[Encore Episode of For the Wild ]
In this episode of For The Wild, guest Corrina Gould reminds us that the land can sustain us in a way that would provide for our wellbeing should we choose to really re-examine what it is we need to survive. But more than a conversation on the wealth of the land, we explore responsibility and reciprocity on stolen homelands by asking what it means to be in right relationship? How can we foster integrity in conservation and land restoration work amidst a world that continues to peddle scarcity, greed, and extraction? How can folks contribute to the re-storying of the land, even if through small acts?
“When we are talking about stolen lands from people, we are not talking about a past—we are talking about currently stolen lands.”
Corrina Gould is the spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan/Ohlone. She was born and raised in Oakland, CA, the territory of Huichin. She is an activist that has worked on preserving and protecting the ancient burial sites of her ancestors in the Bay Area for decades. She is the Co-founder and a Lead Organizer for Indian People Organizing for Change, a small Native run grassroots organization and co-founder of the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust, an urban Indigenous women’s community organization working to return land to Indigenous stewardship in San Francisco’s East Bay.
This enriching conversation also explores Sogorea Te’ Land Trust as the first urban Indigenous women-led land trust in the country, what land reclamation looks like in urbanized areas, and how land taxes can both begin to foster relationships on stolen lands, while also meaningfully supporting tribes in places like California that remain unrecognized by the federal government. Our conversation closes with a vision for land restoration and reclamation that does not disrupt the healing, sanctity, and rhythm of life after so many years of colonial violence