Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

May 24, 2018

VIDEO -- Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation Confronts Credit Suisse at Shareholder Meeting

Watch this powerful video as the Indigenous Women's Delegation demands answers from Credit Suisse, and holds it responsible for financing the disastrous fossil fuel industries in their homelands.
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Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation Confronts Credit Suisse at Shareholder Meeting 

"The decisions you make as Credit Suisse and the Swiss people effect those of us downstream from your actions. You sit here comfortably in your privilege, while our communities bear the risks of your investments with our very health, our lives - we face a future without clean water, as you reap your dividends and returns. To us, water is life, to all of us." - Dr. Sara Jumping Eagle

Indigenous women and their allies are rising in action to divest funds from banks and fossil fuel companies endangering Indigenous peoples, human rights, climate, and water. They are advocating against unwanted extractive development and demanding adherence to international Indigenous rights and human rights standards and norms.

The third Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegation To Europe traveled to Germany and Switzerland, engaging in high-level meetings with officials from UBS, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse and the Swiss government; holding a public education event in Zurich; participating in a direct action outside bank headquarters; and presenting powerful testimony at the Credit Suisse annual shareholder meeting.

International allies are called upon to demand Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank stop funding the companies violating Indigenous rights and destroying the climate! Continued action from people across the U.S. pushing for their Tribal Nations, cities, schools, friends, and families to divest from U.S. based fossil fuel funders also remains imperative!

Featuring Delegates - Charlene Aleck (Elected councillor for Tsleil Waututh Nation, Sacred Trust Initiative, Canada); Dr. Sara Jumping Eagle (Oglala Lakota and Mdewakantonwan Dakota pediatrician, living and working on the Standing Rock Reservation, North Dakota); Wasté Win Yellowlodge Young (Ihunktowanna/ Hunkpapa of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Former Tribal Historic Preservation Officer); Monique Verdin (Member of South Louisiana's United Houma Nation Tribal Council and the Another Gulf Is Possible Collaborative); and Michelle Cook (Diné/Navajo, human rights lawyer, Founder and Co-Director of the Divest, Invest, Protect campaign, and Delegation Co-Organizer) - along with Osprey Orielle Lake (WECAN Executive Director, Co-Director of the Divest, Invest, Protect campaign and Delegation Co-Organizer), and Swiss women leaders.

Read the latest Delegation press release here:

Learn more about ongoing work of Indigenous Women's Divestment Delegations here:…/divest-invest-…

The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network is honored to participate in this vital work.

Follow and support ongoing pipeline struggles including: L'eau Est La Vie Camp - No Bayou Bridge - No Bayou Bridge Solidarity Campaign - Camp White Pine - Three Sisters Resistance Camp - Makwa Initiative - Line 3 Frontline Resistance - Tiny House Warriors

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