Reproductive Justice on the Frontlines: Showing up for Indigenous Communities

This workshop is intended to further educate non-Indigenous people on the reproductive justice impacts of resource extraction on Native communities and how to stand in solidarity with Native nations. I'll begin by giving a brief historical overview of Indian law and policies that have led to the high rates of violence against Native Women and Two Spirits and the connection to resource extraction. Supreme Court case law, and federal and state policies will be discussed and how they have led to broken treaties, dehumanization of Native women and LGBTQIA2S people, and the ongoing battle for sovereignty. From this I will move to the present day consequences of these policies on our fight for reproductive justice through the battles against environmental racism. I'll end with concrete, actionable steps of how non-Native people may incorporate the fight for Indigenous sovereignty and rights into their daily lives and activism. Coupled with existing statistical data from outside sources, I'll include the research that I have gathered from my travels to pipeline resistance camps. This research will consist of photos, videos, and interviews with Indigenous people, tribal leaders, grassroots activists, and elected officials.

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