Moving Forward Together: The Importance of Indigenous Voices in Shaping Institutional Transformation

This edition marks the final video in a four-part series, closing out the community conversation that was jointly produced with Native American Leadership Council (NALC) and the Office of Equity and Social Justice in partnership with community members.

In video 1, NALC members shared stories of how community advocacy can lead to policy and systems change within institutions. Indigenous Peoples Day as a paid holiday within King County being one example of that.

In video 2, Urban Native Education Alliance emphasized the importance and benefit of funding Native centered programming and curriculum development, and shared a call to action to genuinely engage the community and support with funding a Native focused school to uphold Indigenous perspectives and cultural values.

In video 3, King County colleagues Annie Kirk and Bryon Davis illustrated the importance of place and connection to culture, land, and water as being essential to how they move through this world.   

In this final video 4, Native educators explain how important Indigenous representation and knowledge are essential in re-imagining and reconstructing how institutions function for transformative change. Representation is necessary to countering falsely held narratives on our North Star journey of equity and social justice.

This series on the perspectives of Indigenous employees and community voice is designed to create solidarity in a genuine way with the Tribal and Urban Native community to re-imagine how the King County government and its workforce can benefit from changing the lens from transactional to relational, and from performative to transformative. All employees are encouraged to show up and join this journey when NALC does deeper dive events in the coming year.