Indigenous women from Canada and the global south offer perspectives on resource extraction that are often not heard or understood when evaluating a project’s risks and benefits or when tracking the long term social and environmental impacts. Furthermore, there is growing evidence that women are differently and disproportionately affected by the negative impacts of resource extraction including environmental contamination, gendered based violence and other social, health and environmental impacts.
This Convergence Assembly is jointly organized by KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, Pauktuutit: Inuit Women’s Association of Canada, Quebec Native Women (QNW), Accion Ecologica (Ecuador) and International Peoples Conference on Mining (IPCM) in the Philippines. This event will be an opportunity to hear directly from Indigenous women leaders from Canada, the Philippines and Latin America about impacts of resource extraction on their communities and to learn about their critical role in defending collective rights and the environment. The Assembly builds on our collective work and findings on these issues which have been summarized in a series of videos produced by KAIROS.
This Convergence Assembly will be an opportunity to:
• highlight the voices and the work of Indigenous women on the issue of resource extraction and its impacts
• deepen understanding of the key issues and the findings,
• strengthen and broaden the network of Indigenous women and organizations who are working on these issues
• propose collective strategies and actions based on work in the community and these discussions.
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Indigenous women leaders, partners in Canada, the Philippines and Ecuador, will highlight proposals for collective action based on their work with communities. Recognizing the vast experience and expertise at the WSF, participants in the Assembly will also be invited to react to the presentations, focusing on collective strategy and action.
, Pauktuutit Inut Women of Canada
Gloria Chicaiza, Acción Ecológica
Beverly Longid, coordinator, Indigenous Peoples Movement of Self Determination and Liberation (IPMSDL), International People's Conference on Mining, Philippines
Jennifer Henry, executive director, KAIROS
Alma Brooks, , grandmother, Maliseet Grand Council, Wabanaki Confederacy