Climate Voices

October 9, 2023
By: Climate Generation

Honoring Indigenous People’s Day

Honoring Indigenous People’s Day - Photo

Today, the Climate Generation team is celebrating and acknowledging Indigenous People’s Day across Turtle Island (North and Central America). 

The Indigenous peoples of the Climate Generation team have pulled together some resources they would love to share with you –– our community –– to dive into and explore on this holiday and beyond. 

While one day doesn’t do justice to the genocide that happened to Indigenous people throughout the world, on this day we can center Indigenous voices, campaigns, and demands. We can draw from the strengths of their teachings and our interconnectedness with each other and the earth.

“One Earth, One Mother. One does not sell the Earth the People walk upon.” — John Trudeau

Indigenous Organizations to Support and Engage With

NDN Collective
NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building and narrative change, we are creating sustainable solutions on Indigenous terms.

Honor the Earth
Honor the Earth’s mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Honor the Earth develops these resources by using music, the arts, the media, and Indigenous wisdom to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the Earth and be a voice for those not heard.

Indigenous Environmental Network
IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues (EJ). IEN’s activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect our sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health of both our people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.

Indigenous Climate Action
Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) is an Indigenous-led organization guided by a diverse group of Indigenous knowledge keepers, water protectors and land defenders from communities and regions across the country

Indigenous Rights and the Climate Crisis

Sacred Places Preservation  

Explore how the Native Organizers Alliance is protecting sacred places, medicines, burials, ancestors, cultural items, and ceremonial ways to ensure Indigenous voices and representation are centered regarding Indigenous rights, freedoms, and ways of life. 

4 Fossil Fuel Projects that Harm Indigenous Communities 

On the heels of Climate Week NYC, read about the fossil fuel projects that are currently threatening Indigenous communities while contributing to the climate crisis — from the lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to the Greater Chaco Canyon, located in the ancestral homelands of the Diné and Pueblo peoples. 

Here are 3 places to watch the Land Back movement unfold in 2023 

The Land Back movement calls for the acknowledgement and return of Indigenous sovereignty over traditional territories. Educate yourself on the movements happening from northern Manitoba to Hawaii to the Black Hills of South Dakota.  

Keep Reading: Books and Media from Indigenous Voices

Native Authors + Banned Books
The Banned Books Book Club monitors currently banned books from Native authors. Commit to reading one — or all — of them and explore the associated reading guides for students for each title.

While Indigenous | NDN Collective
Plug in your earbuds and listen to NDN Collective’s podcast, While Indigenous. As a starter, ]we recommend the Indigenous People’s Day episode from 2018.