Indigenous flotilla of kayaks and press conference demanding true climate solutions at COP21

Indigenous flotilla of kayaks and press conference demanding true climate solutions at COP21

Media advisory for: December 6, 2015

PARIS, FRANCE – During the COP21 climate talks in Paris, Indigenous Peoples from the Arctic to the Amazon and their allies will gather to demand real climate solutions, including bottom-up initiatives originating in Indigenous knowledge, culture, and spirituality. 

What: Sunday’s event will feature an all-indigenous flotilla of kayaks followed by a press conference featuring Indigenous leaders from the Americas offering solutions to stave off the worst of climate change and protect Mother Earth.

  • The launching of a declaration calling on world leaders to keep fossil fuels in the ground, led by Indigenous peoples and signed by over 150 organizations.
  • The signing announcement from Indigenous women leaders from North and South America of a treaty to protect Mother Earth.
  • Presentation of the Kawsak Sacha “Living Forest” proposal from the Amazon rainforest by the Kichwa Indigenous people of Sarayaku.
  • Indigenous flotilla on the Bassin de la Villette, including Sarayaku’s “Canoe of Life” which has traveled 6000 miles to Paris with a message from the Amazon. 

When: The flotilla action will start Sunday, December 6th at 2 pm local time, immediately followed by a press conference

Where: Péniche Antipode barge on the Bassin de la Villete Canal. 55 Quai de la Seine, 75019 (Closest metro station: Riquet on the 7 Line)

Who: The press conference will be led by Indigenous peoples organizations and movements including Indigenous Environmental Network; Idle No More, and the Kichwa community of Sarayaku from Ecuador.

Indigenous spokespeople speaking at the press conference:

  1. Felix Santi (Kichwa): President of the Kichwa community of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon, speaking about the Canoe of Life and the Living Forest concept;
  2. Faith Gemmill (Gwich’in & Pit River/Wintu): Executive Director of Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands, speaking on the Declaration to Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground;
  3. Casey Camp-Horinek (Ponca): Native rights activist, environmentalist and actress, speaking on the Indigenous Women’s Treaty; and
  4. Ena Santi (Kichwa): Sarayaku Council Member in charge of Women’s Issues, speaking on the Indigenous Women’s Treaty

Other spokespeople available for comment post-press conference:

  • Tom Goldtooth (Dine’ and Dakota): Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network
  • Leila Salazar-López: Executive Director of Amazon Watch
  • Erich Pica: Executive Director of Friends of the Earth
  • Esperanza Martínez: Director of Acción Ecológica
  • Lindsey Allen: Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network
  • May Boeve: Executive Director of
  • Mary Anne Hitt: Director of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign


  • Indigenous flotilla of several canoes and at least 25 kayaks adorned with Indigenous art work representing the different Indigenous cultures participating in the event;
  • Colorful banners and flags; and
  • Indigenous representatives wearing their traditional attire and regalia

For more information on the Declaration:


Dallas Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network, France: +33 75 1413 823, US: (708) 515-6158, [email protected]
Andrew Miller, Amazon Watch, (202) 423-4828, [email protected]
Kate Colwell, Friends of the Earth U.S., France: 06 18 72 99 13, [email protected]

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