Are you interested in being more effective in listening to and speaking with people who have a much different perspective from yours? Do you see the importance of responding to strongly divergent views in a way that fosters dialog?
Presenter: Allan Rohlfs is a psychotherapist, mediator and certified trainer of Nonviolent Compassionate Communication.
For more information and to register, click HERE
Registration Now Open for "Healing the Racial Divide: Native American Color, Culture and Consciousness"
With Dr. Anton Treuer
Wednesday, May 10th and Thursday, May 11th 2017
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day
Location: Calvary Lutheran Church
2508 Washington Ave SE, Bemidji, MN
Come lean in to this focused sharing and learning opportunity to expand awareness, knowledge and tools for addressing some of the most pressing issues of our time, with a specific focus on the Native American experience.
In addition to a thought-provoking challenge to our prevailing assumptions about education and equity work, this session is also designed to provide a meaningful opportunity for participants to expand their cultural awareness and competence in dealing with a unique and often marginalized population.
Learn about the unique toolbox contained within Native American cultures to help combat oppression, cultural disassociation, and other drivers for social divides by demonstrating tools, strategies, and perspectives useful in helping us all get along.
Limited Scholarships Available
Location: Calvary Lutheran Church, 2508 Washington Ave SE; Bemidji, MN
Girls Lead on the Go!, (GLG) now in its second year as a Peacemaker Resources program offering, is a one-day, community-based leadership experience for 7th-9th grade girls with the mission to empower and equip young women to have positive relationships with self, others, and community.
Girls Lead on the Go! is an innovative youth leadership program that also seeks to build capacity within the community through connecting the young participants with local community service organizations. The community-driven and community-based model serves as an opportunity to build and strengthen intergenerational relationships while also increasing a sense of connection and belonging at an age in a young woman's life when it is often needed the most.
Interested community organizations send two or more adults to a Facilitators Training in which the volunteers learn, through experiential learning, to promote and lead the day-long Girls Lead on the Go! camp in their home communities.
Ten volunteers from the Women of Today Chapters in Lake of the Woods, Roseau, Greenbush and Warroad attended the GLG Facilitator's Training held March 18th in Roseau. Four volunteers from Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe's Youth Division and two from the Naytahwaush Charter School in White Earth will complete the training on April 1st in Bemidji. To learn more about how to bring Girls Lead on the Go! to your community, contact Linsey@peacemakerresources.org
Roseau Facilitator Training:
Good Morning, Kindergartners. Today is going to be a great day! Let’s prepare our brains for learning by taking three deep breaths together.” If you were to visit Paul Bunyan Elementary School, this is what you would hear over the morning announcements. With guidance from Peacemaker Resources and funding from the United Way, the students and teachers at this kindergarten center have created a model Trauma-Sensitive School, which is receiving recognition from around the state.
Peacemaker Resources is committed to helping schools to create social and emotional learning (SEL) programs that build the skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. In addition to working with students, PR staff also train teachers on the effects of trauma on the brain. As a result of this project, the kindergarten center reports that behavioral referrals to the office have been cut in half. If you ask the teachers why this is happening, they will tell you that students are learning how to self-regulate and work with their emotions. “I can't express enough the positive impact the SEL instructor and lessons have brought to our school. Because of the impact of SEL instruction and our trauma sensitivity information and guidance, I believe we are making a difference in the lives of young children and possibly their families and dare I hope, also for our community,” shares Principal Kathy Van Wert. Peacemakers Resources and 240 kindergartners thank the United Way for helping to create a peaceful school environment!
More and more people are looking for ways to support those who may be experiencing some kind of harassing behavior. People want to learn how to speak with empathy and authenticity. They want to know what they can do to make a difference. Take a look at this video, and check out our Resource page for more information and ideas.
Did you know our website has a number of resources related to ACEs (Adverse Childhood Events), Social & Emotional Learning, Cultural Responsiveness, and Mindfulness? From a video narrated by children about how breathing calms their brains and bodies to information about "The Still, Quiet Place," a local retreat cabin - there are many resources to explore! Take a look...click on "Other Resources" at the top of the page.
Over 80 people attended a gathering of community members who expressed support for the pledge developed by the Bemidji Respect advisory group. Bemidji Respect formed in November to highlight Bemidji as an inclusive community after Mayor Rita Albrecht was contacted by residents who said their friends and family had experienced discriminatory harassment. So far, almost 150 businesses and over 330 individuals have joined in signing the Declaration of Respect. Window clings and bumper stickers with the “Bemidji Respect” logo are available at Peacemaker Resources (444-8048) and Harmony Natural Foods Coop (751-2009) for anyone wishing to demonstrate their support for building bridges of inclusion, awareness and understanding across all divides.
The Declaration of Respect:
Standing Together for #BemidjiRespect
Children and adults around Bemidji have experienced hostility and harassment simply because of who they are.
This is absolutely unacceptable, here or anywhere. Together, we affirm shared values of mutual respect and appreciation for our differences. We are working to make this an even better place to live.
We acknowledge the full history of our city, which has experienced racial, economic and other disparities. We will seek to heal past injustice while striving to confront new wrongs.
People and organizations in Bemidji continue to grow in our ability and determination to ensure safety and acceptance for all. We will never overlook expressions of hate or intolerance, and we will not allow the actions of a few to set us back.
Our community seeks to build bridges of inclusion, awareness and understanding across all divides.
We face up to challenges and address them together. We hold one another accountable for doing the right thing.
We promote a vibrant and welcoming environment in which to live, learn, create and achieve success.
We will speak out against hate speech and fear mongering.
We proudly stand together as a community of respect − Bemidji Respect.