“The history is not your fault, but it is absolutely your responsibility.” In this episode, host Shayla Oulette Stonechild speaks with decolonial educator Nikki Sanchez, a Pipil/Maya and Irish/Scottish academic, who is also an Indigenous media maker and environmental educator.
Nikki holds a masters degree in Indigenous Governance and has completed her Ph.D. with a research focus on emerging visual media technology as it relates to Indigenous ontology; she has been the David Suzuki Foundation’s “Queen of Green” where her work centered on environmental journalism, social media and digital media creation to provide sustainable solutions for a healthy planet, as well as content creation to bring more racial and gender inclusivity into the environmental movement. Nikki led the 8-part documentary VICELAND series “RISE” focused on global Indigenous resurgence; she is a TEDx speaker; she has been a wilderness guide and environmental educator in the Nuu-chah-nulth territory of Clayoquot Sound for over 10 years; and she is the creator and director of “Decolonize Together” a collective of Indigenous women who offer decolonial and inclusivity workshops and curriculum creation. Nikki is a guest contributor for DavidSuzuki.Org, Loose Lips Magazine, ROAR Magazine and more.
Nikki believes that an equitable and just future depends on the courage we show today and in this conversation, she shares her advice for settlers who want to begin decolonization work; she talks about the meaning behind the concept of ‘matriarchy’ and she speaks of her lifelong pursuit to inspire a bright future for the next Indigenous generations.
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