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NAYA/Future Generations Collaborative Networking Event
August 16 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Future Generations Collaborative (FGC), in partnership with the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), invites Native professionals and friends to a networking event, August 16 from 5:00-7:30 pm at the Ecotrust Room Terrace at 721 NW 9th Ave.
Native professionals and friends night is a free event open to everyone, Native and Non-Native, interested in building relationships in our diverse Portland community with an evening of networking and fun.
The FGC will co-sponsor NAYA’s Native Professional and Friends Night and for the first time ever, this evening gathering will be hosted without alcohol. The FGC wants to show tribal and non-tribal people that professionals can network, have fun and support a local Native agency without alcohol. Community norms can be changed.
The evening will feature Well for Culture founders, Chelsey Luger and Anthony “Thosh” Collins, an Indigenous fitness and food movement to encourage people to be well for our culture, our future, our children. The evening will include Native teas and infused waters, traditional foods, and an evening of fun, food and making new friends.We hope you will join us!
The Future Generations Collaborative (FGC) strives to reduce substance-affected pregnancies in the local Native community. The FGC acknowledges the powerful and lasting impact of historical and intergenerational trauma on our communities, and one learned coping mechanism has been alcohol use.
Introduced to Indigenous people as an intentional act of chemical warfare by colonial governments, alcohol was new to the land and physiological systems of Indigenous people. As the effects of colonization and genocide impacted generations, Native people utilized alcohol as a way to cope with ongoing trauma in their lives — racism, oppression, violence, poverty and more.
Portland has been a leader in the healing movement from substance abuse. In the 1970s, one of the first treatment centers opened specifically for Natives peoples, the Native American Rehabilitation Association (NARA). This concerted effort to help Native people heal themselves has produced more sober people per population than any other racial/ethnic group, yet the stereotype of “the drunken Indian” remains.
Alcohol remains a norm for many of us — Native and Non-Native — and the FGC works hard to change that norm. By not providing alcohol, this allows our community the ability to rewrite a story with an Indigenous perspective — a story that was placed upon the Native Community by settler colonialism and that many community-based and dominant culture organizations have adopted as part of their professional and organizational norms.
For more information about this event please contact Vawn Borges with NAYA at 503-288-8177