Indigenous Justice for Environmental Movements
We built this toolkit to support non-Indigenous sections of climate and environmental movements to align our work with Indigenous organizing and with Indigenous sovereignty.
Indigenous nations have always been hit first and worst by ecological crises around the world; they have long been at the frontlines of protecting the land. In this period of imminent collapse, they have led skilled resistance under conditions of incredibly harsh repression, from Standing Rock to the Amazon. Indigenous people are the most experienced and transformative arm of the environmental movement, offering a vision of how we can live in right relationship to the earth. Recognizing this and aligning with Indigenous leadership offers environmental organizations the opportunity to support the power, wisdom, strength and creativity of Indigenous environmental resistance–and win.
This tool was co-developed with the incredible support of many people: Johnella LaRose (Shoshone-Bannock) of the Sogorea Te Land Trust; Mark Tilsen (Oglala-Lakota), Wahleah Johns (Diné), Kim Pate (Cherokee and Choctaw) and multiple other people of the NDN Collective; Gisheekandug Kwe (Anishanaabe) from Treaty 1 Territory, Berkley Carnine, and Chanelle Gallant.
Please use it, share it, and ensure that our movements for environmental and climate protection are aligned with strategies powerful enough to win what we crucially need to thrive on this planet.