Our mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Honor the Earth develops these resources by using music, the arts, the media, and Indigenous wisdom to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the Earth and be a voice for those not heard.
THE ROAD AHEAD
In our Anishinaabe prophecies this is called the time of the Seventh Fire. This is a time when our people will have two roads ahead of us - one miikina, or path, which is well-worn - but scorched - and another path which is green. It will be our choice upon which path to embark. That is where we are. We have seen the rise of a highly inefficient American industrial society on our lands. The largest mining companies in the world began in the heart of Anishinaabe territory- the Keewenaw Bay and the Mesabe Iron range, and then traveled the world. The society which has been created is highly extractive and highly inefficient, where today material resources and water become wasted and toxic, and we waste 60% or more of the energy between point of origin and point of consumption. This highly destructive economy has reached material limits, and is now resorting to extreme extraction hether the removal of 500mountain tops in Appalachia (largely for foreign coal contracts), extreme mining proposals in the Great Lakes region, to Fracking and tar sands extraction, we are clearly on a scorched path.
Honor the Earth is interested in the transition from this destructive economy and way of life, back towards land based economics. In this land based economics, we see that intergenerational and inter-species equity are valued, that cyclical systems are reaffirmed , that not all “natural resources” are up for extraction, and that we behave responsibly. We recognize the wealth of a landbased economy because we have lived it, and we will continue to work to keep these waters for wild rice, these trees for maple syrup, our lakes for fish, and our land and aquifers present for all relatives.
Native people are in a pivotal position in this time and region. It is essential that we affirm principled and culturally-driven agency. That is to say that tribal communities often conflicted over extraction as a result of a historic set of decisions forced upon us, are able to be essential agents of change in this time. Honor the Earth will work in the next two years, with first nations, Indigenous communities, and tribal governments to oppose extraction, support tribal regulatory push for environmental regulation, strengthen renewable energy and food systems work in our region, and create a curriculum and learning tool for tribal youth in Indigenous Economics.