Join KAIROS’ MERE Hub from February to June 2021 for a monthly virtual film club on the gendered impacts of resource extraction.
The COVID-19 pandemic has confirmed the devastating impacts of large-scale resource extraction on human rights and the environment. Many state governments have deemed the extractive sector an essential service, endangering the health and safety of workers as well as that of communities living near megaprojects. Corporations have been heavily lobbying governments to deregulate the sector or enact legislation to criminalize grassroots mobilizations against extractivism. Meanwhile, land and water defenders continue to be harassed, targeted, and attacked for their efforts to protect Mother Earth.
The Women Resisting Extractivism Film Club will highlight the leadership of women land and water defenders and attempt to create a generative online space for participants to come together, learn, and build community. Each of the sessions will be planned, led, and facilitated by a land defender or ally.
February's Film: "As Long as the Waters Flow"
Date: February 16 at 7:00 pm EST (on Zoom)
Hosted by Connor Sarazin, a member of the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation and KAIROS KBE Communications and Partnerships Coordinator.
Connor has worked with First Nation Chiefs, council, staff and Tribal Councils to assist with building capacity, employment and training within their respective communities. Connor is formally trained in Graphic Communications and is also known for his passion as an Algonquin/Mohawk artist that has led to several art shows across Ontario. Another passion Connor holds close to his heart is his continuation to reclaim his culture to honour the sacrifices his ancestors made.
Mother Earth and Resource Extraction: Women Defending Land and Water (MERE Hub) is a digital platform on the gendered impacts of resource extraction, created for and in consultation with women land defenders from across the globe who are mobilizing around large-scale resource extraction. It builds on KAIROS' work with partners on these issues. A number of videos, including the introductory video, the Gendered Side of Corporate Accountability can be found on the site.