DEI Newsletter - Summer 2021
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August 9: International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples

Hello friend,

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, observed annually on August 9th, “marks an occasion to celebrate, raise awareness about, and help to protect and promote the rights of indigenous peoples throughout the world," according to the United Nations. 

The DEI Committee has curated this collection of resources to aid in our own edification, and sincerely hopes the following articles, videos, and audio content supports your DEI journey as well.

- Blink's Internal DEI Committee

(Image: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs)

What's Happening This Month

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples (8/9)
Hijri New Year (Muslim) (8/9)

Rosh Hashanah (9/6-9/8)
Yom Kippur (9/15-9/16)


(Image/pictured: Jefa Greenaway)

Article: The Indigenous Design Perspective
By Dr. Daryl Holland, Pursuit

"The Indigenous design perspective has been ignored, replaced or forgotten for too long, says architect Jefa Greenaway - but things are changing... Jefa Greenaway, of the Wailwan and Kamilaroi people, is a lecturer at the University of Melbourne. He is both the curator of [Blak Design Matters, an exhibition of contemporary Indigenous design] and convenor of the Indigenous Design Symposium. We asked him what the Indigenous design perspective is, and what we can do to increase its visibility."

Article: Regenerating the Environment and the Economy: Conscious Businesses Take on Decolonization

Via Bioneers

"The upheaval of the last year revealed the depth of social inequities, especially in the United States, where a capitalistic system puts profits ahead of people, creating ripple effects around the globe. Amid these crises, more companies and organizations are seeing the need to take the lead and do their part to ensure a healthy planet for the future by addressing social and environmental systemic flaws."

Article: 25 Books by Indigenous Authors You Should Be Reading

By Kaitlin B. Curtice

"Read books. First and foremost, this supports Indigenous peoples who are writers and creators. It directly gives back to Indigenous communities and reminds the reader that Indigenous peoples are still here, creating new content for the world. It’s also important to have this conversation for well-meaning allies. Indigenous peoples cannot do the work for you. You must dig in and learn yourself, and the best way to do that is lean into our cultures."

(Photo by Marie Eriel Hobro)

Article: Hawai'i is not the multicultural paradise some say it is 

By Imani Altemus-Williams and Marie Eriel Hobro, National Geographic

"But Hawai‘i’s racial make-up does not stem from a desire to unify races. Instead, it comes from concerted Western efforts to eradicate Native Hawaiian culture and create division among sugar plantation workers. The reverberations are still felt among residents today, including by the people featured in these portraits... they are part of our ongoing project focused on dismantling the myth of Hawai‘i as a post-racial paradise."


(Dahkota Brown presenting in the Indigeneity Forum at the 2017 National Bioneers Conference. Image: Bioneers)

Video: How Indian Mascots Dehumanize

Length: 2 min.

"Dahkota Brown (Wilton-Miwok) Founder of NERDS, Native Education Raising Dedicated Students, and appointee to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education talks about the impact that Indian mascots have on Native youth in school. This presentation took place in the Indigeneity Forum at the 2017 National Bioneers Conference. Indigeneity is a Native-led Program within Bioneers that promotes Indigenous knowledge and approaches to solve the earth’s most pressing environmental and social issues through respectful dialogue."

(Dr. Risling Baldy speaking at the 2020 Bioneers Conference. Image: Bioneers)

Video: Indigenous Voices for Decolonized Futures

Length: 21 min.

"Indigenous peoples, deeply rooted in place-based knowledge, are leading the way in developing strategies on how best to approach climate justice and climate resilience.... Leading Indigenous educator Dr. Cutcha Risling Baldy provides a three-step approach to re-imagining climate and environmental justice in California and beyond, focusing on concrete actions that challenge us to dream better futures together."


(Image: Seedcast)

Podcast Episode: How traditional land stewardship can save life on Earth

Via Seedcast

This episode of Seedcast "[explores] the ways in which Indigenous knowledge and Indigenous land sovereignty are essential tools to stop mass extinctions, alleviate climate change, and prevent future pandemics. We learn about the complicated history of Indigenous peoples and Western-guided conservation initiatives, and why efforts like the global 30x30 initiative to protect at least 30% of the land and sea on Earth by 2030 are essential (and why they may not go far enough.)"

Organization Spotlight

Fund for Global Human Rights
"The Fund for Global Human Rights equips grassroots activists with the financial and strategic support they need to improve lives, mobilize movements, and build a better future for their communities. Since 2002, the Fund has raised and invested over $100 million into the work of community activists in more than 25 countries."

Cultural Survival
"Cultural Survival is an Indigenous-led NGO and U.S. registered non-profit that advocates for Indigenous Peoples' rights and supports Indigenous communities’ self-determination, cultures, and political resilience, since 1972. For almost 50 years, Cultural Survival has partnered with Indigenous communities to advance Indigenous Peoples' rights and cultures worldwide."

Indigenous Roots
Indigenous Roots is "dedicated to building, supporting and cultivating opportunities for Native, Black, Brown and Indigenous peoples through cultural arts and activism." The organization provides "accessible space and programming to promote and practice holistic well being through indigenous arts, culture, and tradition."

International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs
IWGIA is "a global human rights organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and defending Indigenous Peoples’ rights. Since 1968, IWGIA has cooperated with Indigenous Peoples' organizations and international institutions to promote recognition and implementation of the rights of Indigenous Peoples."
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