Climate and the City: Restorative Justice and Indigenous Urban Environmental Restoration


Long before European colonization, the region that is now Chicago was home to several Native tribes. Although marginalized by centuries of conquest, these communities are still here, working to preserve, protect, and share a heritage that can offer pathways through the current crisis. Our third session of Climate and the City will be hosted by Xavier Colon and Samantha Arechiga, activists and organizers with North Lawndale’s Indigenous cultural center and garden Semillas y Raices. Their presentation will explore their holistic approach to societal change and communal resilience, which includes restorative justice practice, Indigenous urban environmental restoration through urban agriculture and education, BIPOC youth and trauma responses to climate change, and Indigenous futurism.


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