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CFP – “Environmental Ethics and Activism in Indigenous Literature and Film”, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, Due Feb 1, 2015

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Call for Proposals on “Environmental Ethics and Activism in Indigenous Literature and Film”


for a
special bilingual issue of the

Canadian Review of Comparative Literature (CRCL)


“Environmental Ethics and Activism in Indigenous

Literature and Film”

co-edited by
Warren Cariou (University of Manitoba), Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair (University of
Manitoba) and Isabelle St-Amand (University of Manitoba)

This special journal edition aims to showcase comparative perspectives on the issues of environmental ethics and activism in Indigenous cultures, and also to highlight the relationships among different media and genres of Indigenous creative expression. We want to explore the diverse and interrelated forms of Indigenous creativity, including literature, film, new media and performance. Our comparative and bilingual approach seeks to explore themes of environmental ethics and activism in a contemporary context where resource extraction and industrialization are increasingly being countered by indigenized forms of thought and action. We encourage proposals that examine the discourses, aesthetics, and knowledges that are emerging at the intersections of public protest, artistic expression, and environmental ethics. Themes to be examined include but are not limited to:

Land and sovereignty
Relationships between human and other-than-human
Colonial violence and resource extraction
Urban rallies and embodied knowledge
Kinship and responsibilities
Resistance and resurgence
Territories of the imagination

Deadlines for Submissions:
Proposals (300 words): February 1st, 2015
Final submissions (preference given to articles between 6000 to 7500 words): July 15th, 2015

The CRCL is a pluralistic, bilingual and peer-reviewed journal devoted to projects and articles that speak to concerns in Canadian culture and literature and beyond in a comparative context. The CRCL encourage excellence and are blind to the stage of the scholar or his or her identity.

If you are interested in contributing to this special issue, please send your proposal to :

Black Mesa mines: Native Americans demand return of their ancestors’ bones

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Black Mesa mines: Native Americans demand return of their ancestors’ bones

Navajo and Hopi Nations are fighting for the protection of Arizona burial grounds as one of the world’s largest coal companies seeks extension of its mining permit

The Peabody mine on Black Mesa with reclaimed areas in the background, looking north-west.
 The Peabody mine on Black Mesa. The company is seeking a lifetime mining permit for the lands it leases from Native American tribes. Photograph: Sam A Minkler

In 1967 the Peabody coal company came to the Navajo and Hopi reservations in northern Arizona and Utah to excavate a strip mine – but the land it leased from the tribes was on an ancient tribal burial ground. So, as required by law, it hired archeologists and for the next 17 years a dig known as the Black Mesa archeological project – the largest in North American history – unearthed more than one million artefacts, including the remains of 200 Native Americans.

Now the bones and artefacts are at the centre of a debate between tribes people who say ancestral remains and archeological ruins have been desecrated, and a coal company and government officials who are planning a new dig. Read More

Guardians of life: The indigenous women fighting oil exploitation in the Amazon

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On Oct. 12, 2013, a group of nearly 300 women from seven indigenous nationalitiesmarched to Quito, Ecuador, arriving in the capital four days later with theirchildren in their arms, the sharp angles of their faces — young and old — decoratedwith vegetable ink designs, covered in the same strength and determination with which they began their journey. They were marching to Quito to ask the central government to respect their ancestral lands, to refrain from exploiting the oil that lies beneath his Kawsak Sacha, a living jungle. In November of that same year, a smaller delegation of women peacefully protested during the 11th Oil Licensing Round, an auction of 6 million acres of ancestral indigenous land for oil exploitation. The protests, however, turned sour when oil executive and politicians scolded protesters, and Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa subsequently demanded the closing of the NGO Fundación Pachamama and indicted 10 indigenous leaders on charges of terrorism.

While women have always played an active role in historic marches that marked the struggle for the rights of indigenous peoples in Ecuadorthis was the first walkorganized and led by women.

Felipe Jacome’s set of photos AmazonGuardians of Life documents the strugglesof indigenous women defending the Ecuadoran Amazon through portraitscombined with the powerful written testimonies. The words across each photograph are a self-reflection of the lives of women, their culture, history and traditions, and especially about the reasons for fighting oil drilling on their ancestral landsThe color designs framing each portrait use the same natural dyes found in face paint to expand on the symbols and designs that reflect theirpersonalities, courage and struggle.

All photos by Felipe Jacome Read More

Federal Appeals Court To Hear Gitxaala Lawsuit To Stop Pipeline

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Vancouver, BC – September 26, 2014 — The Federal Court of Appeal has granted leave to Gitxaala Nation to apply for Judicial Review to challenge the approval of the Northern Gateway Pipelines Project. The Court’s decision on leave means the Court will hear and decide on the Gitxaala Nation’s lawsuit challenging Cabinet’s approval of the Enbridge Project.

