Episode 39. What Can The Indigenous Relationship To The Land Teach Us In A Climate Emergency?

Christine has a conversation with Kaaren Dannenmann, an indigenous trapper, educator, and activist who lives in Treaty 3 territory in Northern Ontario. Their wide ranging conversation touches on the indigenous connection to the land and the animals and plants that we share the earth with, on “seven generations” thinking, the Medicine Wheel and Ceremony, the importance of the language we use, and reasons for hope in the midst of a planetary climate emergency.

Recurring segments include:

  • Good news stories
  • One action tip to for you to create change
  • A weekly sanity tip to keep you calm(er) in the face of climate overwhelm


Definition: Colonialism and Settler Colonialism

A settler is anyone not Indigenous who is living colonial situation. Therefore all non-Indigenous people living in what is today called the U.S. and Canada are settlers living on stolen land. “This means that settler colonialism is not just a vicious thing of the past, such as the gold rush, but exists as long as settlers are living on appropriated land and thus exists today.”  Source: UnsettlingAmerica.Wordpress.com


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GOOD NEWS: Kaaren mentioned that she has progress being made in Ontario on recognition of indigenous rights on their traditional territory by the provincial Ministry of Natural Resources. The negotiation of the Algonquin land claim is one example of this…read more about the Algonquin Land Claim, the largest land claim being negotiated in Ontario.

ACTION & SANITY TIP: Whose traditional territory do you live on? If your family moved to the area from another part of the country or world, make a connection to the land you are living on by researching whose traditional territory you are on. Consider the shift in world view that may be needed to view the land, animals, and plants around you as relations not resources.