Forty percent of Montana's missing and murdered person's cases are Native American, even though Native Americans make up only six percent of Montana's population. Just in 2018, there were 54 cases of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons. (statistics from Sovereign Bodies Institute)
Please join us for a panel discussion and documentary short on the crisis of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women.
Featuring clips from "When They Were Here" -- a documentary by Blackfeet/Shoshone filmmakers Ivan and Ivy MacDonald that elevates the stories and voices of Indigenous people who have been impacted by the crisis.
Our distinguished panel of Indigenous experts includes:
- Briana Lamb - member of the Aaniih (Gros Vente) tribe, longtime MMIW activist and policy maker, and Senator Tester's guest to this year's State of the Union Address
- Marita GrowingThunder Fogarty -member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine Sioux tribe, student at the University of Montana, founder of "Save Our Sisters" and organizer of the annual 80-mile March to Honor Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women
- Lauren Small Rodriguez - member of the Northern Cheyenne tribe, activist and organizer of the Vigil for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women in Missoula
- Tara Walker Lyons - member of the Blackfeet tribe, advocate for the prevention of childhood sexual abuse; "Tara's Law", created a comprehensive educational component for schools to teach about sexual abuse prevention and was signed by Gov. Bullock in 2017
- Shelly Fyant - Council Representative of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, supporter of a resolution by CSKT Council to create the first MMIW Task Force on any Montana reservation, advocate of food sovereignty for CSKT
There will be Native-made jewelry and t-shirts honoring MMIW for sale, with proceeds going to Sovereign Bodies Institute. We will also be collecting donations for the completion and promotion of the "When They Were Here" documentary.
We will be in room AT 139; doors open at 3:30 p.m.
Thank you to our sponsors: FVCC's Montana American Indian Scholars Program and Love Lives Here, an affiliate of the Montana Human Rights Network.
Flathead Valley Community College’s international student club, Global Friends, will screen two award-winning documentaries in April. Offered in collaboration with Love Lives Here and the Montana Human Rights Network, the Global Friends Film Fest will feature Human Flow on Monday, April 8 and Fire at Sea on Monday, April 22. Following each film, Global Friends will host a discussion.
Both films will begin at 6 p.m. in the large community room of the Arts and Technology Building. The festival is open to everyone, and there is no charge to attend.
Human Flow was shown April 8 to a crowd of about 60 people.
On April 22, we will show Fire at Sea, an Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary, which was shot on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa during the European migrant crisis in 2016 and sets the migrants' dangerous Mediterranean crossing against a background of the ordinary life of the islanders.
“While furiously stoked myths of otherness are threatening to suck our civilization down a whirlpool of paranoia, Fire At Sea argues that the only race on this planet is the human one,” according to RoberEbert.com contributor Glenn Kenny.
For more information about the Global Friends Film Fest, contact Gerda Reeb at firstname.lastname@example.org or 756-3889. You can also reach out to Love Lives Here at email@example.com.
We're throwing a party to celebrate the Flathead LGBT+ Youth group's first year -- and you're all invited! Please join us for cake, snacks, and updates on our first year in the Flathead Valley. We're SO EXCITED!
Honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in Whitefish on Friday, January 18! We've got another amazing lineup planned by Allen Secher and Erica von Kleist.
In collaboration with Groovetrail and Jazz at Lincoln Center, this night of music and inspiration will feature Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz Academy Alumni, all the way from New York. These students have worked under the tutelage of artistic director Wynton Marsalis, and will perform alongside Groovetrail's all-star Flathead Ellington Project.
The featured speaker for the evening is none other than Mayor Wilmot Collins of Helena! We’re looking forward to a fantastic evening of music and inspiration!
We’re bringing the Whitefish community together to stand against extremism! Meet us in Whitefish’s Depot Park at 10am on Saturday, October 13 to stand together with your neighbors.
Love Lives Here meets every month to discuss what we can do to dismantle discrimination and promote understanding in the Flathead Valley.
In June, we'll be discussing plans and priorities for the rest of 2018. Please come add your ideas and your voice to our discussion!
Come celebrate Pride month with the LGBTQ+ community and allies at Flat Out Pride, a social night from 5-8pm on June 7 at Kalispell Brewing Company, 412 S Main St.! Love Lives Here is sponsoring this evening for our LGBTQ+ community members and allies to celebrate diversity and acceptance in the Flathead Valley.
The Flathead LGBTQ+ Alliance is a social and support group for local teens and their families. We hang out, have great discussions and plan fantastic events! Come join us each Wednesday night from 6-7:30pm at different locations around the Flathead Valley.
Soup Bar Social Fundraiser
6 PM - 7:30 PM on Thursday, March 8
Whitefish Community Center
121 E 2nd St, Whitefish, Montana 59937
Big Sky Rising, Flathead Valley and Planned Parenthood of Montana are hosting their second annual Soup Bar Social on Thursday, March 8!
We will gather at the Whitefish Community Center from 6 to 7:30 to discuss the challenges and triumphs of 2017 and all that Planned Parenthood of Montana has in store for 2018. Join us for an evening of discussion with Planned Parenthood of Montana staff and members of the Flathead Valley community and musical entertainment by Christiane Hinterman Prew.
Bring your appetite, questions for our staff, and thoughts on what exactly Planned Parenthood of Montana means to you!
Please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 5th. Suggested donation $25.