The Creative Arts and Climate Change: International Indigenous Art and Culture

Contributed by Charalee Graydon from Rhodes-Scholars.TV

THE COP21 AGREEMENT of December 12, 2015

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change:

Recognize that climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet and thus requires the widest possible cooperation by all countries, and their participation in an effective and appropriate international response, with a view to accelerating the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions;

Acknowledge that climate change is a common concern of human kind, Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable situations and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women and intergenerational equity;

Agree to uphold and promote regional and international cooperation in order to mobilize stronger and more ambitious climate action by all parties and non-party stakeholders, including civil society, the private sector, financial institutions, cities and other sub national authorities, local communities and indigenous peoples,

Indigenous Art and Culture

It is clear that indigenous art is providing a message about Climate Change.

I have gathered information to show that the indigenous art community is providing an international message for climate change. I provide links to illustrate some of the projects focusing on indigenous people and their cultures. New climate concern messages are being provided by the creative arts community daily.

IN MY HOME COUNTRY, CANADA, the journal Canadian Art provided:

I share work of indigenous artists and First Nations communities that have taken a special interest in sharing the teachings of indigenous people.

The story of First Nations artist, Duane Linklater

Creative Art in the form of Text, Film and Storytelling:

Turtle Lodge in Manitoba, Canada and The Great Binding Law

The Great Binding Law was presented by Anishinabe, Nehetho (Cree) and Dakota Knowledge Keepers from their place of strength, the Turtle Lodge, in response to the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs’ request for them to offer guidance and leadership in response to the National Energy Board’s request for input on possible pipelines entering their territory.


On October 17 and 18, 2016, Elder and Youth representatives from many First Nation communities met at the Turtle Lodge to discuss how to strengthen nationhood at the Strengthening the Spirit of Nationhood Gathering. Communities came together over the issue of protecting and bringing out leadership protocols for the sacred site of Manitou Api.

They decided to build the spirit of unity and nationhood by initiating monthly gatherings to share teachings, hosted by a different community each time, around each new moon, in their local lodges and community centers.

With the help of Knowledge Holders, who shared the very old language, the communities named this process Mide Aniicinabe Akiing (pronounced Mi-day Anee-ci-na-bay A-keeng), which means “Kind-Hearted People of the Land”.

Recent advice: The Earth is Changing and So Must We.

Are we listening to the messages of COP21 and the voices of the indigenous community?

Charalee Graydon
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