Community land trusts build power through collective land stewardship. Instead of enriching few, community land trusts restructure land as an asset for community-wealth building.
However, on Turtle Island (also known as North America), the land in question has been stolen from Indigenous peoples, who previously stewarded it since time immemorial.
To date, Indigenous rights and sovereignty have not been fulsomely addressed by the community land trust sector. Challenging conversations and actionable commitments to reconciliation and decolonization are long overdue.
As the community land trust sector enters a new stage of growth, we encourage non-Indigenous community land trusts to learn and take creative action to support Indigenous sovereignty.