Healing the Hurts Indian Boarding Schools in North America
This session will explore the devastating effects of the Indian boarding schools that dramatically shattered aboriginal culture, children, families and communities throughout North America. It also will discuss the healing activities that have occurred the past few decades and outline the steps that can happen to help the entire human family heal from these tragedies, including actions that you can take in support of these efforts.
Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr., a member of the Ihanktonwan Dakota and Chickasaw Nations, is an internationally recognized leader in human and community development.
For more than 50 years, Brother Phil, as he prefers to be called, has worked with Indigenous peoples from North, Central and South America, Micronesia, South East Asia, India, Hawaii, and Africa. He served 16 years as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada (1980-1996).
With elders from across North America, Phil co-founded the Four Worlds International Institute (FWII) in 1982. FWII became an independent Institute in 1995. Phil is Chairman of the Four Directions International and First Nations Solar, Indigenous-owned companies that serve as Four World’s economic development arm.
With Phil’s guidance and applied experience, FWII has become an internationally recognized leader in human, community, and organizational development because of the Institute’s unique focus on the importance of culture and spirituality in all elements of human and community development.