Sunday, December 20th at 3:30pm AKST / 4:30 PT/ 7:30pm ET
Q&A starts at 5pm AKST / 6 PT / 9pm ET – HERE and will be live on Native Movement’s Facebook page HERE.
DEFEND THE SACRED – PROTECT THE ARCTIC
In the Gwich’in language, “Iizhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit” means The Sacred Place Where Life Begins. This place is otherwise known as the “1002 area” of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
In 1987, Congress designated 1.5-million-acres of the coastal plain (section 1002) of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to be reserved for potential oil and gas exploration and to be protected as habitat for critical species in the North. But now, the Bureau of Land Management and the Trump Administration, has announced their rushed lease sale in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge kicking off 30 Days of Public Comment before the sale on January 6th.
Native Movement, with partners and protectors around the world, are taking action during these 30 days. Join us for this important film and a discussion with protectors in Alaska about where we stand in defense of the Arctic as a whole, and our vision to transition away from extractive economies, and towards regenerative, Indigenous led solutions.
This event is inclusive, free to those who can’t afford it. For all others, suggested donations on a sliding scale of $15-100 are requested in lieu of a flat ticket price. The funds are raised for Native Movement and will be distributed to Always Indigenous Media and Defend the Sacred AK. The donations collected will also support the Indigenous Environmental Network’s work, the film impact campaign “No More Sacrificed Communities” and be used to provide small honorariums to our panelists and filmmakers for their time and expertise. Please give generously according to your financial situation.
Always Indigenous Media is a grassroots media project by the members of Defend the Sacred AK. We believe in uplifting the voices of those who are on the front lines, whoʼs communities are fighting for Indigenous rights and sovereignty, for the land, and for our peoples.
Defend the Sacred AK is an Alaskan movement to boldly uplift our sacred connection to each other, the earth, and all living beings. Our path of decolonization is guided by Indigenous voices and place-based knowledge. It is our responsibility to Unlearn, Dismantle, and Heal.
All of our efforts and fundraising will be to support organizing to #ProtectTheArctic – In the Gwich’in language, “Iizhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit” means The Sacred Place Where Life Begins. This place is otherwise known as the “1002 area” of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.