Rooted in Justice & Regeneration
for the Land & People
NOT YOUR USUAL FREELANCERS
Our work is needs-based and evolves with the needs of the communities we work alongside.
We support, collaborate with and connect local and transnational initiatives for land, sovereignty and liberation led by Indigenous, Black, POC, migrant & refugee communities from an intersectional framework, taking into account the layered impacts of race, sexuality, gender identity, class, ability, nationality, age and language on equity.
Through community organizing, mobilizing, public workshops, organizational capacity building and restructuring, we work to:
1) Decenter colonialism and capitalism through engaging individuals, communities & organizations in critical analysis of how these systems show up in our behaviors and spaces.
2) Grow the capacity of communities for direct action as a means of sovereignty & liberation.
3) Co-Create and support spaces for the regenerative practices of BIPOC communities.
4) Transform organizations & institutions to center nurturance, equity, diversity and transformative approaches to responding to harm within all of their operations & work.
5) Unlearn colonial behaviors and frameworks by engaging settlers in doing the work of reconnecting with pre-colonial identities, undoing patterns of settler harm and building positive relationships with BIPOC communities that are based on consent, accountability, trust, respect, solidarity, and love.
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Natali Euale Montilla (Rosa Amarilla) (She/Her), is a Venezuelan immigrant to Turtle Island, currently residing in what is now known as Canada. She is of mixed ancestry from Cuicas territory in the Andes of Venezuela and from the Mediterranean. Her organizing and work is centered on exposing and dismantling all levels of oppression and violence towards Black and Indigenous folks and People of Color (BIPOC).
Natali is a long term organizer primarily involved in anti-extractivism/anti-capitalist struggles, Indigenous-led land defense movements and migrant justice. She has worked alongside the Shut Down Berks Coalition for migrant justice; has been employed by OPIRG Guelph (a non-for-profit centered on activism and research specific to social and environmental justice) for the past three years; is professionally trained in anthropology (MA), specifically in the context of anti-colonial methodologies and community-led research); is an experienced anti-oppression facilitator, a budding herbalist in Latinx-Indigenous healing traditions and published writer.
Published Work: "Doctors and Professors Aren't the Professor of the Land": Reflections on the Interconnected Environment with Splatsin Elder Nuxnuxskaca Cts'e7i7elt
Thesis: "The Mountains are Healing": Engaging with Splatsin Knowledges of Wellbeing, Dispossession and Land-based Healing
Turtle Island: so-called "Canada", "United States of America" and "México"
BIPOC: Black, Indigenous, People of Colour.
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Ben Reid-Howells (Beinn Raoite) (He/Him) is a community organizer who believes that globally connected, locally-led direct action is a powerful means of healing and regenerating, people and planet. Ben is a first-generation settler in Turtle Island and son of Scottish/English immigrants. He actively works to unlearn colonial thinking/behaviours and reconnect with the pre-colonial practices of his ancestors. His efforts are directed towards solidarity work that centers regenerative Indigenous movements across borders and direct action led by defenders of land, language, rights and justice, that heals and regenerates our relationship to land and all beings. Ben strives to connect communities and initiatives across Turtle Island and beyond to co-create resilient, shared futures.
For the past 6 years he has been carrying out such projects alongside communities in the Americas, South Asia, Central Asia, the Mediterranean, Western Europe and the UK, strengthening efforts of local communities and connecting these grassroots networks across borders. He is also the co-director of the Centre of Resilience, in Arrah, Bihar, in the North-East of India and co-founder of the Vasudhaiva Ride project series from India to Scotland.
His work with communities on Turtle Island and overseas is a central part his own process of liberation and flourishing.
See more at: www.benreidhowells.com