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Akwesasronon takes active role in Global Climate Strike


Colin Benedict, Akwesasne resident attending Cornell University takes an acting role in the Global Climate Strike held in Ithaca on Friday, September 20, 2019.

Amidst chants of "system change, not climate change!" and "no more coal!", hundreds of Cornell students and faculty members marched to the Commons on Friday. The march, one of over 4,000 protests occurring this week for the Global Climate Strike, called for divestment from fossil fuels and a federal Green New Deal, among other reforms.

The protest on Ho Plaza began with Colin Benedict, a member of the Mohawk nation from the Akwesasne territory, who recited the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address.

"Indigenous sovereignty and climate change are inherently linked with each other. We [indigenous people] have been living on this continent sustainably since time immemorial," Benedict said. Organizers continued to stress the importance of climate justice and respect for native lands over the course of the event.

Following the Haudenosaunee Address student leaders from CJC and Cornell ECO, taught a crowd of hundreds their "climate strike song" and distributed chant sheets.


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