#Frack Off: Indigenous Women Leading Media Campaigns to Defend Our Climate
On Saturday September 20, I had the privilege of speaking on a panel with some incredible women warriors at The New School in NYC. The panel included Ellen Gabriel (Mohawk) Human rights activist from Kanehsatà:ke, Shelley A. Young (Eskasoni Mi’kmaq Nation) who is heavily involved in the anti-fracking movement in Elsipogtog, Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara) Native Energy & Climate Campaign Organizer, and myself. The panel was moderated by anti-fracking eco-warrior Julia Walsh, from New York state and Ta’Kaiya Blaney (Sliammon First Nation) also treated the crowd to a surprise performance.
It was a powerfully moving night as these women spoke with a fierce passion about the impacts of destructive industry on their homelands. Because it is inextricably linked to the exploitation of our lands and resources, each woman also spoke on the issue of violence against Indigenous women. Although it was often painful to hear these women’s stories, I was left with a feeling of hope and empowerment because we fight this fight out of an inherit love for our lands, for our water, and for our people. We do it for the generations to come and we do it because we stand on the shoulders of our ancestors.
The event was filmed and livestreamed and can be watched here:
Artwork: Fanny Aishaa
Portrait of Amanda Polshies
Original Photograph credit: Ossie Michelin (APTN)
Memes by the Idle No More team