[Practice Brief] A Global Indigenous Collaborative To Restore Balance for the Wellbeing of Humanity and the Environment

(May 17, 2023)

The impact of climate change and ecosystem collapse can no longer be ignored. We have reached a critical moment, a tipping point that calls for informed and effective climate action. “Engaging Indigenous communities” as suggested by the United Nations, national governments, researchers, and others is not enough. Indigenous-led systems transformation is needed to inform legal, regulatory, policy, and practical approaches to ensure an abundant future. Now is the time to deconstruct the systems and practices that reinforce colonialism and perpetuate inequities.

In 2021, Red Star International, Inc. (Red Star), an Indigenous-led non-profit organization based in the U.S., explored the potential role a global, multi-sector Indigenous collaborative could have in advancing systems transformation for the well-being of humanity and the environment. This practice brief summarizes the participatory process utilized and Red Star’s future directions based on project outcomes