Native Americans in Philanthropy Summit – Chicago, IL
NDN Collective President and CEO Nick Tilsen, Director of Advancement Michael Johnson, and Advancement Coordinator Billie White attended the Native Americans in Philanthropy 30th Anniversary Summit and Celebration in Chicago. NDN Collective board members Edgar Villanueva, Crystal Echo Hawk and Judith LeBlanc were also in attendance, along with Indigenous friends and allies who have dedicated their lives to creating change for our Indigenous communities.
“The event was a great celebration of Indigeneity, power and how far we have come over the last 30 years,” said Michael Johnson, NDN Collective Director of Advancement. “But it was also a daunting reminder of how much work lies before us and the next generations of Indigenous advocates to achieve parity, equity and justice for all people and the planet.”
NDN Collective President and CEO Nick Tilsen and NDN Board President Judith Leblanc presented on the Resistance and Resilience panel, and NDN Collective friend and partner Andre Perez of the Hawai’i Unity and Liberation Institute (HULI) gave an update on the effort to stop the Thirty Meter Telescope from breaking ground on Mauna Kea.
“We here at NDN are honored and energized by the amazing work of Indigenous people across the country,” said Johnson. “We are proud to be part of a movement dedicated to stewarding, growing and sustaining Indigenous power.”
Our Village Flash Talks and Reception- New York, New York
During the UN Climate Week, NDN Collective’s Creative Director Jade Begay spoke at the Ford Foundation for the Our Village Flash Talks and Reception event, hosted and organized by the Hip Hop Caucus and If Not Us Then Who.
Jade joined nine Indigenous leaders, frontline activists, and organizers within philanthropy on stage to lift up community-based solutions that respond to the climate crisis. Each speaker spoke to one of five demands presented by Our Village. These demands are meant to ensure that Indigenous and frontline communities have agency and sovereignty in determining how they respond, adapt, and protect their communities from climate change.
The five demands include:
I. Ending Violence and Criminalization
II. Ownership and Recognition
III. Consent and Community driven decision making
IV. Respect Ancestral Knowledge and Cultural Leadership
V. Direct Funding and Finance
In alignment with NDN Collective’s mission and vision, Jade spoke to the 5th demand, Direct Funding and Finance. Here is an excerpt from her spark talk:
“NDN Collective is dedicated to building Indigenous power through systemic change in philanthropy and investment. The truth of the matter is that .3% of philanthropy goes to Indigenous Communities in North America…Now is the time to change the game in philanthropy and bring funds directly to the front lines. Because we know that the people closest to the problem, closest to the pain, have the best knowledge, context, and solutions for their own communities.”
Learn more about the event and the 5 demands here: https://ourvillage.us/five-demands/