Workshop: Pipelines and Indigenous Communities: Extractive Infrastructures and Water-Dependent Livelihoods
Duluth, MN March 18-20, 2022
Rapid development of pipeline infrastructures (pipelines, service roads, power lines, pumping stations, worker camps etc.) on Indigenous lands and near Indigenous communities are issues of growing concern among Indigenous Peoples around the world, including in the forests and wetlands of the Upper Midwest and the Arctic in particular. The multitude of emerging environmental and socio-cultural problems is especially complex at land/water edges where livelihoods, and all beings, depend upon clean and abundant water. Water-dependent Indigenous communities are engaging with corporations and states to assert their rights and express concerns in regard to these infrastructures with varying degrees of success. This gathering will bring together Indigenous citizens and environmental leaders, Water Protectors, artists, and researchers from the Arctic, Siberia, and Upper Midwest Great Lakes regions to share experiences, explore knowledge, and discuss resistance strategies concerned with pipeline development.
The gatherings and workshops will focus on pipeline infrastructure impacts to social-ecological systems and the community mechanisms used to defend Indigenous rights, livelihoods, and more-than-human relationships while maintaining resilience in the emergent political, economic and social realities of resource development. In particular, workshop participants will focus on Enbridge’s Line 3 & Line 5 pipelines, the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System, and pipeline networks traversing Indigenous territories across the Republic of Sakha, the Republic of Komi, and through Sakhalin, Russia. These discussions will share experiences and knowledge about community-extractive industry relationships around the world with the intention of increasing community connections across these territories while strengthening resistance efforts to protect Indigenous lands and waters.
*The organizers of this event recognize the impacts of ongoing colonization, particularly in the institutions of academia, and are committed to decolonizing the spheres of research and community relationship building. In respect of these principles and guiding ethics, this event is an Indigenous-led gathering.
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