A month of human rights awareness at NWIC

NWIC joins Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival to present “Waking Up to the Concerns of our Time”

Snow closed down Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) campus for a full week in January, causing class and event cancellations. But one of those events, a celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., has been rescheduled and revamped.

The Center for Indigenous Service Learning has incorporated the MLK event into their February Festival: “Waking Up to the Concerns of our Times.” The MLK event will kick off the festival on Feb. 8, and will include door prizes, pizza and presentations that would make King proud, and it doesn’t end there.

In collaboration with the 12th Annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival, NWIC will be showing films from Feb 16 to Feb 23. The films will be presented in the Log Building, and are free and open to the community.

“We are so happy the MLK event will be the opening to the February Festival. Our students have worked hard on the planning, and they are so excited to be part of such a wonderful event,” said Meghan McCormick, coordinator of NWIC’s Indigenous Service Learning.

McCormick said she is also happy NWIC gets to help host the Human Rights Film Festival. This is the second year NWIC has been used as a venue for the event.

“We are honored to host the events and hope community members come to learn and share their knowledge,” McCormick said.

The Feb. 8th event will take place from 3:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the Log Building. The schedule is as follows:
• 3:30 p.m. Opening
• 4:00 p.m. “Alleviating Poverty in Tribal Communities,” by Steve Zawoysky
• 4:15 p.m.  “Preserving our Native Economy,” by Sunny Guillory
• 5:30 p.m.  Pizza will be served
• 6:00 p.m.  “I Have a Dream” open mic, all are welcomed to share

The film showings kick off with “Power Paths,” a film that details Navajo and Hopi communities fighting for lands devastated by coal mining. Instructor Steve Pavlik will present “The American Indian Civil Rights Movement” prior to the showing. Each film will be shown in the Log Building and followed by reflection and discussion time.

The film schedule is as follows:
• Feb. 16 at 12 p.m. and again at 6 p.m.: “Power Paths”
• Feb. 22 at 12 p.m.: “Dirty Business,” details the implications of coal use in the U.S.
• Feb. 22 at  6  p.m.: “Blood in the Mobile,” details the conflict of mining in the Congo for cell phones
• Feb. 23 at 12 p.m. and again at 6 p.m.: “Monster Salmon,” details research on genetically modified salmon. Instructor Jessica Urbanec will lead a discussion before and after the film.

For more information, contact Meghan McCormick at mmccormick@nwic.edu or (360) 676-2772 ext. 4384.