Web of Change: Opportunity for Growth and Learning

​ It's been a couple months since my trip to Cortes Island British Columbia for 2017 Web of Change. The effort of going to Web of Change happened to be a lot more difficult than it was actually being on the island. I refuse to have a credit card so my accessibility of even just getting there was a bit more of a hassle and almost discouraged me from going at all. Thankfully, with a few calls and emails I was able to get fully sponsored through Indigenous Climate Action and was gratefully on my way to one of the most beautiful places I've witness here on Turtle Island. Aside from witnessing the solidarity at Standing Rock in North Dakota or my home community of Sagkeeng Anishinaabe Nation in M

Why Indigenous voice matters in climate justice

“Who tells the story about climate justice? What are the crucial voices needed to make effective change? How does voice shape understandings and in turn, actions?” I recently participated, as a representative for ICA (as a new Toolkit Researcher and Coordinator), in a think tank session for the annual Victoria Forum, held at the University of Victoria. This event was attended by mostly non-Indigenous academics, business professionals, and university students, who had paid conference registration fees to be there. Ultimately, I was one of only two Indigenous people in the room, and the only Indigenous woman, in a very exclusive, highly privileged space. Ironically, the themes for this years F


Thank you to everyone who joined us for #IndigenousLive! Executive Director Eriel Deranger and Executive Committee Member Clayton Thomas-Muller (350.org) discussed ICA turning down a $150K award from Aviva Canada and the importance of Indigenous rights in the climate justice movement. Thank you to our guest speakers Dallas Goldtooth (Indigenous Environmental Network), Kanahus Manuel (Tiny House Warriors) and Suzanne Dhaliwal (UK Tar Sands Network). In case you missed it, check out the recording on our Facebook Live feed! Resources discussed during live feed: https://gofossilfree.org/canada/ https://www.secwepemculecw.org/ http://nokxldakota.org/ https://www.insurancebusinessmag.com Intereste

Why our developing organization decided to turn down a $150,000 cash prize

Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) recently had to make some unexpected and incredibly difficult decisions together. As a new organization with a growing team led by women of Dene, Cree, Metis, Blackfoot, Haida, Inuit, and Anishinaabe-Ojibwe descent, we have had to navigate the muddy waters of corporate funding within the early stages of our work. On November 22, Aviva Canada reached out to notify us we were the winners of the Community Legacy Fund – an exclusive $150,000 cash prize. Not only did we win, we were informed that ICA had received a perfect score from every single judge on the panel. While this news should have been reason to celebrate, we had just learned that Aviva plc (the parent

Indigenous Climate Action rejects $150,000 award from Aviva Canada due to moral conflict with Aviva

For Immediate Release December 6th, 2017 Indigenous Climate Action rejects $150,000 award from Aviva Canada due to moral conflict with Aviva investments Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton, Alberta), Treaty No. 6 - Early last week Indigenous Climate Action (ICA), an Indigenous-led climate justice project, received news they had won the Aviva Canada Community Legacy Award - a $150,000 award through the Aviva Community Fund competition. However, in a major turn of events, ICA made an unconventional decision to reject the award and cash prize because of a ‘direct contradiction’ between Aviva’s financial relationship with oil and gas projects and ICA’s vision, mission, and values. Shortly after receiv

Honouring Marlene Bird

On Monday November 27, 2017 Marlene Bird, a cree woman from the Montreal Lake Cree Nation passed away at the age of 50. Indigenous Climate Action would like to acknowledge this woman for her bravery, the legacy of her life and the dire need to shine a light on issues of state violence and work toward bringing an end to all violence against our people. Marlene’s courage and the message of her life was honoured across the country this week with countless vigils, round dances, and events. Paul Seesequasis posted a video clip and photos on Twitter from one of the round dances held in Saskatoon on Tuesday night to commemorate her life: https://twitter.com/PaulSeesequasis/status/935662989557907456

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