Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

March 30, 2017

Indigenous Women Protecting the Earth: Events in New York and DC


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WDear Friends and Allies,

We are thrilled to invite you to join the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network for two upcoming events - 'Indigenous Women Protecting Earth, Rights and Communities - New York City' on April 26th and 'Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change - D.C.' on April 29th, after the People's Climate March!

Explore event details, register and share with friends and colleagues using the information below!
Global women leaders speak out at a 
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network event in Marrakech, Morocco 2016
Indigenous Women Protecting Earth, Rights 
and Communities - New York City

April 26th, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 pm
United Nations Church Center - 777 United Nations Plaza #8g, New York City, NY

Indigenous women around the world are impacted first and worst by the effects of environmental destruction and a rapidly changing climate - their disproportionate vulnerability the result of a dangerous intersection of colonialism, racism, extractive economies and patriarchy. However despite all odds and against great challenges, it is these very same Indigenous women who are rising up, challenging the status quo, holding a vision, and taking action to build the vital solutions needed for a just and livable future for everyone. 

Join the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network and frontline Indigenous women leaders from countries around the world, as we gather to share stories, concerns, struggles and plans of action for change. Included in the event discussion will be resistance efforts from Standing Rock to the Amazon; Indigenous rights and frontline communities; the tenth anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; and women's leadership and calls for action within a climate justice framework. 

This public event will be held in parallel to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues happening in New York at this time, with the expressed purpose of ensuring that the vital voices of Indigenous women leaders are heard by the public, media and government representatives during the formal UN processes. We are thrilled to be presenting this event with the collaboration of MADRE and ClimateMama.

Speakers to date include...
  • Casey Camp Horinek (Ponca Peoples; Ponca Nation Council Woman, WECAN Advisory Council Member, USA)
  • Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Peoples; Indigenous Environmental Network, USA)
  • Lucy Mulenkei (Maasai Peoples; Indigenous Information Network, Kenya)
  • Heather Milton Lightening (Pasqua First Nation, Cree, Anishinabe, Blackfoot & Dakota; Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign, Polaris Institute, Canada)
  • Alina Saba (Limbu Peoples; National Indigenous Women's Forum, Nepal)
  • Michelle Cook (Diné Peoples; Legal Advisor to Standing Rock movement, USA)
  • Leaders from the Amazon, to be announced
Indigenous women leaders of the Ecuadorian Amazon march on  International Women's Day 2016 in
Puyo, Ecuador - Photo by Emily Arasim/WECAN
Women Leading Solutions 
on the Frontline of Climate Change - D.C.
April 29th, 2017 from 6:00-8:30 pm
Impact Hub D.C. - 419 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Join the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network for 'Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change - D.C.', a dynamic gathering with worldwide women leaders joined in solidarity to speak out against environmental and social injustice, draw attention to root causes of the climate crisis, and present the diverse array of visions and strategies with which they are working to shape a healthy and equitable world. 

This event is organized with the conviction that real forward movement towards climate justice depends on the full and equal participation of women in all stages of decision making and implementation, and that real change will come from women mobilizing and taking action at the local, national, and international level. Women have always been on the frontlines, now it is time for them to be at the forefront. 

Included in topic discussions will be resistance efforts from Standing Rock to the Amazon; Indigenous rights, environmental racism, and frontline communities; the intersection of gender and environment; and women's leadership and calls for action within a climate justice framework. We are thrilled to be presenting this event with the partnership of Impact Hub D.C.
Speakers to date include...
  • Angela Adrar (Climate Justice Alliance)
  • May Boeve (
  • Alina Saba (Limbu Peoples of Nepal, National Indigenous Women's Forum)
  • Buzzard Point community leader, to be announced
  • Leila Salazar Lopez (Amazon Watch)
  • Sally Coxe (Bonobo Conservation Initiative)
  • Leaders of the Amazon, to be announced
  • Representative from Our Children's Trust, to be announced
  • Osprey Orielle Lake (Women's Earth & Climate Action Network)
  • More speakers TBA!
We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming events! Those of you in Washington D.C. for the People's Climate March are invited join WECAN to march with the Women for Climate Justice Contingent.

All global allies are also encouraged to join us for WECAN's upcoming series of free, online Education and Advocacy Trainings for Women for Climate Justice.
For the Earth and All Generations, 

Osprey Orielle Lake
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network 

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