Indigenous Engagement Statement

Written by Sebastian Sadja

January 1, 2022

Indigenous Engagement Statement

  • We strive to engage with Indigenous Peoples as we develop a strong and unified force for more effective and urgent climate action in the land known as British Columbia.
  • We listen to Indigenous voices and respect traditional knowledge and wisdom. We are committed to decolonization and the dismantling of colonial structures.
  • We heed the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
  • We see our movement as inseparable from the movements for racial, social, and economic justice. We will work with these movements to grow our collective power and build the world we need.
  • We uphold the principles and standards articulated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) for the establishment and maintenance of a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity, well-being and rights of Indigenous Peoples, which includes the right of Indigenous Nations to participate with free, prior and informed consent in all decisions that concern their wellbeing on their traditional lands.
  • We recognize the right of Indigenous Nations to assert and implement their aboriginal title, rights, treaty rights and right of self-determination and sovereignty as peoples within their traditional territories.
  • We recognize that true reconciliation is about respecting each other’s worldviews and authorities, and working together as equals.
  • We aspire to create this climate action network as a welcoming and respectful gathering place for Indigenous climate leaders who are working on similar issues. We aim to come together to build and exchange knowledge and experiences to guide us into the future.
  • To this end:
    • We have reserved two seats on our Board of Directors for people who bring an Indigenous perspective. The other seats on the Board and all positions on our Working Teams are open to everyone.
    • We are seeking individuals who bring an Indigenous perspective to join our Advisory Panel.
    • We are developing an inventory of Indigenous climate action initiatives in BC.
    • We are engaging with The RAVEN to present a webinar series on Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Action in BC.

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