Smudging in Sharm El-Sheikh: Experiences of Indigenous Peoples at COP 27
Join Drs. Angele Alook and Graeme Reed as they discuss their experiences attending the twenty seventh session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 27) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. COP 27, heralded as an implementation COP, saw the greatest number of Indigenous Peoples representatives since the signing of the Paris Agreement in 2015. Despite the growing representation, decision texts referring to Indigenous Peoples declined compared to COP 26 in Glasgow. Professor Alook and Dr. Reed will unpack this reality, describing more about participating in the Indigenous Peoples caucus, key negotiation and political outcomes for Indigenous Peoples, and outlining some of the tensions of showing up as Indigenous in a non-Indigenous, colonial process. The presentation will end with some updates on their research focusing on uplifting Indigenous self-determined climate leadership.