OUR WORK (First Nations)

From working to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery to standing with First Nations to protect indigenous cultures, treaty rights of First Nations, sacred lands, and Mother Earth herself, UUs in the Northwest are becoming an ever stronger a voice of support, compassion and activism on behalf of indigenous nations everywhere.  They come to this work by asking the First Nations not how they can fix  problems for them, but how we can work together to save their people and ours.

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Lummi Council Member Jay Julius 
photoby Paul Anderson






Sacred Stone Camp, Standing Rock 
photo by Joe Brusky

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Register today for the 2017 Justice Summit, October 7, 2017, Seattle, Wash. Last Updated on 2017-09-24 21:11:32 Reserve your place now! 7th Annual UU Justice Summit Saturday, October 7, 2017 Download the Brochure Check out the all-day program Register for the Summit Extras: Pre & Post Events; Homestays Sponsors of the 2017 Summit University Unitarian Church Seattle, Washington Register today to connect for issues that matter to you. ​Online registration closes Sunday evening, October 1 Now more than ever!  For many of us, our call to pursue justice has never been more urgent. We find ourselves in challenging times, often less sure of the road ahead, but at the same time more committed to take action than ever. This year we come together, acknowledging this unique time in which we live and our role in it. We gather to hear our own calls more clearly, to broaden our understanding, to consider the challenges, to develop new tools, and to inspire and be inspired by others. The... More »
"The Promised Land" Film on Oct. 1 - Duwamish and Chinook Federal Recognition Last Updated on 2017-09-24 21:09:59 Faith Action Network is co-sponsoring a special showing of the film, "The Promised Land: It Is the Righteous Fight," along with Central Lutheran Church in Seattle, and we hope you can join us. Sunday, October 1, 2 PM Central Lutheran Church 1710 11th Ave Seattle, WA 98122 The Promised Land is an award-winning social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they've long been denied. Join us for a showing of the film followed by a discussion featuring the filmmakers and Ken Workman, 4th Generation Great Grandson of Chief Seattle and Duwamish Tribal Council Member. Learn how you can support the Duwamish as they seek the recognition they deserve. Admission is free. Donations will be accepted to support the Duwamish Tribe. FAN is a member of the... More »
"Love Resists" is headed for New Orleans at G.A. - Are You? Last Updated on 2017-06-15 20:09:32 Love Resists was created to translate our Unitarian Universalist values into action, to resist the criminalization of our neighbors and communities, and create a safer, more just, welcoming, and sustainable world.  As we continue in this work together, we’re excited to meet with  you next week in New Orleans at the UUA General Assembly. Here are ways you can connect with Love Resists while we’re together at GA! Stop by the UUSC Action Center booth to take a selfie and show the world how your #LoveResists! Join us for the Public Witness: #LoveResists Rejoicing for Sanctuary & Solidarity. We’ll be at Mississippi River Heritage Park on Friday, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for a faithful and festive call to action! Deepen your connection to Love Resists and bring resources back to your congregation. You can also join from wherever you are on the Love... More »
Fundraiser for Pull Together Campaign to Protect the Salish Sea, Bellevue, Wash., June 14, 2017 Last Updated on 2017-06-12 15:45:05 Members of East Shore UU in Bellevue have been working with Sierra Club to organize a fundraiser of the area's Pull Together campaign. It's the first fundraiser on the east side for this cause.        Pull Together Fundraiser!        Wednesday, June 14, 2017        Spring Hall, East Shore Unitarian Church        12700 SE 32nd St., Bellevue, WA Doors open at 6:30 PM. Program from 7:00-8:30 PM. No entrance fee. Snacks and drinks provided.  View a poster   Mark your calendars for June 14th! Hear a panel of local experts discuss Kinder Morgan’s proposed pipeline and tanker project that will bring oil from Alberta tar sands to the British Columbia coast for shipping. If the plan is implemented, oil tanker traffic will increase sevenfold,... More »
First Nations’ Struggles and the Faith Community Response Last Updated on 2017-06-10 17:18:06 Throughout the Pacific Northwest and Mountain Desert districts of the UUA and into British Columbia and Alberta Provinces of Canada, First Nations are being very heavily impacted by all the fossil fuel extraction and exportation projects that are already in the works and more being proposed. Coal, oil and natural gas are being extracted from the north Midwest, West and Canada, and projects are being planned to ship them to foreign markets from along the Pacific Northwest coasts. First Nations are being caught on both ends. Here is a brief story of the Lummi Nation as they struggle to defeat the plans for the largest coal export facility in North America -- a facility being proposed on the lands and waters they hold sacred. Read the story of First Nations' struggles here We are asking all faith and activist communities, particularly our fellow Unitarian Universalists, to join... More »