The Indigenous Leadership Council works to build Indigenous leadership within struggles that also include non-Indigenous people, including within unhoused and criminalized communities. Our organizing carves out space for low-income Indigenous people to identify and fight colonialism, and decolonize the urban Indigenous community, alongside a parallel struggle against capitalism. We think of these struggles as Indigenous community defense and home defense struggles.
We also organize to support and advance struggles to defend the land against resource extraction, land dispossession, and national domination. We think of these struggles as land defence. Urban Indigenous people are not “allies” in land defence struggles; we are part of land defence because we can use our tactical advantage in cities and towns to shut down the transit hubs, financial office towers, and city centres that direct resource extraction, and because Indigenous people and communities are inseparable from the land. To be Indigenous and exercise Indigeneity is to defend the land, no matter where we are. The struggle for sovereignty is to defend the land, Indigenous homes, lives, communities, and therefore, nationhood.
Please read our position statement “Decolonization and the anti-colonial struggles of urban Indigenous kin” to gain a deeper understanding of our work.
Updates and Events
On Monday June 21st at 12pm, we are rallying outside the Ministry of Children and Family Development office in Surrey to demand justice for Georgia and all children in foster care, and to call for an end to Indigenous child apprehension and abuse!
On Friday May 21st at 2pm, we are rallying outside the Ministry of Children and Family Development office in Surrey to demand justice for Georgia and all children in foster care, and to call for an end to Indigenous child apprehension and abuse!
Red Braid member Ma Maa Tea (Nuu Chah Nulth and Irish) responds to critiques of Red Braid’s Indigenous leadership. She argues, "Saying low-income Indigenous people have no voice not only erases low-income Indigenous leaders but says that low-income Indigenous people cannot be protagonists in urban centers for themselves and when standing with land defenders."
To survive COVID-19, we have to protect Indigenous spaces. We have to protect our physical spaces where we can see and care for each other. We have to defend all our relations against being controlled by building managers, surveilled by police, and killed by colonizer violence.
The #CoquitlamRailBlockade is part of a Wet’suwet’en defence movement that is spreading as Indigenous nations exercising their sovereign control over their territories stop rail line traffic
Blocking the Port of Vancouver communicates the powerful message that the Wet’suwet’en nation is not alone. Our growing movement must become more powerful to break the hold that corporations, police, and colonial courts have over our lives and relations between Indigenous nations and non-Indigenous people.