$5,000 to support 3 Sapara communities in establishing traditional medicinal garden plots and sharing knowledge regarding use of medicinal plants, with a special focus on the techniques that have been used in the prevention and treatment of Covid-19. Training participants and teachers from each of the communities’ education centers will continue the process of sharing this knowledge and maintenance of the medicinal gardens together with local youth as part of overall programs supporting Sapara health, rights and protection of traditional territories.
$5,000 to support installing solar and shortwave radio communications systems in 2 Sapara communities in their territory in the Ecuadorian Amazon covering an area of over 500,000 acres of intact roadless rainforest that has been defended from being opened up to oil development. The first phase of the project was initiated in 2020 to help address the Covid crisis and territorial defense initiatives and was initially supported by partner NGOs – in this phase the Sapara are now taking the radio program into their own hands and expanding it to additional communities supported by their own trained technicians.
Amazon Emergency Fund / Coordinating Body of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB)
$50,000 to support efforts led by Coordinating Body of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB) to support emergency Covid-19 response for Indigenous communities and organizations as a new Covid strain is spreading rapidly across Amazonas state in the Brazilian Amazon. Funds will go towards urgent and immediate prevention and care; food and medical supplies (including oxygen concentrators going to remote communities); emergency communications and evacuation; protection and security for Forest Guardians; and food sovereignty and community resilience.
$5,000 to support a unique audio-visual collaboration between ancestral communities in the western Coastal Chocó rainforest and the Amazon, including trainings for youth in documentary storytelling and production of a 50 minute documentary about the Indigenous Awá community of Guádualito and the Afro-descendant community of La Chiquita that live in and around the last remaining stands of the tropical Chocó rainforest along the Ecuadorian-Colombian border and together filed the world’s first Rights of Nature lawsuit in response to impacts from palm oil plantations.
$8,000 to support Kichwa Indigenous communities affected by the largest oil spill in more than a decade in the Ecuadorian Amazon as they fight for justice. This grant supported two gatherings that were a critical part of FCUNAE’s consultation and trainings for the Kichwa communities they represent and support, including a general assembly with representation from all 70 villages and a series of trainings for youth towards cultivating future leadership.
$7,500 to support the Water and Medicine Gathering to ensure that ongoing communication is occurring and supported in Indigenous communities in Alberta about fossil fuel extraction, water, traditional knowledge and how to move forward to address these interconnected issues, as well as providing an opportunity for additional ceremonial and cultural sharing and teaching.
$25,000 to support Treaty People Gathering, organized by a broad coalition of dozens of Community Based Organizations and NGO partners joining together to support a call to action from Indigenous frontline leaders for a major mobilization to pressure political leaders to do the right thing, as happened with the Biden Administration canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, and immediately stop construction of the Line 3 pipeline to protect Native rights and lands, invaluable waterways and the climate.
$5,000 to support the Red Road to DC project, a Native-led strategy, including a cross-country tour connecting twenty of the most vital Native-led struggles where sacred lands, waters, and species are endangered by extractive industries. Ceremonial welcomes, live-streamed and outdoor events, and evocative media production helped to strengthen grassroots organizing and build support for the sovereign right of tribal nations to shape local and federal solutions. The tour culminated with the gifting of a totem pole from Lummi carvers and spiritual leaders to the Department of the Interior, which led by Rep. Deb Haaland, the first Native American cabinet secretary in US history.
$5,000 to support a Native-led power building and organizing push to further build the coalition of landowners, activists, organizations, and protectors in opposition to construction of the Southgate extension project of the Mountain Valley Pipeline that would negatively impact ecosystems, including threatening hundreds of streams and wetlands, and communities in its path from southern Virginia into central North Carolina. A walking and driving tour along the proposed pipeline route also included a process of documenting and mapping Indigenous & enslaved people’s burial sites and other sacred sites that would be impacted on ancestral Saura, Tutelo, Monacan, Occaneehi, and Saponi lands.
$7,500 to support a grassroots, frontlines effort led by Indigenous women to protect Native territory from the destruction and extraction associated with Calgary-based energy giant Enbridge’s 1,000-mile Line 3 tar sands pipeline project through community patrols related to fossil fuel infrastructures and monitoring the impacts of extractive industries on Native communities, particularly on Indigenous women.