Pipeline Protests and Indigenous Solidarity.

The future well-being and viability of our planet–what we do about climate–is being decided right now, in  critical fossil fuel infrastructure investment decisions being made across the land.

What happens next  — be it with the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, Enbridge Line 3, or in the U.S. with the North Dakota Access pipeline through Standing Rock– will determine the sort of planet we will be leaving future generations.

At the front of pipeline battle to protect our lands and waters are Indigenous communities, the First Nations of these lands. And this fight to insure that future generations inherit a healthy planet is a fight on behalf of everyone of us.

But how can non-Indigenous people work in solidarity with Indigenous people? What makes a good ally?  We need to listen humbly and take our cues from what the First Peoples of these lands are telling us to do.

Back in June, we heard first hand from Indigenous activists that welcomed allyship and described what solidarity looks like.  Climate Justice & Indigenous Allyship was a day-long forum hosted in partnership with Divest Waterloo, the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, the Green Awakening Network, Gchi-Nbi (Sacred Water Circle), and the United Church of Canada. The forum was held at Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU). Keynote speakers were Elder Myeengun Henry, of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, and Byron Williston, Associate Professor at WLU specializing in environmental ethics. In addition, panels addressed allyship, the interfaith response, and climate justice.

We recorded the forum and made it available as a tool to aid in guiding allyship work. Below is a clip of the 3-hour long video.This short presentation provides a taste of what to expect in the Climate Justice and Indigenous Allyship full-length conference video.

 

Click here for the full conference video. To facilitate the ease of using this tool, we have included bookmarks to direct you to the individual speakers (under SHOW MORE)