INDIGENOUS SOLIDARITY @ SCAN!
Indigenous Solidarity is fundamental to SCAN!’s vision and platform, is reflected in the actions we take, and is the focus of the SCAN! Indigenous Solidarity Committee
SCAN! MEMBERS SUPPORT THROUGH ACTION
RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) Actions
SCAN! partners with Decolonial Solidarity, a cross-country ally network working with Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs and Land Defenders, to organize actions at RBC branches opposing RBC financing of the Coastal GasLink pipeline being built across Wet’suwet’en territory without consent. Stay tuned to find out about actions at RBC branches in your community.
SCAN! joined the 6,000-strong marching Toronto led by the Land Alliance coalition of five First Nations calling for the Ford Government to end mining activity in their Territories in violation of their right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent.
Click HERE to view a gallery of inspiring photos of the March by Marion Voysey and Peter Shepherd.
To find out more about this historic struggle, click HERE to read “Protect the Breathing Lands!–Indigenous Nations in Ontario Call to Solidarity” by John Huot on the SCAN! Blog.
SCAN! CENTRES INDIGENOUS SOLIDARITY IN ITS WORK
… in recognition of:
- The historic and ongoing effects of colonialism on Indigenous Peoples, including the disproportionate impacts of the climate crisis;
- The leading role of Indigenous Peoples in resisting fossil fuel and resource extraction on their traditional territories, the principal source of the climate crisis; and
- The centrality of Indigenous ways of knowing and practices in developing sustainable solutions to the climate and ecological crisis.
SCAN! recognizes the central roles of Indigenous Peoples in the implementation of our core purpose–addressing the climate emergency.
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- To respectfully engage with Indigenous Peoples and their campaigns related to Indigenous rights, the environment, and the climate crisis;
- To work towards building a just and equitable relationship between settlers and Indigenous Peoples with the mutual goal of an equitable flourishing of all life on a liveable earth.
SCAN! PLATFORM ON INDIGENOUS SOLIDARITY
A Transition in Our Relationship with Indigenous Peoples
INDIGENOUS SOLIDARITY FUND
SCAN! sets aside 10% of all its general revenues to support Indigenous organizations whose goals and activities address the causes of and solutions to the climate crisis. In 2023, two Indigenous organizations and a campaign have received support from the Fund:
Indigenous Climate Action (ICA)
Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) describes itself as “an Indigenous-led organization guided by a diverse group of Indigenous knowledge keepers, water protectors and land defenders from communities and regions across the country. We believe that Indigenous Peoples’ rights and knowledge systems are critical to developing solutions to the climate crisis and achieving climate justice.”
Protect the Breathing Lands
The Breathing Lands (aka the Ring of Fire) are located within the vast James Bay boreal lowlands that have sustained the lifeways of Anishinaabe and Anishini people for thousands of years. Ten Nations are joining forces to defend Treaty 9 territory and the vast carbon-sequestering peatlands in Northern Ontario. “10 First Nations sue Ontario and Canada over resource extraction & broken Treaty Nine promises,” The Narwhal, April 26, 2023.
Keepers of the Water
“Keepers of the Water are First Nations, Métis, Inuit, environmental groups, concerned citizens, and communities working together for the protection of water, air, land, and all living things within the Arctic Ocean Drainage Basin. Keepers of the Water understand that clean, fresh water is invaluable to life and the environment for a sustainable, balanced, and just future for the survival of all of the life we share on this incredible planet.”
SCAN! INDIGENOUS SOLIDARITY COMMITTEE
The purpose of SCAN!’s Indigenous Solidarity Committee (ISC) is to integrate the centrality of Indigenous Rights and Ways of Knowing to address the climate crisis into all aspects of SCAN!’s activities.
JOIN US ON A LEARNING JOURNEY
SCAN! members are committed to educating ourselves about Indigenous issues, especially as they relate to the climate crisis. We are exploring ways to become allies and acknowledge the historic reality of Indigenous Peoples’ stewardship of the land, air, and water.
We are providing links to a variety of exciting sources – written, video, film, webinars, novels, speakers for you to explore for yourself.