Seeding Relationships to Heal the Land - Virtual Forum Event Series
Shifting the Paradigm 2022 - 2023
Part 2: The Importance of Intersectionality in Environmentalism - BIPOC
October 19, 2022 from 12:45 - 3 pm
A Message from Event Coordinator André Vashist
Read About How Carolinian Canada is Committing to Creating Ethical, Safe Spaces
People of color have long been excluded from environmental policy and conservation—creating blind spots that perpetuate inequality. We hope to create space for intersectionality and racial disparities among Black and racialized communities to discuss on-going effects and impacts of colonization and environmental racism in today's communities.
Collectively we need to create space for the fight for racial equity alongside the fight against biodiversity loss. In our community there are powerful advocates for social and environmental justice and these leaders will share how their work is shifting us towards a more just and sustainable future.
Before you join us in this safe space, please review the following resources.
- Meet the Speakers
- Read About How Carolinian Canada is Committing to Creating Ethical, Safe Spaces
- Carolinian Canada's Accountability Statement (below)
- What is Intersectionality? (Kimberlé Crenshaw, Applying it to Environmentalism, + the Start of IE) - YouTube
Background on “Intersectionality”
- Environmental Racism in Canada | The Canadian Encyclopedia
Dr Waldron's work on Environmental Racism in Canadian context
Carolinian Canada's Accountability Statement
Deeping the practice of truth, reconciliation and healing means we acknowledge the historical and present-day impact that colonization has had on the Indigenous people of this land, from genocidal policies and actions to ongoing systemic racism to the relentless eradication of native habitat, flora and fauna across the landscape. In solidarity with Indigenous people, we are accountable in our activities, we have built and prioritized relationships with First Nations communities and organizations, Carolinian Canada has provided in-kind and financial resources to Indigenous-led projects most recently through the Conservation Impact Bond and have helped build capacity for stewardship. By listening and integrating Indigenous leadership into our organizational structures, we continue to deepen our understanding of these impacts. We are working together in the true practice of reconciliation to dismantle colonial policies and practices and create a just and equitable future for all living beings of this land.
We Live on Traditional Territories
We live on the traditional territories of many nations including the Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee, the Lunaapeew, the Wendat and the Mississauga. We acknowledge the inherent and treaty rights of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island including the many diverse First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples who live here now. We commit to the teachings of the Two Row Wampum and the One Dish One Spoon Wampum; and our duty to reconcile, learn more and create safe spaces for Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives to meet and discuss the issues that matter to everyone.
Many Indigenous Nations call the Carolinian Zone home, and have long historic treaties and ties to this land. The First Nations that call southwestern Ontario home include; Aamjiwnaang First Nation, Bkejwanong Walpole Island First Nation, Caldwell First Nation, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, The Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, Munsee Delaware Nation, Eelünaapéewi Lahkéewiit (Delaware Nation at Moraviantown), the Mississauga of the Credit, Six Nations and Oneida Nation of the Thames.