Due to the number of lawsuits that have been filed, and the number of parties involved, it is unlikely that the Court will hear submissions for several months. In the meantime, several parties are expected to file evidence with the Court and seek direction as to how the lawsuits will proceed. It’s possible that the Court will decide to hear all the cases together. Read more…

Bison treaty signed by Alberta, Montana tribes

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1st treaty among tribes and First Nations in the area since the 1800s

By Matthew Brown, The Associated Press

Posted: Sep 23, 2014 7:53 PM MT – Last Updated: Sep 23, 2014 7:53 PM MT

Native tribes from the U.S. and Canada signed a treaty Tuesday establishing an inter-tribal alliance to restore bison to areas of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains where millions of the animals once roamed.

Leaders of 11 tribes from Montana and Alberta signed the pact during a daylong ceremony on Montana’s Blackfeet Reservation, organizers said.

It marks the first treaty among the tribes and First Nations since a series of agreements governing hunting rights in the 1800s. That was when their ancestors still roamed the border region hunting bison, also called buffalo.

The long-term aim of Tuesday’s “Buffalo Treaty” is to allow the free flow of the animals across the international border and restore the bison’s central role in the food, spirituality and economies of many American Indian tribes and First Nations — a Canadian synonym for native tribes.

Such a sweeping vision could take many years to realize, particularly in the face of potential opposition from the livestock industry. Read More…

Amazon Women on the Frontlines of Climate Change

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

A selection of photos from Amazon Women on the Frontlines of Climate Change, a traveling photography exhibit with written and live testimonies from indigenous women leading solutions on the frontlines of the Amazon as the region confronts the impacts of climate change.

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As in other developing countries, women in the Amazon bear a disproportional burden as climate change impacts their traditional territories and environment. It is in the daily lives of these women – who are highly dependent on local natural resources for their livelihood – that the battle to save the family, traditional ways of life and the future of their children is played out. In order to further preserve biodiversity and limit its degradation, indigenous people – particularly women – can and should play a leading role in the global response to climate change. Amazonian women hold a wealth of knowledge and expertise that can be used in climate change mitigation, disaster reduction and adaptation strategies. These brave women are rising to become effective agents of change, and have taken the lead in a rapidly growing movement to protect their rainforest homelands across Ecuador. As female givers of life, the women of the Amazon have felt a great responsibility to lead the fight against impending oil drilling and the destruction of Pachamama, our “life giving mother earth,” and are calling on the world to keep oil under ground in their ancestral lands. Read More…

CFP: By Women of Color + Indigenous Women in the North American Environmental Movement

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Call for Submissions:

An Anthology of Articles, Essays and Interviews

By Women of Color + Indigenous Women in the North American Environmental Movement


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While a multitude of serious issues face our planet and human communities today, an array of visionary efforts, actions and solutions are simultaneously being offered to counter the many challenges we face.  Women of Color and Indigenous Women are at the center of and leading much of this important work.

Women, who plant trees and community gardens in our cities. Women, who advance traditional ecological knowledge and practices. Women, who fight for clean air and demand accountability by polluting industries.  Women, who challenge oil companies and defend the rights of communities across the globe. Women, who advocate for chemical policy reform and green chemistry to safeguard our health.  Women, who teach and inspire around the deep connections between people and our beautiful planet. Women, who support immigrant restaurant owners to green their businesses with energy saving measures. Women, who work with passion, vision and purpose to create and achieve much against significant odds.

Call for Submissions and Nominations

With an aim to lift up and celebrate the work of so many amazing, impactful, dedicated women, we humbly invite submissions and nominations for a new anthology of North American-based Indigenous Women and Women of Color working on diverse environmental issues, locally, nationally and globally.  We seek compelling articles, essays, and interviews on the profound vision, work, and wisdom that Women of Color and Indigenous Women provide to our communities and the broader environmental movement. Seasoned and emerging leaders, grassroots activists, academics, community members, advocates, scientists, social change artists and others are all encouraged to contribute. We welcome new and unpublished writers as well as those who have been published previously.

This project will showcase a diversity of important work, from climate change to sustainable food systems to Indigenous-led conservation strategies to environmental justice to green jobs to renewable energy and more.  All efforts within the broader environmental and related human rights, public health and social justices spheres are welcome.  You do not have to call yourself an “environmentalist” or see your work as strictly environmental to contribute to this project.

Submission Guidelines

Please see the attached detailed guidelines for submission of articles, essays and interviews.

Deadline for Nominations and Submissions

If you are interested in participating in this project, we ask that you please send us your contact information and a short abstract (of up to 200 words) describing your intended piece by March 15, 2014.  Self-nominations, nominations of others and interview ideas are requested by that date.  Final submissions are due on July 7, 2014.  Early submissions are encouraged.

Questions or To Discuss Ideas

Please contact the editors at:  Women.Enviro@yahoo.com

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”

— Toni Morrison