Resilient communities include
ALL voices
Native tribes are taking the lead - here on Cape Cod and across the nation

“Our Mother Earth feeds us in every way.
She can restore us to our natural state of being when we find ourselves disconnected from
what we think of as real.” 

--Ramona Peters, Founder

The Native Land Conservancy is a a Native-run land conservation group with a mission to preserve healthy landscapes for all living things and help restore land back to its original state wherever possible. It draws upon collective traditional cultural knowledge as indigenous people with generations of direct experience in the woodlands, coastlines, and waterways of New England. It also aims to highlight the importance of getting indigenous voices into broader conversations about climate change.

"We know the water. We’re a fishing tribe,” said Leslie Jonas, vice-chair of the Native Land Conservancy. “And we’re some of the most vulnerable to losing our homes to the onslaught of climate change.”

“This Cape Cod land and seascape is in our DNA,” she said. “The power of this place is our identity as indigenous people. It’s our connection to our history and our ancestors. It’s our connection to one another. Warming and rising seas will force change not only for indigenous communities but for everyone on the Cape & Islands."

Beyond Cape Cod, native communities across North America are stepping up to adopt climate action plans to protect their way of life. Check out this story published on the Yale e360 site. With their deep ties to the land and reliance on fishing, hunting, and gathering, indigenous tribes are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

Act Now Watch this moving video about the Cultural Respect Agreement formed between the Wampanoag tribe and the town of Dennis.