Indigenous Awareness Working Group

Sacred Sites Tour with Healing Minnesota Stories

The CSJ Indigenous Awareness Working Group is partnering with the Carondelet Village Justice Seekers to host a special Sacred Sites tour with Rev. Jim Bear Jacobs of Healing Minnesota Stores on Wednesday, June 7th at 10:30 AM.  We are looking forward to this day together to learn more about the history of this land around the Mendota area in relation to our indigenous neighbors.  If you are interested in joining the CSJ and CV community for this particular Sacred Sites Tour, contact the CSJ Justice Office at 651-690-7054.  You can also learn more about Healing Minnesota Stories and other tours they host throughout the year on their website.  

Continuing our Journey of Truth and Healing 

A special subcommittee of the Indigenous Awareness Working Group has been continuing our work of our journey of truth and healing along with community partners at St. Catherine University and the Pastoral Minister of the Church of Gichitwaa Kateri and the Archdiocesan Office of Indian Ministry.  The CSJ Community Assembly affirmed a joint CSJ and St. Kates community Land Acknowledgement along with related actions.  This has been a journey of listening, learning, building relationships, advocating for and with our Indigenous neighbors. We continue work on additional community education and actions.  We are encouraging CSJ community members to participate and volunteer in this summer’s 2023 Tekakwitha Conference being hosted here in the Twin Cities the week of July 19 through the 23.  

Advocacy Actions

Members of the Indigenous Awareness Working Group continue to seek ways to support the critical work and advocacy for and with Indigenous Communities.  We support advocacy and truth telling for Indian Boarding Schools.  See some of the current CSJ advocacy actions here. 

We continue to support the work of the Minnesota State Task Force on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women as well.  The MN State Task Force collected data and released their 2020 report to better understand the impacts of violence on Native Women in Minnesota.  Check out the Task Force report. 

Recommended Books

Please see the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition list of recommended books for children and young adults about boarding school experiences.

Mission and Goals for 2022-23

The Indigenous Awareness Working Group aims at raising consciousness and increasing knowledge about Indigenous culture, especially in Minnesota.  We study the history and special challenges experienced by Indigenous who remain marginalized in contemporary society. We share this Journey of Truth and Healing with each other, with other Sisters, Consociates, interested others and take action when appropriate. 

To carry out this mission, the Indigenous Awareness Working Group hopes to focus on: 

  • Educating ourselves and others to raise awareness of Indigenous history and current issues
  • Support & advocacy for Indigenous issues 
  • Engaging the CSJ community in this Journey of Truth and Healing, including taking related action(s)

Special Community Partners include:  

For more information contact Marty Roers at