The Time Is Now: Honoring Our Indigenous Relations and The Lands Where We Gather
From Standing Rock to the West Berkeley Shellmounds to Indian Canyon, Native American people in what is now known as the United States and all over the world continue to defend Mother Earth and traditional ways of life.
We at the Healers of Color Movement strongly believe that it is our duty to build community with and support the projects of people indigenous to the lands where we do our work.
Holding our first event, Healers of Color: The Time Is Now, in the San Francisco Bay Area means that we must ask permission from and honor the Ohlone peoples who live in the areas of Yelamu (San Francisco) and Huichin (Oakland). H.O.C. Team members reached out to our contacts from years of community work and we are so excited to announce who will be joining us at the gathering!
We feel so grateful and honored that we will be joined by two powerful Ohlone leaders - Kanyon Sayers-Roods and Corinna Gould! Kanyon will be helping us to open the circle at International Hotel on Saturday morning; Corinna will join us in the outdoor space at Redwood Regional Park on Sunday morning. Scroll down for more information about these phenomenal women!
If you are not indigenous to the place where you are right now, take a moment to pause and feel your feet grounded into the earth where you are in this moment.
Have you thanked the spirits of the land there?
Have you thanked the ancestors of the original inhabitants of the land there?
Do you know the names and language of the people there?
Do you participate in Native-led actions and events?
Do you know how to ask permission to hold events or ceremony from local tribes?
We believe that all members of our Healers of Color network should address these questions in order to expand our message and work with as much integrity as possible.
Honoring Indigenous lands, peoples and struggles can only make us stronger and more effective as healers and as a movement!
If you feel called to join us in this work, you can sign up here.
Kanyon Sayers-Roods is Costanoan Ohlone-Mutsun and Chumash; she also goes by her given Native name, "Coyote Woman". She is proud of her heritage and her native name (though it comes with its own back story), and is very active in the Native Community. She is an Artist, Poet, Published Author, Activist, Student and Teacher. The daughter of Ann-Marie Sayers, she was raised in Indian Canyon, trust land of her family, which currently is one of the few spaces in Central California available for the Indigenous community for ceremony. Kanyon's art has been featured at the De Young Museum, The Somarts Gallery, Gathering Tribes, Snag Magazine, and numerous Powwows and Indigenous Gatherings. She is a recent graduate of the Art Institute of California, Sunnyvale, obtaining her Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees in Web Design and Interactive Media. She is motivated to learn, teach, start conversations around decolonization and reinidgenization, permaculture and to continue doing what she loves, Art.
Corrina Gould is the spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone. She was born and raised in Oakland, CA, the territory of Huichuin. She is an activist that has worked on preserving and protecting the ancient burial sites of her ancestors in the Bay Area. She is the Co-Founder and a Lead Organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, a small Native run grassroots organization that works on Indigenous people issues that had also sponsored the Shellmound Peace Walk between 2005-2009, to bring about education and awareness of the desecration of the sacred sites in the greater Bay Area. IPOC also hosts the annual Shellmound gathering at Emeryville Mall where an ancient site was desecrated by development.
In April of 2011 Corrina, Johnella LaRose, Wounded Knee De Ocampo and a committee of others, joined together and put a call out to warriors to create a prayerful vigil and occupation of Sogorea Te in Vallejo CA. This is a 15 acre Sacred Site that sits along the Carquinez Straits. The occupation lasted for 109 days and resulted in a cultural easement between the City of Vallejo, the Greater Vallejo Recreation District and two federally recognized tribes. This struggle was victorious and will set precedence in this type of work going forward with others that are working on sacred sites issues within city boundaries in California.
Her current work includes the Co-Founding of a Native women led urban land trust within the setting of what continues to be her ancestral territory of the Bay Area. Corrina worked with Michelle Steinberg to create the film "Beyond Recognition", that focus' on the work of creating the Sogorea Te Land Trust, which has been shown at multiple film festivals and won the "Green Award" at the SF green film festival in 2015. The movie has been shown on PBS locally and has been shown nation wide.
Corrina is an acclaimed speaker locally, nationally and internationally on the work of sacred sites protection and preservation, as well as the invisibility of her people. She works within the intersection of many communities to create partnerships with all people to create a sustainable future, where Ohlone people will not continue to be invisible in their own homelands.
Corrina also sits on a number of local non-profit boards.