Unist'ot'en Environmental Action Training Camp for Grassroots First Nations

IEN and Wetsuweten are teaming up with IP3/RUCKUS, Rainforest Action Network, Oil Sands Truth, Council of Canadians and others to have an Environmental Justice Action Camp this July 14-19, 2010 in Smithers, Northern BC, Canada to train up grassroots activists confronting the Enbridge Gateway pipeline and other critical EJ issues such as Forest offsets, Climate Change and Tar Sands in the their traditional territory.

This is an invite-only camp for first nations groups across Canada.

A comprehensive training opportunity will be offered throughout the duration of camp to help you become a community trainer using Nonviolent Direct Action (NVDA).  This program is facilitated by the world-renowned Ruckus Society.  Participants will learn nonviolent direct action theory and planning, media/messaging, as well as tactical sessions introducing blockades, climbing, and developing creative visuals.  One day of the camp will be dedicated to implementing some of the theoretical NVDA into a real life large scale community action.

Also during this camp, a series of speakers will be coming in to help clarify the muddy waters surrounding the carbon offsetting discussions that are seeping into all of the Indigenous organization board rooms.  What is carbon offsetting? What does it mean to us? What does it mean to industry?  What does it mean to the environment? Is government involved?

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