Anishinaabe Environmental Justice Project
Our Anishinaabe Environmental Justice Project provides tools, resources, and a platform to speak about environmental justice in our communities. We work with tribal communities to provide activities such as: presentations, workshops, and other forms of community action. For this project we work to center and emphasize the Anishinaabe youth voice in our communities.
We work across Native American communities in rural, remote, and reservation communities in Michigan. Our focus is to bring voice and visibility to environmental justice issues in Anishinaabe communities across Anishinaabe Aki. The socio-demographic makeup is Native American (Anishinaabe), rural, reservation, remote, poor, elders, youth, Two-Spirits, disabled, and all other community members. We strive to be inclusive to include all identities in our work based on following the mission and vision of the Native Justice Coalition. Our Anishinaabe people have been facing environmental racism and injustice since colonization. The reservation system is a form of environmental racism which involves treaties and treaty rights - all which have been broken. Our communities are the most impacted by environmental racism in Turtle Island - US. Water crises have occurred in our communities since colonization that have gone unnoticed by the mainstream. We seek to change the narrative of erasure and invisibility.
So often Native American youth feel like they don’t have a voice because their communities and issues are not prioritized in majority culture conversations. We are aware of this dynamic and want to emphasize prioritizing and centering the youth voice in our project. This is why we feel it is important to change the narrative and truly nurture the leadership of the next generation in our Anishinaabe communities. We will engage youth in environmental justice mindfully, gently, and traditionally as possible.
- Anishinaabe Environmental Justice Project, Mary Murray Cultural Camp, Sugar Island, MI, April 2018