$10,000 to support Earth Guardians’ Indigenous Youth Initiative, which is led by Indigenous youth on the frontlines of climate and social justice movements, including the fossil fuel fights, across the U.S. and Canada.
$5,000 to support Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas de la Amazonía Ecuatoriana (CONFENIAE)’s annual assembly bringing together 600 Indigenous delegates from across the Ecuadorian Amazon to define joint strategies for the defense of Indigenous rights and territories and plans for scaling up and implementing their own visions and solutions.
$5,000 to support relaunching Pueblo Shuar Arutam’s School of Communications, including securing equipment and holding a series of 6 2-day workshops to be held at each of the PSHA community associations across almost 600,000 acres of Shuar territory in the Ecuadorian Amazon with participation from at least 1 representative of all 47 communities and with youth participation prioritized as well. This has been a long-term goal of PSHA to enhance their capacity for reporting, documenting and overall communications work as the Shuar continue their efforts to protect their traditional territory from a number of threats, including the controversial San Carlos-Panantza open-pit copper mine.
$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.