Where to Give this #GivingTuesday

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Looking for somewhere to give this Giving Tuesday?

After the holiday weekend where we all took a moment to contemplate our gratitude, it may be a good moment to contemplate something else: That the Thanksgiving holiday narrative many of us white people grew up with was distorted, and very far from the truth.

The holiday, and much of our country, was built upon exploitation, colonialism and continued oppression.

If you’ve never heard this before, here are some helpful truths.

That makes this a great time to give to Indigenous peoples. Not to alleviate your guilt. Not because one small gift will compensate for centuries of harm, violence and dishonesty.

But it is one tiny step in the right direction.

Where to Give

In the US, we are all living on stolen lands. You could takes steps to stop inflicting harm by returning the land you ‘own’ to its original Nation, like this couple in Nova Scotia.

Whether you rent or ‘own’ your own home — but especially if you ‘own’ — you could pay a voluntary land tax to the Nation whose lands you are living on.

You can find out whose lands you are living on with this tool. Then further look into how you can make some small attempt at personal reparations with that specific Nation.

Give Directly

You could also give directly. Here are some direct giving opportunities from the Twittersphere:

 


You don’t have to wait until this time of year.

This is a time of year when we’re all thinking about giving, but don’t let this be the only time of year you attempt to make reparations. Look for these giving opportunities all year long.

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