information about Native American Heritage Month at CSUSB, visit the CSUSB Native American Heritage Month website and follow the First Peoples’ Center on Instagram, @firstpeoplescenter_csusb.