Dear All,
While not solely connected to STMP issues, this might be of interest to some of you as there will be direct updates from powerful frontline Indigenous women leaders on pipeline fights and oil extraction in the midst of the COVID pandemic :

All are invited to a two-part WECAN webinar program, 
“Indigenous Women on the Frontlines” Tuesday, April 14, and Thursday, April 16. These webinars are part of WECAN’s “A Just and Healthy World is Possible: Advocacy and Solutions Series,” an ongoing webinar program lifting up women’s leadership to support next steps as we continue to collectively build a powerful movement founded on principles of justice, love, and a fierce dedication to our planet and each other.
Please be welcome to join and share. To ensure the safety and security of our participants and speakers we ask that you register for each of the webinars at the links below. If you need support registering or have any questions, be welcome to reach out to
PART ONE: Indigenous Women of North America, Turtle Island on the Frontlines: 
COVID-19 and Fossil Fuel Resistance
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
1:00pm PT/4:00pm ET USA Time
**Please check your own time zones to participate**
During the webinar, Indigenous women leaders will discuss how COVID-19 is impacting their communities and how oil and gas pipelines are being fast-tracked in their lands— violating Indigenous rights and further putting Indigenous women at risk. In this wide-ranging discussion, presenters will share calls to action, stories and wisdom, immediate needs of their communities, community-care practices, and the latest updates from various campaigns and resistance movements, focusing on Keystone XL, Line 3 and Coastal GasLink pipelines, and tar sands extraction.

Indigenous women are vital defenders of the living Earth, and they are standing up to protect human rights, Indigenous sovereignty, healthy communities, cultural knowledge, biodiverse ecosystems, water, forests, and our climate. This is a critical time to stand with courageous Indigenous women leaders, support their calls to action, and to learn from their resistance efforts as well as their essential healing knowledge, and how to make our way through these times and reconnect with Nature.

 You can find a full event description and list of speakers at the facebook event here.

PART TWO: Indigenous Women of Brazil and Ecuador on the Frontlines:
COVID-19 and Defending Communities and the Amazon
Thursday, April 16, 2020
12:00pm PT/3:00pm ET USA Time
**Please check your own time zones to participate**
During this webinar, Indigenous women leaders of the Ecuadorian and Brazilian Amazon will unite to discuss how the devastating coronavirus pandemic is impacting their communities, as they face ongoing deforestation, oil extraction, and Indigenous rights violations in their territories. As is the case across North America, Indigenous peoples of the Global South are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 due to a lack of resources and health disparities brought on by centuries of colonial policies and environmental racism. Indigenous women leaders will share their stories, analysis, wisdom, and advocacy for Indigenous rights, protection of forests, water, communities, and the global climate. We have much to learn from the women’s calls to action, their immediate needs, and their vision for living in respect and well-being with Mother Earth.
In Solidarity,
Osprey Orielle Lake
Founder/Exec.Dir. Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN)
Executive Committee, Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature
San Francisco Bay Area, California

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