The weekend of March 24-26, 2017 was a historic one in the history of Indigenous sovereignty and land defense. It kicked-off on the Friday evening with an over-capacity crowd to hear land defenders from Lelu Island on the north-west coast to Standing Rock North Dakota.

Then over two days of intense and productive workshops and plenary sessions the framework for the network was hammered out. It will bring together land defenders and allies to share resources,  amplify our outreach and coordinate responses to industry and government.

Working groups met, made connections and developed plans for ongoing work in specific areas of skills and skill development. Experienced camp cook, medics, builders, researchers and others all pooling their knowledge and figuring out how to best share and grow the knowledge base in the movement so it can be mobilized where and when needed.

This is a major step forward in developing and solidifying the movement to protect Mother Earth and stop extreme extraction and exploitation of Indigenous lands.