Week 4 – COP27 Solidarity- Indigenous Partners


Graphic of Indigenous woman holding a raised feather. Text: KAIROS Climate Action Month. COP27 Solidarity. Indigenous Partners. Hashtag Decolonize Climate Action.

During Indigenous Solidarity Week, we turn our attention to the Indigenous peoples and youth members of the KAIROS/For the Love of Creation delegation to COP27 in Sharm E-Sheikh, Egypt in November. Each delegate greets us with a video that will be posted during this week along with further details about their hopes and expectations for COP27.  

On Tuesday, September 20 we will feature: 

  • Alison Cox/Morning Star Woman, Anishinabe Ikwe Grandmother, Mermaid Clan, Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation, Three Fires Confederacy, from the Robinson Huron Treaty lands in Ontario, and KAIROS Blanket Exercise Facilitator. 
  • Clifford Mushquash, Anishinaabe from Pawgwasheeng (Pays Plat First Nation) on the northshore of GichiGami (Lake Superior), and KAIROS Blanket Exercise Facilitator. 

We will introduce the following youth delegates on Thursday, September 22.  

  • Tia Kennedy, Oneida Nation of The Thames and Walpole Island First Nation.  
  • Yusra Shafi, International student from Kuwait at University of Toronto in Psychology and Environmental Behaviour, intern at Development and Peace.  

Since September 21 is designated by the United Nations as the International Day of Peace, on Wednesday September 21 we will reflect on climate change as a peace issue.  

The Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike returns! The last Global Climate Strike, in 2019, drew thousands in Canadian cities. Let’s fill the streets once more! Join the action in your community. And bring messages to Decolonize Climate Action. A Map of Action is available. Or organize an action! 

This week, parliamentarians return to Ottawa for the fall session. Please write to your MP in support of three private members bills that, if enacted, would address environmental racism and corporate accountability in Canada.  

Delegate Quotes

During this week of Indigenous Solidarity, we highlight the voices and the messages of the Indigenous delegates on our COP27 delegation. 

“When we are able to advocate for ourselves… we are advocating for Mother Earth. We are advocating for those things that cannot speak for themselves, that have no voice. That’s who we are thinking about.  If we can start channeling that mind set for those things that we don’t see as living but are interconnected to us and to our world as much as our blood and our bones and everything that we need to live.” – Alison Cox 

“I think when we see ourselves in the environment and see the environment in ourselves, decisions take by government and industry will produce policy and action that not only prioritize environmental protection and mitigate the effects of climate change, but these decisions and these actions will also improve the health of all people on Turtle Island.” – Clifford Mushquash  

“Indigenous peoples have the longest standing relationship with Mother Earth and the necessary values to affect meaningful and quick change. We view the Earth as our mother, rather than a resource for monetary gain.  Those are the people who should be leading this conversation, because the solutions have always been here.” – Tia Kennedy  

Additional Resources 

Indigenous Climate Action    

Indigenous Climate Action: Decolonizing Climate Policy in Canada: Report from Phase One 

Indigenous Climate Action: This Week in Decolonizing Climate Policy 

Indigenous Climate Action: Is Decolonization a Buzzword? 

Wolastoqiyik and Mi’kmaq Grandmothers – Land/Water Defenders Sharing and Learning Circle: Generating Knowledge for Action Report    

KAIROS: Indigenous Wisdom: Living in Harmony with Mother Earth (2017) 

KAIROS: Research with KAIROS Partner on Free, Prior & Informed Consent: CEIBA’s Experience in Guatemala (2014) 

Colonialism and Climate Change: Deborah McGregor Calls for More Indigenous Input 

Dancing the World into Being: A Conversation with Idle No More’s Leanne Simpson 

How a conservative US network undermined Indigenous energy rights in Canada 

Indigenous voices ring with wisdom on climate change during panel discussion 

Recognizing the transformational potential of Indigenous-led conservation economies 

Understanding Colonization on Turtle Island: Resources to Assist in understanding the past and bettering the future  

Week 3 Digest 

Week 3 – COP27 Solidarity- Global Partners  

Introducing Kelly Campo – OFP/Colombia 

Introducing Ivonne Yanez – Acción Ecológica/Ecuador 

Introducing Noble Wadzah – Oil Watch Africa/Ghana 

Introducing Juan Rachel – SSCC/South Sudan 

Introducing Chantal Bilulu – Héritiers de la Justice/DRC 

Introducing Hana Elias Anton Kare – Wi’am/West Bank 

Introducing Paul Belisario – IPMSD/The Philippines 

Reading the Bible with ecological eyes 


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