Take Root & Indigenous Lands

It is important to acknowledge that the Take Root Conference is held on lands to which Indigenous peoples have multiple claims, both as original occupants and as people who were forcibly resettled here through violent means. The Land Run of 1889 further fragmented Indigenous communities and confronted them with violence and theft from white settlers. These events were part of centuries of physical and cultural genocide, with harms that continue to affect Indigenous individuals and communities deeply to this day.

Given this history, we feel it is important to highlight the reproductive justice issues the Indigenous community faces: issues such as domestic violence, sexual health education, access to contraception, and the right to clean land, air, and water. We must stand with Indigenous activists and leaders in resisting these forms of injustice, even as we celebrate the resilience of their communities. Take Root strives to uplift and support the work of Indigenous activists while also providing a space for them to educate others on the issues affecting their communities.

Sarah Adams-Cornell, Alecia Onzahwah, Tosawi Saddler, and Ashley McCray after speaking on their panel, Life Givers: Indigenous Perspectives on Reproductive Rights, at Take Root 2015