Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is the first Executive Director of Canada’s only Indigenous-led climate justice organization, Indigenous Climate Action.
What does regeneration mean to you?
Regeneration means looking to the past for answers about our future.
What are you/your organisation doing to regenerate the planet?
Indigenous Climate Action is an Indigenous-led organisation guided by a diverse group of Indigenous knowledge keepers, water protectors and land defenders from communities and regions across Canada. Indigenous Peoples’ rights and knowledge systems are critical to developing solutions to the climate crisis and achieving climate justice.
ICA models their work and organisational structure on systems of free, prior and informed consent and self-determination. By providing communities with knowledge and resources, they are inspiring a new generation of Indigenous climate leaders building solutions centred around Indigenous inherent rights and cultures.
Support Eriel by:
Change what we measure and incentivise
This response asks us to broaden our metrics of success; to move away from a narrow economic focus, and to make visible and measurable other aspects of our lives that we care about and would like to see improved.
Embed Indigenous wisdom
This response requires us to listen and learn from Indigenous cultures around the world - then integrate these learnings.
This response urges us to tap into the exciting participatory democracy movements and experiments that are taking place at a national or local level around the world.
Educating girls & empowering women
This response encourages us to activate our agency, skills and resources to support girls’ education and elevate women with opportunities for growth, employment and leadership.
Give Rights To Nature
This response requires our legal systems to acknowledge that we are dependent on, and in partnership with, nature - and to evolve by granting personhood rights to ecosystems so that they may be protected under law.