Cross-Border Conversations on the SDGs
Climate change and racial injustice are intersecting crises. To make rapid progress on either issue, we must address them together.
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals offer a framework to tackle complex and intersecting social, economic, and environmental challenges. But Indigenous, racialized, and other marginalized communities have long held the knowledge and practices necessary to overcome them.
How can individuals and organizations put Indigenous knowledge and anti-racism at the heart of their work, without engaging in appropriation and exploitation? How can the SDGs help us address social and environmental justice, and where might they fall short?
Cross-Border Conversations on the SDGs is a series of virtual conversations where we’ll explore strategies and stories with leaders driving SDG action in Canada and the United States.
Join us on March 4 and 18 as we take a look at how anti-racism and Indigenous ways of knowing can propel our efforts to reach the SDGs, while de-centring white supremacy in the process.
March 4 – (Re)Centring Anti-Racism and Indigenous Knowledge in Climate Action
In dialogue with climate advocates and educators, we’ll explore the past, present and future of environmental racism, and how anti-racist and Indigenous-led approaches to climate action can help us challenge its legacy today for a more just tomorrow.
Join us on March 4 to hear from:
- Jade Begay | Director, Climate Justice, NDN Collective
- Celeste Alcena | Community organizer & artist
- Valerie Courtois | Director, Indigenous Leadership Initiative
- Alicia Richins | Partnerships & Standards Manager, Common Approach to Impact Measurement
March 18 – (Re)Centring Anti-Racism and Indigenous Knowledge at Work
Is white supremacy being whitewashed? What does it mean to Indigenize our practices and spaces? Join us to explore the role that each of us can play in solidarity-building for racial justice at work.
Join us on March 18 to hear from:
- Sloane Kali-Faye | Sociologist, facilitator, author of How We Whitewash White Supremacy & How to Stop
- Dominique Dennery | Coach, Facilitator, & Management consultant
- Nathan Hall | Founder & CEO of Culture Check; CEO of Simple Story
- Amanda Kennedy | Indigenous Social Innovator, Founder of Yotuni Charitable Initiative & Kuwahs^nahawi Enterprises
What can you expect?
In these conversations, our goal is to create a brave space for honest dialogue among participants and panelists about what it means to (Re)Centre Anti-Racism in our work and how we tackle the SDGs . We can’t address the full complexity of these issues in 90 minutes — our hope is to bring together a range of perspectives so we can learn what’s worked, what hasn’t, and continue to chart a way forward together. Come with your ideas, stories, and an openness to being challenged and learn.
In an effort to make this event as accessible as possible and to remove cost as a barrier to participating, we’re offering a tiered pricing system with a limited number of fully-subsidized tickets. Upon checkout, please select the option that best suits your needs – no questions asked.
Impact Hub Ottawa and our partners are committed to hosting accessible events. To that end, here are a few things to note:
- This event will be held virtually, on Zoom
- This event will be recorded – you will not be required to use your webcam
- A recording will be sent to all who register via Eventbrite.
- Automated closed captioning in English will be provided
Please identify your accommodation requirements during the registration process and be aware that while we endeavor to address all requirements, it may not be possible to fulfill all requests.
More on the series
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) address serious global challenges, which won’t be solved without major changes to the way we live, work, and interact with our environment. Cross-Border Conversations on the SDGs is a virtual event series highlighting strategies and stories from the frontlines of SDG action.
Hosted by Impact Hub Ottawa with the support of the US Embassy in Canada, the series showcases social justice and sustainability leaders from Canada and the US, sharing their stories on how to work strategically towards the Goals.
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