Center for Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, March 29, 2019

Contact: Kierán Suckling, (520) 275-5960,

Environmental, Indigenous Activist Joins Center for Biological Diversity Board

TUCSON, Ariz.— Sarain Fox, an environmental and indigenous activist, filmmaker and member of the Anishinaabe Nation, has joined the board of directors of the Center for Biological Diversity. She is the host of Viceland’s “Rise” series and co-host of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s “Future History.” She has joined indigenous environmental campaigns in Canada and the United States, including the battles against the Keystone XL and Bayou Bridge pipelines.

“Sarain is a fierce and fearless voice for protecting the lives and dignity of indigenous people, and we’re proud to have her on our board,” said Kierán Suckling, the Center’s executive director. “Sarain’s leadership will be an important guiding force as we work to save wildlife and protect our land and water. If we’re going to truly have justice for all, we have to link arms and fight alongside those on the front lines of today’s most pressing environmental crises.”

Fox grew up in an Anishinaabe community, studied in the United States, and currently lives on a farm outside Toronto, Ont.

In “Rise,” she travels to indigenous communities across the Americas to tell the story of people protecting their homelands and rising up against colonization. Episodes have featured Oak Flat, Standing Rock, Hawaiian sovereignty, urban reservations, native hip hop and tribal water issues.

As a dancer and choreographer, Fox performs around the world. Her recent work in Canada focuses on empowering indigenous youth through dance and performance.

“It is with great gratitude and humility that I join the Center’s board. I fully support the work they have been in engaged in for well over two decades,” Fox said. “I believe that joining forces with organizations like Center, who are willing to use all the available tools, like science, indigenous knowledge and frontline activism as well as all the heart needed to fight the good fight, is the only way we can protect and ensure a future for all. I look forward to supporting the powerful work the Center will do in the future and hope to continue to build bridges between grassroots environmental movements and indigenous peoples worldwide. Che-Megwiitch. Thank you.”

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.4 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

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