UNPACKING COP27 with the NDN Collective COP27 Delegation

In this end of the year episode of In Our Power, NDN Collective Climate Justice Organizer Kailea Frederick sits down with Nicole Yanes and Janene Yazzie who were both members of NDN Collective’s COP27 delegation. Together they reflect on what it was like to travel to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt for the COP and also why it is so critical that Indigenous Peoples continue to participate in the UNFCCC Process. Give this a listen if you have ever wondered:

What the difference is between Indigneous Peoples and Local Communities
Why carbon markets and carbon capture technologies are dangerous for our communities and lands
What this whole Loss and Damage Fund is really about

This is an important episode that connects the dots between COP negotiations and impacts on our communities.


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On this episode, the NDN Collective Climate Justice team speaks with one of our NDN Collective Board Members, Camille Kalama, about the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, a military fuel storage facility in Hawaii, and this facility’s implications for climate and environmental justice. 

Camille is a kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiian) from O’ahu, Hawai’i. Camille also served as a staff attorney with the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation from 2006 until 2019 after clerking for one year at the Hawaii Supreme Court.

Show notes:

  • The Navy’s ‘Superfund Six
  • Demilitarization is Decolonization 
  • Links to follow our work here: 
  • Kaʻohewai is the coalition of Native Hawaiian organizations organized for the permanent shutdown of Red Hill Bulk Fuel Facility – @kaohewai (instagram, twitter) 
  • H.U.L.I. is Hawaii Unity and Liberation Institute which is the social justice/non-violent direct action training arm of Koʻihonua – @huli.nvda (instagram, facebook)


On this episode of In Our Power Kailea Frederick had the opportunity to share time with movement elder, Pennie Opal Plant. Pennie who has helped to set the foundation for this current iteration of the climate justice movement is a co-founder of Idle No More SF Bay, @Movement.Rights and a signatory of the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty. Pennie has worked for over 35 years to ensure that the sacred system of life continues in a manner that is safe, sustainable and healthy. Pennie is also a contributing author to Required Reading, where she penned an important essay titled “Magical Realism Will Not Save Us: Dispelling the Myth of Nature Based Solutions, Carbon Trading and Climate Capitalism”.


Building power is many things. It’s going to COP26 and disrupting the status quo, it’s advocating for policies that work for and benefit our people, it’s LANDBACK, it’s mutual aid during climate and social disasters. In this episode we hear from Indigenous and Black organizers about how they are building power for their communities in the face of the climate crisis.

This final episode of In Our Power for 2021 is a recording from a panel hosted by NDN Collective that occurred during COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland. The panel includes Eriel Deranger, of Indigenous Climate Action, Colette Pichon Battle of the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy, Lycia Maddocks of NDN Collective and moderated by Kailea Frederick.

After a confusing month after COP26 , with set backs on Build Back Better and disappointing outcomes from the Glasgow Climate Pact, may this episode provide clarity for how we continue to organize and build forward.


Last month, Kailea Frederick moderated a conversation with NDN Climate Justice’s Jade Begay, Slow Factory’s ( @theslowfactory ) Céline Semaan, and Project Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations’ Nicole Carty centered on Liberatory Solutions to the Climate Crisis. This conversation coincided with the release of the NDN Climate Justice team’s book Required Reading: Climate Justice, Adaptation and Investing in Indigenous Power. 

On this episode, the panelists dive into a discussion that honed in on unveiling our social movements’ relationship to power and justice, the need to create more space for experimentation and failure and what is at stake when considering our need to design for human survival.


On this episode Dr. Whyte breaks down what the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is, the key findings from last month’s “Code Red” report and reminds us that Indigenous people were the original climate scientists and climate justice leaders. Dr. Whyte provides a clear overview of what this report means for our communities and directs us to climate reports authored by Indigenous led organizations. 


Episode 2 of In Our Power features Kailea Frederick, from the NDN Collective Climate Justice team in conversation with Lena Jacobs and Margaret David, two of the co-founders of the Alaska Native Birthworkers Community. The Alaska Native Birthworkers are a group made up of volunteer Alaska Native reproductive justice advocates, organizing to reclaim Indigenous birth practices and support families from preconception through postpartum with culturally-matched care. As it so powerfully states on their website, this work is about creating, ‘sovereignty from the first breath.


On this first episode of “In Our Power” we sit down with Dr. PennElys Droz, NDN Foundation Program Officer, to help set the foundation for this podcast and discuss: “what does climate justice mean for NDN Collective”. PennElys also wrote NDN’s first position paper, titled, Mobilizing an Indigenous Green New Deal and we chat about what types of solutions are needed to build Indigenous power.


In this intro episode Jade and Kailea, hosts of ‘In Our Power’ will share the story of how this podcast came to be and what the journey of this podcast will look like. #NDNClimateJustice