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Resistance & Sovereignty at Grassy Narrows First Nation

The climate crisis grows more critical each year. Despite this, and despite the fact that Anishinaabek and Cree, among others, are on the frontlines of land and water preservation and revitalization, Canada (federal and provincial governments and industry) continues to break treaties and, in so doing, threaten the livelihoods of Indigenous people. .  Grassy Narrows, …

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The Climate Emergency & the Colonial Response

In this brief, Eriel Deranger identifies the critical nature of the climate emergency amidst the dangerous exclusion of Indigenous peoples from environmental decision-making being made by colonial governments. Deranger asks, what does a climate plan look like without consideration of Indigenous rights and what should they look like from [an Indigenous] perspective?

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“Decolonizing” Clean Energy Policy in Canada?

As provinces and territories work to develop policies to promote clean energy, they will also need to come to terms with the fact that climate change and renewable energy are fundamentally Indigenous rights issues. While Indigenous peoples could play a key role in Canada’s transition to a low carbon economy, a recent review of 57 provincial and territorial energy programs and policies show that Indigenous inclusion in such programs is severely lacking.