Children of the Setting Sun Productions has produced a wide range of content addressing contemporary Native American issues through storytelling and sharing traditional knowledge. As we move further into this work, important threads are evident across Indian Country nationally, globally, and locally in the Salish Sea region. In particular, we find ourselves as an organization at the intersection of time and place, where intergenerational learning, oral tradition, territorial cultural heritage revitalization, environmental protection, and education, are all intertwined. In response to various calls for institutional collaboration and consultation, we have ‘Setting Sun Institute’ (SSI), a subsidiary of CSSP , working to develop both content and process.
We believe a deeper understanding of history and of sovereignty throughout broader society will lead to the greatest attainment of our inherent rights. SSI creates partnerships, content, and events that promote sovereignty, legal pluralism, and realization of inherent rights through education and cooperation.
Setting Sun Institute has three goals: developing a diverse, resilient network of collaborators: activists, artists, and academics, who prioritize a shared interest in indigenous rights realization education; conduct research using indigenous methodology to contextualize the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) to the issues of the Salish Sea region; incorporate content from Children of the Setting Sun Productions into curriculum, installations, and public educational events. SSI works from a human rights perspective within CSSP’s three core operational strategies: Public Media; Open Curriculum; and Networked Leadership.
Setting Sun Institute consults, collaborates, and creates with community partners who recognize their shared interest in indigenous rights education and realization, and wish to work together with this highest priority. Indigenous rights equal much in common with the public trust doctrine, and with the goals of many specific environmental movements. We focus on indigenous rights realization as a process, and long-term understanding that can be reached in good faith by educating. Setting Sun Institute works to promote and develop understanding that is apart from outcomes, to strengthen indigenous sovereignty, treaty, and inherent human rights, to the benefit of all.