Session 20 – Cultural Centers as Places Where Hearts Can Meet with Mark Ritchie, Rick Smith, Wayne Dupuis, & Kevin Lindsey

December 21, 2021; 2:30 – 4:00 pm

Hosted by Camille Caster-Cyprian, moderated by Bernadine Joselyn.

This TRUE Tuesdays offering explored historical, contemporary and imagined cultural interpretive centers in Minnesota as a resource for enhancing and preserving culture within and among groups. Mark Ritchie, President of Global Minnesota and Kevin Lindsey, CEO of the Minnesota Humanities, reflected on the use of cultural centers by Minnesota’s 19th century immigrants as a strategy for cultural celebration and preservation, those institutions today, and some of the new kinds of cultural centers being created by Minnesota’s newest immigrants.

Wayne Dupuis, environmental program manager for the Fond du Lac Reservation & Rick Smith, Red Cliff Ojibwe and Elder in Residence at University of Minnesota Medical School-Duluth Campus, shared their ideas for an indigenous cultural center in the vicinity of Spirit Island. Bought back by the Fond du Lac Band ten years ago, Spirit Island was the sixth stopping place in the migration of the Anishinaabe people from the northeastern part of the continent.

Equity advocates joined in conversation about how cultural centers can help us both preserve ways of knowing and understanding and learn about one another.

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Published by TRUE Partners

The TRUE Partnership is an informal alliance of organizations working to create a learning community for rural Minnesota social justice champions and equity advocates

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