REDOIL is a movement of Alaska Natives of the Inupiat, Yupik, Aleut, Tlingit, Eyak, Gwich’in and Denaiana Athabascan Tribes who came together in June 2002 in Cordova, Alaska to form a powerful entity to challenge the fossil fuel and mining industries and demand our rights to a safe and healthy environment conducive to subsistence. REDOIL aims to address the human and ecological health impacts brought on by unsustainable development practices of the fossil fuel and mineral industries, and the ensuing effect of catastrophic climate change. We strongly support the self-determination right of tribes in Alaska, as well as a just transition from fossil fuel and mineral development to sustainable economies and sustainable development.
In June 2002, a group of Alaska Natives came together in Cordova to share knowledge experience and strategies for addressing the detrimental impacts of oil and gas development in Alaska. A statement of principles have been agreed upon by the participants of that gathering who have formed a new network, REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction of Indigenous Lands)
STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES
We adhere to the inherent right to self-determination for all Indigenous Peoples
We reject the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act as an illegitimate infringement on our right to sovereignty and self-determination
We are committed to a moratorium on all new exploration for oil, gas and coal as a first step towards the full phase-out of fossil fuels with a just transition to sustainable jobs, energy and environment. We take this position based on our concern over the disproportionate social, cultural, spiritual, environmental and climate impacts on Indigenous Peoples, particularly in Alaska
We are committed to creating sustainable economic solutions for our communities
We are committed to upholding and promoting the integrity of our traditional cultures and values
We are committed to an intergenerational approach, which honors the wisdom and guidance of our elders and that values the role of our youth
We are committed to standing in solidarity with the members of this network and their struggles for self-determination and a sustainable future for the seventh generation to come
All direction for the network will come from the Indigenous members from impacted communities. Non-Indigenous supporters will be included at the prerogative of the decision-making members
New members will be added to the network by consensus of the group based on adherence to our principles
We welcome individuals and legitimate, empowered representatives of communities and organizations that accept and adhere to the principles
REDOIL is honored to share, reach out and network with Indigenous peoples who want to defend their inherent way of life. We believe that REDOIL has the potential to bring these critical issues to a head and address them with honor, science, and spirituality and help build an alliance where our collective voice will be louder than broken promises.