You’re already on stolen land. You might as well pay rent.

Photo by Neal E. Johnson on Unsplash

First, ask yourself this question every day:

Whose land am I living on? If you don’t know the answer, you can look it up using this map. Instead of labeling by country or official government, the map shows Indigenous nations and their relative territories around the world. It’s not a perfect way to think about Indigenous nationhood, but it’s definitely a start.

The second question to ask yourself:

What do I own on this land? Or more directly: How have I benefited from this land? Maybe you have a house, a job, a car, a family. Maybe you earned a degree here. Maybe you have enough food in your cabinet. Maybe you’re able to rest from work. Maybe you have savings.

And the third:

What people have lost from what I have gained?

Yep. All built on stolen land. Photo by Zhifei Zhou on Unsplash

Keep this in mind: this is all really about redistributing settler capital so that Indigenous folks can acquire the means to be sovereign.

Donate to organizations that directly support Indigenous people, like the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center or the American Indian College Fund. Remember that staying local is the best way that individuals can most directly support the communities that also inhabit this land. Spread wealth to your Indigenous neighbors. Pay attention to GoFundMe or Twitter fundraisers and donate or just share when you see someone in need. Tend to community gardens so that food insecure folks have something to eat.

You guessed it: this is all stolen too. Photo by Joey Csunyo on Unsplash

--

--

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store