“In a lot of countries women are on the frontline of this resistance and logically so because they are the ones who know by heart and by their Indigenous knowledge how mining, for example, is going to impact on their food… Yet, their contributions are invisible.”
– Joan Carling, a member of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, May 2014
Indigenous women offer perspectives on resource extraction that often are not heard or understood when evaluating a project’s risks and benefits, or when tracking its long term social and environmental impacts. Research by and with Indigenous women is filling a sizeable knowledge gap about how resource extraction impacts Indigenous women and community well-being. KAIROS works with partners in Canada and the global South to make visible the particular impacts of resource extraction on Indigenous women as well as their unique role in defending community rights and the environment.