Still We Persist Episode 17: Creating Space for Reflection amidst COVID-19

Sienna & Tamara sit down to talk about the ways they are personally dealing with their new realities. Together the explore the power of imagination and importance of taking time to pause for self-reflection.

Every community owes its existence and vitality to generations from around the world who contributed their hopes, dreams, and energy to making the history that led to this moment. Some were brought here against their will, some were drawn to leave their distant homes in hope of a better life, and some have lived on this land for more generations than can be counted. ​

Truth and acknowledgment are critical to building mutual respect and connection across all barriers of heritage and difference.​

We begin this effort to acknowledge what has been buried by honoring the truth. What we now call Portland, OR and Multnomah County were the traditional lands of the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Cowlitz bands of Chinook, Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla and many other Tribes who made their homes along the Columbia River.​

Today, people from these bands have become part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, as well as the Chinook Nation and Cowlitz Nation in Washington State. ​

We pay respects to their elders past and present. Please take a moment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us together here today.