Hello everyone and happy new year! We are so excited to be back and kicking off our first episode of 2022 with a special guest; Janelle Lapointe. Janelle is an Afro-Indigenous climate justice and Indigenous rights activist from Stellat’en First Nation, currently working in communications for the David Suzuki Foundation as a guest on the lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) peoples.
Today’s episode starts off with Janelle’s journey to becoming a climate and Indigenous rights activist. We then dive into an important conversation about the events taking place on the West Coast with respect to the Wet’suwet’en peoples, the Coastal Gaslink Pipeline, and the ‘national myths’ that surround perceptions of so-called ‘Canada.’ Today’s chat is one that you don’t want to miss so plug in your earphones and get listening!
To follow along with more of Janelle’s journey, you can find her on Instagram and Twitter at @janellelapointe.
Janelle’s PayPal (TIP YOUR EDUCATOR!)
Janelle’s article in the National Observer: An environment of anti-racism is how we win
David Suzuki Foundation
Support for Wet’suwet’en: Check out the Wet’suwet’en Supporter Toolkit and write your government representatives to tell them to get RCMP off of Wet’suwet’en land!!!
Books: Unsettling Canada: A National Wake-Up Call by Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson, The Reconciliation Manifesto: Recovering the Land, Rebuilding the Economy by Arthur Manuel and Grand Chief Ronald Derrickson, The Trudeau Formula: Seduction and Betrayal in an Age of Discontent by Martin Lukacs
University of Alberta Indigenous Canada FREE Course
Stay up-to-date on all things Wet'suwet'en: Gidimt’en Yintah Access
Brandi Morin: Cree/Iroquois/French | Awarded Journalist @Songstress28 on Twitter
Amber Bracken: Documentary photographer @photobracken on Twitter
Michael Toledano: Documentary filmmaker and photographer on Wet’suwet’en land @M_Tol on Twitter