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In a 2012 piece, Annie Banks speaks with Erin Kon­s­mo of the Native Youth Sex­u­al Health Net­work, an orga­ni­za­tion by and for Indige­nous youth that works with­in the full spec­trum of sex­u­al and repro­duc­tive health, rights, and jus­tice across the Unit­ed States and Cana­da. Often­times pol­lu­tion is thought of as impact­ing the land and the water but what about the impacts that pol­lu­tion, indus­try, con­t­a­m­i­nants and envi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion have on near­by com­mu­ni­ties and indi­vid­u­als and their sex­u­al and repro­duc­tive health? And why is this crit­i­cal for envi­ron­men­tal­ists to learn more about? What is envi­ron­men­tal vio­lence and how are com­mu­ni­ties defin­ing, respond­ing to and resist­ing envi­ron­men­tal violence?

Chris Chang-Yen Phillips spoke with Sier­ra Jamer­son dur­ing a live tap­ing at the St. John’s Insti­tute of Edmon­ton in 2013. Sier­ra Jamer­son was born into a fam­i­ly of tal­ent­ed lead­ers and gift­ed musi­cians, and she’s been per­form­ing pro­fes­sion­al­ly since the ten­der age of eleven, singing tra­di­tion­al Black Gospel, jazz, soul and R&B music. Part of that tal­ent­ed fam­i­ly of hers is in the Tahltan Nation in British Colum­bia. You might have heard of the Sacred Head­wa­ters in Tahltan ter­ri­to­ry. It’s the ori­gin point for three pow­er­ful rivers that run through British Colum­bia — the Stikine, the Skeena and the Nass. When the oil and gas indus­try tried to start min­ing in the area, Sierra’s fam­i­ly was at the fore­front of Tahltan resistance.