I believe that communities that will directly reap the effects of any ecological changes actively done deserve the right to be a part of the consultation, conversation, and decision in the change being made.
I envision a world where Indigenous communities are able to have all three dimensions of justice, distributional, procedural and recognition be satisfied. In particular the Indigenous communities will have no net negative impact on their community, food sources, etc. due to the change. The Indigenous communities will be consulted before changes are implemented and their values and cultural aspects are taken into consideration and will be preserved with any ecological change.
I want to start a movement to bring more awareness of the lack of autonomy and involvement the Indigenous peoples are given in decisions regarding their ecological communities. In particular, I want to advocate for a policy/law to be implemented in every province in BC first, and then slowly expand to countries where for every new project/change, a committee of Indigenous peoples or any other group affected in the change are created and are directly part of the conversation. This committee must give permission and agree before any changes can actually be passed. This would not only benefit the Indigenous communities by allowing Indigenous leadership to direct the change that is proposed, but also allow further consideration of environmental, cultural, and health-related consequences that may arise from the proposed change.
Also if changes that were allowed that impact the environment, the responsibility of those implementing those changes hold the responsibility of still maintaining the environment and making efforts to preserve or even compensate communities affected.
Hi Sara, I strongly agree with all your points. If you have further ideas on how you would like to start the movement to advocate for more awareness for Indigenous communities that are being neglected when environmental and ecological decisions are being made, please let me know. I am stumped on how I can advocate for these sorts of laws and policies and would like to help if you have any further ideas.