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"Decolonizing Transition?" with Phyllis Young, Jul Bystrova, and Nils Palsson

  • Markim Hall, Davis Court 1595 Grand Avenue Saint Paul, MN, 55105 United States (map)

What does it mean to "decolonize" and why should the Transition movement be interested in this subject?  This round table discussion will explore the assumptions, perceptions and attitudes that we carry individually and collectively which perpetuate the mindset underlying the fossil fuel system, the oppression of races and cultures, and so much more. In doing this, we invite indigenous perspectives who have a legacy of wisdom and connection to the Earth to share with us. We will inquire into the root of why we must not only grow gardens, but grow our understanding. We will ask challenging questions in a safe and supportive atmosphere. Let us listen and learn from each other.

Phyllis Young

Phyllis Young is a highly respected native woman elder and an influential voice for the Standing Rock reservation. She was one of the first women to stand up for water that led to the high-profile confrontation between indigenous peoples and their allies from all over the world with the corporate interests of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Since the closing of Standing Rock's main camps, Phyllis has been actively working on helping the tribe become more self-sustaining and less dependent on fossil fuels through a variety of projects. She has been a co-founder of Women of All Red Nations, Coordinator of the First International Indian Treaty Council in 1974, Coordinator of the Geneva Conference in 1977, former Chair of the Board of Trustees for the National Museum of the American Indian, and a former Tribal Council member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.

Julia Bystrova

Jul Bystrova is a Holistic Healing Practitioner, Ordained Interfaith Minister, longtime community organizer/activist and hold's a Masters in Philosophy. Her main interests are finding tangible ways of building bridges between perspectives and communities, healing ourselves, reconnecting to the Earth and hosting conversations that catalyze positive change.  She has been a leader in the Inner Transition work in Sonoma County CA and started a Transition health group and network which has since evolved into its own nonprofit organization called Era of Care.

Nils Palsson

Nils Palsson joined Transition US in 2015 as Communications and Special Projects Coordinator. A peaceful revolutionary his entire adult life, Nils has worked since 2010 on building local resilience as a community organizer with Transition Lake County. Through the California Institute of Integral Studies, Nils completed his Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing & Consciousness and "Medicine Song," an intimate memoir. He is the founder and facilitator of the annual Hands Around Clear Lake healing ceremony and tribal gathering. His passions include peace, justice, integrity, and transformation, and his pursuits include holistic health and yoga, mythology, and shamanism, as well as co-creating systemic change that benefits the whole. Nils lives in Sonoma County with his daughter, Satya Rose.