$5,000 to support Xavante communities impacted by agribusiness and proposed major transportation routes that would cut through their territory in the Cerrado, a tropical savanna ecoregion of Brazil, to fortify their cultural revitalization and community health initiatives. This women and youth led project is supporting community gardens in 4 communities on the Sangradouro Xavante territory, including expansion of the gardens, collection of seeds in partnership with community gardens on neighboring Xavante territories, teaching traditional practices to youth including making baskets to store the seeds and crops, and creation of a bilingual texts documenting traditional practices prepared by the project team in collaboration with Elders.
$2,500 to support a delegation of 40 Indigenous Tano Batak community members from the Lake Toba region in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, to Jakarta to carry out sustained mobilizations to directly pressure government officials as part of their ongoing efforts to secure land rights after decades of being impacted by Toba Pulp Lestari – a notorious company which stole their land.
$9,000 to support an Indigenous delegation from the Kichwa community of Serena in the Ecuadorian Amazon to participate in the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, as part of a larger delegation being organized by the Black and Indigenous Liberation Movement, including leading sessions at the Minga Indígena and at the alternative World Summit of Indigenous Peoples.
$20,000 to support production of a series of radio episodes that will be aired across the major Amazonian Indigenous radio stations in Ecuador that will shed light on the context and community-led processes that have resulted in several landmark legal wins advancing the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and territorial defense in Ecuador. The project is being done in collaboration with an Indigenous communications team, including youth, that are receiving training in running and producing radio shows to be able to continue producing Indigenous-run radio programs.
$40,000 to support using the Waorani’s legal precedent against the Ecuadorian government’s proposed auction of their ancestral territory to the international oil industry to defend 7 million additional acres of rainforest threatened by oil auction. The project is also supporting efforts to: strengthen women’s leadership through capacity building and real-world experience in implementation of projects in support of their communities and development of women-led microenterprises; implement alternative education pilot projects across 12 Waorani communities; carry out territorial demarcation and patrolling; and build alliances with Indigenous Nations of the southern Ecuadorian Amazon and Indigenous organizations.
$5,000 to support COICA (The Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin) and OPIAC (the National Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon) co-hosting the first annual Women’s Summit in Colombia with 130 Indigenous women participants from across the Amazon basin and including panels, workshops and other exchanges sharing experiences focused on topics such as women’s livelihoods, community activism and territorial defense, women’s rights, Covid-19, climate impacts on the Amazon, and community resilience.
$15,000 to support delegations of Indigenous women to participate in the 2nd Indigenous Women’s March in Brasilia to mobilize against the attacks on Indigenous land rights that are being pushed through Congress and the judiciary in Brazil. This grant provided support for a major delegation of women from the Xokleng, Kaingang, and Guarani communities that are at the center of a land rights legal case being considered by the Brazilian Supreme Court, as well as for women delegates form Munduruku territory in Brazil and from Sarayaku, Shuar and Shiwiar communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon.
$10,000 to support work with 6 Indigenous Tano Bata communities in the Lake Toba region in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, impacted by Toba Pulp Lestari – a notorious company which stole their land. The communities, including the Pargamanan Bintang Maria-Parlilitan community, are being supported with documentation, including mapping and aerial photos of forest cover in their customary areas, as well as through networking and advocacy work as part of a multi-year effort to secure land rights to more than 50,000 acres for Batak Toba communities.
$5,000 to support a 10-day storytelling/filmmaking workshop for women and youth in the community of San José de Piatua, a Kichwa community in the Ecuadorian Amazon engaged in a successful anti-mining struggle. The workshop is run by TinkasTawna, an Indigenous-run communications school based in Ecuador that seeks to not only train Indigenous youth in audiovisual communications, but also to establish the infrastructure in communities for the ongoing production of Indigenous-made audiovisual content to help amplify their own visions and solutions.
$5,000 to support Standing Rock Youth Runners long-distance prayer run from North Dakota to Minnesota in solidarity with Indigenous resistance to the Line 3 pipeline. The team of 21 Indigenous youth and supporters ran in a relay a total of 680 miles collectively over 11 days stopping at several Indigenous Line 3 camps. The goal of the project was to raise awareness and show solidarity and the intersectionality between Indigenous-led resistance to the Dakota Access and Line 3 pipelines.