Indigenous activists, primarily women and Two Spirit peoples, have organized hundreds of marches, rallies, and acts of resistance opposing environmental injustice, racism, and the climate crisis in the past 20 years. On the surface these actions appear to mirror those of the mainstream environmental movement. But something more is occurring. Indigenous women and Two Spirit peoples are tapping into a long-held desire to decolonize and Indigenize their relationship to the Earth. Indigenous environmental protests become places of ritual, prayer, song, dance, and even pilgrimage. Indigenous activists do not view themselves as protesters but as protectors and healers of the Earth, while working to revitalize women and Two Spirit centered religious practices.
Rosalyn LaPier, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Montana
Chaired by Robin Bell, Lamont Research Professor at Columbia University