Divest, Invest, Protect: Indigenous Women Lead Divestment Campaign

As a continuation of the Standing Rock fight against extreme resource extraction and human rights violations against Indigenous Peoples, a divestment delegation led by Indigenous women traveled to Europe in the spring and fall of 2017 to meet with European financial leaders. Called the DIVEST, INVEST, PROTECT Campaign, the delegation seeks to protect the climate and defend human, Indigenous, and environmental rights through education, advocacy, and action that challenges financial institutions and injustices.

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Indigenous Women’s Rights Are Human Rights


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Our Oceans. Our Future. The United Nations Discusses Oceans

Oceans play a fundamental role for life on earth, providing over 70 percent of the oxygen we breathe and over 97 percent of the world’s water supply, not to mention being a source of food. Yet, our oceans are under threat, with only a tiny fraction—just 3.4 percent—being protected. We have seen the disturbing images of islands of plastic and trash floating in the ocean; turtles with plastic straws stuck in their nostrils; birds dying because of the amount of trash consumed and discarded.

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Clean vs. Dirty Energy: The Disregard of Indigenous Peoples in East Africa

Over the past few years there has been a major investment boom in Africa, with a heavy push for oil and gas pipelines and other energy and infrastructure projects. In the rush for economic development, however, there has been little consideration of the negative environmental and human impacts of these large scale projects. African leaders support the recommended scaling up of infrastructure development and have called for the creation of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) as the blueprint for the continent.

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Campaigning for the Planet

Clayton Thomas-Müller is one of the most well known faces of Indigenous resistance to extractive industries and climate change both in Canada and across the world. Many know him from his pointed vlogs on social media, his participation at direct actions, frequent speaking engagements across Canada and the U.S., or his participation and leadership of Indigenous delegations to lobby United Nations bodies for Indigenous rights and environmental and economic justice.

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Centering Native People in Racial Justice

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 09:45

Métis people are a group of Indigenous people who are federally recognized in Canada but not the United States. This identity is unique to the Great Lakes because of the French and Anishinaabe relationships.  My ancestry is Ojibway, Métis, Nippising and Huron.  Our Métis ancestry has been mixing since the late 1700’s on Mooniingwanekaaning-minis (Madeline Island, Wisconsin). 

#HonorNativeLand Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness of Native Sovereignty and Rights

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 18:10

The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC) launched a new campaign called Honor Native Land in October 2017 that calls on individuals and organizations “to open all public events and gatherings with an acknowledgment of the traditional Native inhabitants of the land.” Whether it be in a conference setting, classroom, place of worship or sports stadium, the practice of honoring the historic relationship Indigenous Peoples have with the land is a crucial step in the process of decolonization and reconciliation. It’s an act of respect toward Native peoples who have lived and continue to live on their land despite centuries of dispossession and oppression. According to the USDAC website, 75 organizations have already signed the pledge to make acknowledgment a regular practice including arts organizations, non-profits and educational institutions.

Nasa Journalist Eider Campo Hurtado Killed in Colombia

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 17:50

On March 5, 2018, La Organización Nacional Indígena de Colombia  (ONIC) condemned the death of a young Nasa journalist Eider Campo Hurtado after his murder the previous night in the Pioyá Reservation in the Cauca department.