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NDN Collective

Yesterday, NDN Collective announced eight team members will attend the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) taking place in Glasgow from October 31-November 12.

The NDN Collective team will take part in developing the Paris Agreement, which originated at COP15 and contains critical references to Indigenous communities that can help drive change at the local level. They will also be on the ground advocating to fight false, corporate-driven solutions like Article 6 — uplifting Indigenous-led solutions instead — and will take part in the Global Day of Action.

The climate justice team will have copies of their recently published book, Required Reading: Climate Justice, Adaptation + Investing in Indigenous Power, available at the conference. The book is a practical guide for seasoned politicians and grassroots advocates alike to establish equitable and meaningful solutions to the climate catastrophe. It illuminates the link between centering Indigenous leadership in political processes and repairing our fractured world. 

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  • Jade Begay, director of the climate justice campaign and member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council
  • Kailea Frederick, climate justice organizer and member of the city of Petaluma Climate Action Commission
  • Ben Yawakie, climate justice organizer and member of Minnesota’s Environmental Quality Board and the International Joint Commission’s International Red River Watershed Board
  • Korina Barry, managing director of NDN Action
  • Lycia Maddocks, Political Director at NDN Collective
  • Cy Wagoner, Creative Resistance Coordinator
  • Demetrius Johnson, LANDBACK Organizer
  • Lorenzo Serna, Director of Tactical Media

“Undoubtedly, this year’s COP26 is the most important climate summit in history. By mid-November, we will all have a better sense of our fate on this Earth by knowing what decisions will be made during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations. In order for that fate to be hopeful, world leaders and nations must prioritize solutions that quickly and equitably shift our societies and economies away from the fossil fuel industry. There is no market-based solution or carbon pricing mechanism that will get our global or nation state emissions down quick enough in order to have a safe and liveable planet in the next three decades. At this year’s COP26, in addition to fighting for bold and urgent action, we are fighting for survival on planet Earth as we know it.” 

- NDN Collective’s Climate Justice Team.

“This year’s COP26 negotiations are some of the most timely discussions that will happen in the movement toward ending the perpetual cycles that keep us from addressing the climate crisis. These convenings will set the standard to how we will go forward as a global community — our goal is for Indigenous people to have a voice in negotiations around actual, equitable solutions. The NDN Collective team will be on the ground hosting and participating in conversations to illustrate exactly what we mean when we say that Indigenous people and our traditional ecological knowledge are the keys to true climate solutions. This is the moment for us to take the bold commitments we’ve heard from world leaders and create accountability measures for real action.”

- Lycia Maddocks, Political Director at NDN Collective. 

About NDN Collective

NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building, and narrative change, we are creating sustainable solutions on Indigenous terms. 

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