Our Struggles are Your Struggles

Stories of Indigenous Resistance & Regeneration

Standing Rock was a pivotal moment in regards to Indigenous resistance — but it was just one in a long line of battles that Indigenous peoples have been fighting against the twin forces of colonialism and capitalism since first contact.

In this episode, we’re taking a deep dive into Indigenous resistance against colonialism, capitalism, and climate change — from the Amah Mutsun’s fight to save their most sacred site in California to the Wet’suwet’en’s battle against a gas pipeline on Canada’s western coast, and then up into the North American tundra and across into Northern Europe’s arctic circle where the Inuit and Sámi peoples are fighting to save the ice that they rely on.

What parallels lie between the struggles of the Amah Mutsun Costanoan Ohlone, the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, the Inuit, and the Sámi peoples of northern Europe? How have the forces of capitalism and colonialism led to the destruction of Indigenous lives, land, language and culture? What can tens of thousands of years of a diversity of Indigenous insights, knowledge, and wisdom — along with a more modern amalgamation of Indigenous-Marxism — teach us about it? And what invitations for paths forward can we take to lead us to a future committed to solidarity, healing, and ecological restoration?

Featuring

Valentin Lopez – Chairman of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band of the Costanoan Ohlone 

Eleanor CastroAmah Mutsun Costanoan Ohlone Elder

Sleydo' (Molly Wickham) – Member of the Wet'suwet'en Nation and spokesperson for the Gidimt’en Checkpoint

Sungmanitu Bluebird – Oglala Lakota activist, researcher, writer, member of The Red Nation and the host of the Bands of Turtle Island podcast for The Red Media

Sheila (Siila) Watt-Cloutier –Canadian Inuit activist, political representative for Inuit, International Chair for Inuit Circumpolar Council, and author of The Right to be Cold

Beaska Niillas – Northern Sámi traditional handicrafter, hunter and gatherer, activist, Sámi school kindergarten teacher, politician, and the host of the SuperSápmi Podcast

Florian Carl – Indigenous ally and member of the Cloudberry Collective

Alberto Saldamando — Indigenous Environmental Network’s Counsel on Climate Change and Indigenous and Human Rights

Music

Chris Zabriskie

Qilaut (Sylvia Cloutier)

A. Paul Ortega and Joanne Shenandoah

G. I. Gurdjieff and Thomas De Hartmann as performed by Cecil Lytle

Douglas Spotted Eagle

Transcript

Upstream theme music by Robert Raymond

Many thanks to Cerberus Star for the cover art.

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