Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

April 24, 2017

Indigenous Women: Voices of Global Resistance in New York and DC

Dear Friends and Allies,

This week - please be welcome to join the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network at the People's Climate March for Jobs, Justice and Climate - and for two upcoming events - 'Indigenous Women Protecting Earth, Rights and Communities - New York Cityon April 26th and 'Women Leading Solutions on the Frontlines of Climate Change - D.C.' on April 29th, after the People's Climate March!
Indigenous Women Protecting Earth, Rights 
and Communities - New York City
When - April 26th, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 pm
Where - United Nations Church Center - 777 United Nations Plaza #8g, New York City, NY

Featuring - 

  • Casey Camp Horinek (Ponca; Ponca Nation Council Woman, WECAN Advisory Council Member, USA)

  • Lucy Mulenkei (Maasai; Executive Director of the Indigenous Information Network, Kenya)
  • Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara; Lead Organizer on the Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign with the Indigenous Environmental Network, USA)
  • Gloria Ushigua* (Sápara; President of the Association of Sapara Women, Ecuador) - to be confirmed
  • Betty Lyons (Onondaga; President and Executive Director of the American Indian Law Alliance, USA)
  • Michelle Cook (Diné; human rights lawyer and founding member of the of the Water Protector Legal Collective at Standing Rock, USA)
  • Heather Milton Lightening (Pasqua First Nation, Cree, Anishinabe, Blackfoot and Dakota; Indigenous Tar Sands Campaigner with Polaris Institute, Canada)
  • Alina Saba (Limbu; Nepal Policy Center, Nepal)
About the Event - Indigenous women around the world are impacted first and worst by the effects of environmental destruction and a rapidly changing climate - these disproportionate impacts 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 frontline Indigenous women leaders from countries around the world and the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network, 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.
Women Leading Solutions on the 
Frontlines of Climate Change - D.C.

When - April 29th, 2017 from 6:00-8:30 pm, after the People's Climate March
Where - Impact Hub D.C. - 419 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Featuring - 
  • Angela Adrar (Executive Director, Climate Justice Alliance)
  • Tara Houska (Anishinaabe Peoples; Tribal attorney, National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, and former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders)
  • May Boeve (Executive Director, 350. org)
  • Alina Saba (Limbu Peoples, Nepal Policy Center, Nepal)
  • Rhonda Hamilton (Ward 6 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and Buzzard Point Community Leader)
  • Pennie Opal Plant (Indigenous Leader, Founding Member, Idle No More SF Bay, Movement Rights)
  • Leila Salazar Lopez (Executive Director, Amazon Watch)
  • Sally Coxe (President & Co-Founder, Bonobo Conservation Initiative)
  • Cherri Foytlin (Indigenous Leader, State Director, Bold Louisiana)
  • Victoria Barrett (Youth Plantiff, Our Children's Trust)
  • Osprey Orielle Lake (Executive Director, Women's Earth & Climate Action Network)
About the Event - 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.
March with #Women4ClimateJustice 
at the People's Climate March
On April 29 - the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network will join a diverse coalition of women's groups, climate justice organization and allies, organizing together to march as a Women for Climate Justice Contingent at the Peoples Climate March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate in Washington D.C., and in support of local marches across the country and world.

In Washington D.C. - the contingent will march as part of the second block 'Creators of Sanctuary' - meeting for the start of the march at 4th St NW and Constitution Ave NW. Please join us and follow the Facebook Events Page for all meet-up updates.

Allies marching locally are encouraged to use the resources below to connect with each other and prepare for Sister Marches.

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