Inter Pares is located on the unceded territory of the Anishinaabe Omàmiwinini. Our community is spread across the Indigenous lands currently known as Canada. As part of our commitment to decolonization, we build relationships with Indigenous-led movements and foster connections between Indigenous communities in Canada and internationally.
In this Bulletin, learn how Indigenous people in Canada are resisting mineral extraction, bringing long shut-out voices to policy conversations and defining their own food systems.
Countering corporate control at COP27 climate negotiations
“Thoughts and feelings only go so far ... Economic reconciliation is backing up those feelings.”
Celeste Smith, a food sovereignty activist and Indigenous woman, advocates for climate solutions rooted in justice. She also reminds us all that reconciliation is about more than sentiments – it's about action. We’re proud to support her social justice work in a small way through the National Farmers Union.
Resisting lithium mining in Quebec
Below the surface of the unceded territory of the Anicinape Aki, in Abitibi-Témiscamingue in western Quebec, a rare resource has caught the eye of Sayona Mining: lithium. The company plans to extract lithium at three sites in the region. One site is on the unceded territory of Long Point First Nation. In 2018, Sayona Mining acquired a claim to these lands, and dozens of others, through provincial mining laws.
The laws did not require the company to gain the consent of the First Nation, or even to consult them.
Sowing food sovereignty, cultivating relationships
The relationship between Inter Pares and the National Farmers Union goes back four decades. By supporting the NFU’s International Program Committee, Inter Pares helps farmers in Canada push for better climate policy, support migrant farm workers and build relationships between settler farmers and Indigenous communities.