Indigenous Youth on LAND BACK: Indigenous Control of Indigenous Land as Climate Action
Updated: Dec 6, 2019
Indigenous Climate Action is attending the UNFCCC COP 25 Climate Summit in Madrid, Spain December 2, 2019 to December 11, 2019. ICA is calling on Canada to stop the expansion of the Alberta tar sands by rejecting the TECK frontier mine and associated pipeline projects like the TransMountain and the Line 3.
ICA has supported a delegation of Indigenous Youth from communities impacted by these megaprojects who are attending the UN Climate summit to pressure Canada on their commitments to the collective rights of Indigenous Peoples as signatories of the UN Declaration On The Rights Of Indigenous Peoples and their commitments to a 1.5 C global emissions targets laid out by the Paris Climate Accord.
Join on Facebook Livestream to see ICA's Youth Delegates, as they share perspectives on the powerful Land Back movement and the call for Indigenous control of Indigenous lands for climate action at Indigenous Climate Action.
Nigel Henry Robinson is a Denesuline organizer and radio host from Cold Lake First Nations. His father lived through residential school and passed away at the age of 48 from an alcohol related death. This affected Nigel profoundly and has since spent a lot of time figuring out the systems that have affected his family and working towards wellness in himself, his community, and the land.
Kalilah Rampanen comes from the western coast of British Columbia, Canada. Her heritage stems from the nuučaan̓uł (Nuu-chah-nulth) territory on western Vancouver Island, Woodland Cree near Fort Mcmurrary and Finnish ancestry. In addition to her musical path, Kailah is actively involved in activism and advocacy for the protection and preservation of Indigenous lands, culture and language.
Takaiya Blaney is an indigenous youth advocate for the protection of lands, waters, communities, and climate. Since the age of 10 she has been vocal within movements combatting extractive industry, climate change, and oil pipelines that threaten the present and future survival of her people. She seeks to address colonialism as the root of climate change and promote sustainable indigenous solutions.
Portia Morin is a 17 year old Indigenous climate and environmental activist, as well as a youth representative and advocate from Dene Tha First Nation. She began advocating for her community at the age of 8 after seeing the many impacts industries have mode on the land around her own community. Portia has previously been a part of UN Climate Negotiations including the COP24 and COY14 in Kawowice, Poland. Portia has also attended UNESCO youth representing different Indigenous communities in Alberta that have seen the different effects of climate change. Based in Edmonton, Alberta Portia has been a part of local movements such as Beaver Hills Warriors and local Climate Strikes and other issues that affect Indigenous rights. Travelling to different communities around Alberta she has become aware of the impacts and ways that Indigenous peoples have to adjust to these serious issues. She plans to continue her work shedding a light on these issues that continuously get ignored as well as help to uplift and motivate Indigenous youth to use the voice for a better future.