The Native Justice Coalition was formed in 2016 with the intent of being a platform for healing, social, and racial justice for all Native American people. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing platform for Native people based in an anti-oppression framework. We seek to collaborate first and foremost with tribal governments, Native American non-profits, and other Native American led community organizations. Our goal is to bring resources, initiatives, and programming into our tribal communities that are creative, engaging, and transformative.
We are a grassroots, community based, and progressive Anishinaabe Native led coalition. How we define being progressive is based in centering Native people in racial justice or harm reduction that has culturally sensitive supports for healing. While our work focuses primarily on racial justice this work is interrelated with many other areas such as addiction recovery or sex trafficking. Since we are still a very new organization our focus is on primarily growing our racial justice work. However, we are open to collaborating on projects with tribal communities, universities, and other community based organizations that are outside of our key focus areas.
It is extremely important to decolonize philanthropy because it actively supports settler colonialism plain and simple. By denying the problem and providing the lowest amount of funding out of all groups, we will not be able to lead our own work in our own communities. At the Native Justice Coalition, we encourage all potential donors on all levels to learn more about the funding disparity and that in fact this an injustice in itself. Philanthropic efforts have long ignored Native communities and invest their dollars into urban centers rather than have a critical analysis on why this is, what this maintains, and the overall goals of ignoring our communities. Racial justice can’t be achieved if you ignore the First People in our own place. When we are given no consideration, ignored, erased, labeled as the “other” or “something else,” this actively contributes to many current injustices that we face on a day to day basis.
We emphasize working in rural, remote, and reservation communities where little grant or philanthropic dollars go to. We are not opposed to working in cities however the funding disparity in philanthropy pushes us to break down this injustice. At the Native Justice Coalition we are passionate about working in our communities that are out of sight from the majority culture and populations.
The Native Justice Coalition was formed in 2016 with the intent of being a platform for healing, social, and racial justice for all Native American people. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing platform for Native…