Environment: Background Content

Indigenous Alliances

January 1, 2018

Global Indigenous Council

“Founded by a resolution of the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association, the Global Indigenous Council (GIC) has members from the Americas to Australasia.
“GIC’s mission includes membership, representation and participation for all tribal nations in the four hemispheres. The challenges, crises, and legacy of colonial conquest are not unique to the Americas. Throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, Australasia and Oceania, the experience of indigenous peoples replicates ours.

A purpose of GIC is to bring unity, re-establish ancient relationships, develop new alliances, exchange knowledge, and find commonality in our shared purpose of vision and strength for our future generations.”
Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association Resolution. January 2018.

May 4, 2017

Nunavut Environmental Initiatives

A New Shared Arctic Leadership Model – May 4, 2017
Nunavut, Greenland
40 recommendations to the federal government on how to shape sustainable and healthy northern communities with a major focus on education, infrastructure and conservation including the Inuit Council Canada-led Pikialasorsuaq Commission, which has called for the biologically-rich North Water polynya between Canada and Greenland to become an indigenous Protected Are and an Inuit-managed region

Agreement on Enhancing International Arctic Scientific Cooperation – May 11, 2017
Arctic Council: Canada, United States, Denmark, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Iceland
Seeks to enhance circumpolar cooperation in scientific activities to advance scientific knowledge of the Arctic.
The Agreement will improve the current sharing of scientific data and facilitate the movement of people, samples and equipment across borders for the purpose of conducting research, while encouraging the use of traditional and local knowledge that benefits Northerners

September 23, 2016

The Grizzly: A Treaty of Cooperation, Cultural Revitalization and Restoration

An Indigenous Treaty spearheaded by the Piikani Nation in Alberta which now also counts over 130 signatory First Nations and Tribes from across the continent. The leaders present at the ceremony today pledged to work together to safeguard the sacred Grizzly Bear and combat the recent move by the Trump administration to delist the grizzly of Greater Yellowstone from the Endangered Species Act.

Since September 23, 2016, some 170 Tribal Nations have signed this document of inter-tribal solidarity, only the third of its kind in 150-years. In terms of representation, with leaders from the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), it translates to over 700 Tribal Nations.

July 4, 2017

Treaty Alliance Against Tar Sands Expansion

Signed by an assembly of Tribal leaders of the Great Sioux Nation along with leaders of the Ponca Nation in Nebraska and Oklahoma with a large delegation of Chiefs of First Nations from Canada. The tribal leaders and chiefs sent a clear message on this July 4th US “Independence Day” about their independence as Sovereign Indigenous Nations and to announce a new cross-border alliance to stop the Keystone XL pipeline. After the signing today of the 10 Tribes and First Nations from the Great Sioux Nation, Ponca Nation and Blackfoot Confederacy, now counts over 130 First Nations and Tribes who have signed the Indigenous Treaty barring the passage of each of the four pipelines that the Tar Sands industry of Alberta is hoping to build in order to expand production: TransCanada’s Keystone XL, Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline through Minnesota, Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion through British Columbia and TransCanada’s Energy East.

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Specific Industry Environmental Issues

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Indigenous Leadership Initiative: Guardians

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Indigenous Circle of Experts

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International Environmental Issues

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Canadian Energy Regulator: Indigenous Advisory Committee

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Indigenous Opposition to Bill C-69

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