In light of the intensifying climate crisis and Covid-19 pandemic, it has never been more clear the importance of Indigenous rights and self-determination, and women’s leadership as central strategies for justice and protection of Mother Earth. From the frontlines of extraction to the boardrooms of financial institutions to the halls of governments, Indigenous women are leading resistance efforts against the fossil fuel industry. Indigenous women and their allies are building critical strategies for national and international divestment that call for justice and accountability from the financial sector, while advocating for a Just Transition that places people and planet first.
-- Casey Camp Horinek, Ponca Nation, long-time Native rights activist, Environmental Ambassador and WECAN Board Member
--Charlene Aleck, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, former councillor with the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Trans Mountain pipeline expansion opponent
-- Monique Verdin, Houma Nation, Director of The Land Memory Bank & Seed Exchange, Organizer with Another Gulf is Possible
-- Michelle Cook, Diné, Founder of Divest Invest Protect, Founder and Co-Director of the Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegations
-- With facilitation and comments by Osprey Orielle Lake, Founder and Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN), Co-Director of the Indigenous Women’s Divestment Delegations.
This event is one of a series of Global Conversations about Finance, Risk, and Investments in a Low-Carbon Future, presented as part of Climate Week NYC 2020, Sept. 21-27. Sponsors include the Climate-Safe Pensions Network, DivestNY, Fossil Free California, Friends of the Earth, MassDivest, Reclaim Finance, Stand.earth, Urgewald, Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International, 350 Silicon Valley, and 350.org.