FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Katherine Quaid, Communications and Outreach Coordinator,
Indigenous Women on the Frontlines of Climate Change to Speak Out at Public Event and Rally During United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
NEW YORK CITY, New York (April 17, 2019) – On April 23rd, Indigenous women leaders of the Americas will unite to advocate for Indigenous rights and protection of forests, water, communities, and the global climate during a public event organized by the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International concurrent with the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) Eighteenth Session in New York City.
Across the Americas, Indigenous peoples are facing increasing threats to their lives, land, and cultures by industrial fossil fuel extraction and infrastructure. As the first and most impacted, women are at the forefront of resistance to the threats and in promoting the solutions needed to protect and defend Indigenous rights, traditional knowledge, forests, biodiversity, and the global climate. Indigenous women leaders of the North and South will share stories and solutions demonstrating how traditional knowledge guides their work as they challenge governments, corporations and big banks to stop destructive activities and promote indigenous-led solutions to uplift communities and stop the worst effects of climate change.
Public Event - Indigenous Women of the Americas Protecting Mother Earth: Struggles and Climate Change Solutions, 2019
WHEN: Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 5:00 - 8:00 PM EST
WHERE: Church Center of the United Nations, 777 United Nations Plz, New York City, NY 10017
Betty Lyons (Onondaga Nation, Snipe Clan) - President & Executive Director of the American Indian Law Alliance (AILA), USA
Sônia Bone Guajajara (Araribóia Indigenous Land of the Guajajara people) - Executive Coordinator for the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), Brazil
Catalina Chumpi (Shuar) - Coordinator of the Organization of Indigenous Women of Pastaza Province (COMNAP), Ecuador
LaDonna Brave Bull Allard (Lakota) - Historian, Founder/Landowner of Sacred Stone Camp, USA
Michelle Cook (Diné/Navajo) - Founder and Co-Director of the Divest Invest Protect campaign, USA
Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Cree First Nation) - Just Transition Director, Indigenous Climate Action, Canada
Leila Salazar-López - Executive Director of Amazon Watch, USA
Osprey Orielle Lake - Executive Director of the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International, USA
HOW: This is a public event, no UN accreditation is required. Please register here: www.eventbrite.com/e/indigenous-women-of-the-americas-protecting-mother-earth-2019-tickets-58654344724
Rally and Petition Delivery - Stand with Indigenous Peoples of Brazil and the Amazon
On April 23rd there will be a rally and petition delivery to show solidarity with the Brazilian Indigenous resistance and "Terra Livre", the national Indigenous mobilization in Brazil. Brazil's Indigenous peoples are under increasing attack with newly elected President Bolsonaro and his regime's devastating assaults on social and environmental protections.
Indigenous organizations in Brazil are mobilizing locally and globally to protect and defend their communities, the Amazon rainforest, and the global climate. They have called on all of us in the international community to stand with them in solidarity and resistance to demand that the Brazilian government reinstate fundamental human rights standards and protect the Amazon's ecological integrity. WECAN International is honored to collaborate with Amazon Watch to organize this event.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST
WHERE: Permanent Mission of Brazil, 747 3rd Ave, New York City, NY 10017
WHO: Featured speaker: Sônia Bone Guajajara (Araribóia Indigenous Land of the Guajajara people) - Executive Coordinator for the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB), Brazil
Organized by the Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International and Amazon Watch
HOW: On the street in front of the Permanent Mission of Brazil. Additional information here: www.facebook.com/events/1208133292677359/
Event speakers and Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network spokeswomen are available for media inquiries on the ground and via phone and email.
The Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
www.wecaninternational.org - @WECAN_INTL
The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International is a 501(c)3 and solutions-based organization established to engage women worldwide in policy advocacy, on-the-ground projects, direct action, trainings, and movement building for global climate justice.