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Indigenous Women Protecting Earth, Rights & Communities - NYC

  • Church Center for the United Nations - CCUN 777 United Nations Plz New York, New York 10017 (map)

Welcome to "Indigenous Women Protecting Earth, Rights & Communities" in NYC this April. Indigenous women around the world are impacted first and worst by the effects of environmental destruction and a rapidly changing climate. Their disproportionate vulnerability is the result of a dangerous intersection of colonialism, racism 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.

Included in the topic discussions 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. Join the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International, and frontline Indigenous women leaders from countries around the world, as we gather to share stories, concerns, struggles and plans of action for change. This public event will be held in parallel to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues happening in NYC 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 MADREand ClimateMama.

What: Indigenous Women Protecting Earth, Rights & 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, NY 10017

Who: 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 Lightning (Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign, Polaris Institute - Institut Polaris, Canada)

*** Alina Saba (Limbu Peoples, National Indigenous Women’s Forum, Nepal)

***Michelle Cook (Diné Peoples, Legal Advisor to Standing Rock movement, USA)

***Women leaders from the Amazon of Ecuador, to be announced

How: Please visit http://wecaninternational.org/pages/upcoming-eventsfor details and REGISTRATION!

Earlier Event: April 25
Nonviolent Direct Action Training