ON MOV­ING FOR­WARD AND WORK­ING TO­GETHER

ELLE (Canada) - - Society -

SF: “With Stand­ing Rock, I had to re­mind my­self that the bat­tle wasn’t about the pipe­line; the bat­tle was about peo­ple or­ga­niz­ing. When we lost, it felt like even with all the peo­ple com­ing to­gether [it led to] noth­ing, but the world ac­tu­ally changed a lit­tle bit.”

WHM: “Stand­ing Rock stripped away some of the na­tive ver­sus non-na­tive fight that we saw dur­ing Oka. Some said, ‘White peo­ple aren’t al­lowed at our sol­i­dar­ity fires,’ but the el­ders said that there are non-na­tive peo­ple who [al­most] had their arms blown off at Stand­ing Rock, so there’s space for them. That’s an evo­lu­tion that I find re­ally im­por­tant. The indige­nous-led en­vi­ron­men­tal fight, but with al­lies, is the cool thing about Stand­ing Rock, and I think it’s the first of many fights.” SF: “You can’t look to any front line any­where in North and South Amer­ica and not see young women lead­ing the charge. I stand in sol­i­dar­ity with na­tives and non-na­tives—with ev­ery­one who is stand­ing up for the earth.” WHM: “I’ve seen change in the 27 years since the Oka cri­sis be­cause I’ve been aware and part of this move­ment for so long. There’s a glim­mer of hope that I can grasp onto. Some days I’m more op­ti­mistic than oth­ers and some days I’m not, but that’s the strug­gle of mak­ing change. I hope at the end of my life, peo­ple can say that I made peo­ple’s lives bet­ter, know­ing me and the things that I de­cided to take on [be­cause] I didn’t want to leave a mess for the peo­ple com­ing af­ter me.”

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