KAIROS Land is Identity video coincides with opening of UN Commission on Status of Women
…we have been taught our identity comes from the land and our songs are on the land and when you do an environmental assessment that does not come up.
Anne Marie Sam, Nak’azdli First Nation, member of First Nations Women Advocating for Responsible Mining
KAIROS is excited to release Land is Identity, the second vignette in the Gendered Impacts: Indigenous Women and Resource Extraction video series that was launched on March 8, International Women’s Day. The release of this video coincides with the opening of the 60th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. The focus of this year’s session is women’s empowerment and its links to sustainable development.
As representatives of Member States, UN entities, and women’s organizations and movements from around the world meet at the UN to discuss the role of women in sustainability, it is an opportune time to highlight and amplify the voices of Indigenous women on issues of resource extraction and its impacts.
Land is Identity explores the deep connection Indigenous women have to the land. Through our partners’ voices, we hear how dislocation from the land as a result of resource extraction affects culture and identity, for generations.
KAIROS will release the remaining four videos in the Gendered Impacts series over the next two weeks (March 14-24) while the UN CSW is in session.