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CHEJ Training Call: Indigenous Organizing

June 18 , 12:00 pm 1:00 pm EDT

Indigenous peoples have been pivotal in the environmental justice movement, leveraging their deep-rooted connection to the land and traditional ecological knowledge to spearhead powerful campaigns against environmental degradation. Recently, indigenous groups have led significant actions against pipelines (such as the Dakota Access Pipeline and Line 3), mobilized global support, and drawn attention to the threats these projects pose to sacred lands and water sources. They have also been at the forefront of efforts to combat water contamination in communities like Flint, Michigan, and across various reservations where water quality is a critical concern.

Indigenous organizing is characterized by its holistic approach, integrating cultural, spiritual, and communal elements, which not only fosters strong internal solidarity but also resonates widely, creating broad coalitions of support. Their methods emphasize collective action, community-led solutions, and the integration of traditional practices with modern advocacy, offering a resilient and inclusive model that can inspire and strengthen the broader environmental justice movement.

In this call, we have invited renowned organizer, Judith LeBlanc, director of the Native Organizers Alliance (NOA) to share her insights, victories, and advice as an indigenous organizer.

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