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Friday, October 20 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Rights of Nature: Codifying Indigenous Worldviews into Law to Protect Biodiversity | Indigenous Forum
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In deep contrast to the “human vs. nature” dichotomy underpinning much Western thought, Indigenous Peoples share a worldview that humans are a part of nature’s interconnected systems. It’s not surprising that Indigenous Peoples are at the forefront of a growing movement to acknowledge the legal “Rights of Nature.” World-renowned Indigenous environmental leaders share their approaches to this game-changing strategy for protecting Mother Earth and Indigenous rights. Hosted by Kandi Mossett, (Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara), Native Energy and Climate Change Organizer, Indigenous Environmental Network. With: Maui Solomon (Moriori), attorney, Chairman and CEO, Hokotehi Moriori Trust; Kealoha (Hawaiian), Hawaii’s Poet Laureate; Tony Skrelunas (Diné), Native America Program Director, Grand Canyon Trust; Tom Goldtooth (Diné/Dakota), Executive Director, Indigenous Environmental Network; Leila Salazar-Lopez (Chicana/Aztec), Executive Director, Amazon Watch.

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Kandi Mossett

Indigenous Environmental Network
Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara), the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)’s Lead Organizer on its Extreme Energy and Just Transition Campaign, has emerged as a leading voice in the fight to bring visibility to the impacts climate change and environmental injustice have... Read More →

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Tom Goldtooth

Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Minnesota-headquartered Indigenous Environmental Network, a social change activist for 36+ years, globally recognized as an environmental and climate justice leader, works with Indigenous communities around the world to help them defend... Read More →
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Kealoha, the first Poet Laureate of Hawai`i, is an internationally acclaimed poet and storyteller who has performed throughout the world from the White House to the `Iolani Palace, from Brazil to Switzerland. He was honored as a “National Poetry Slam Legend” in 2010 and serves... Read More →
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Leila Salazar-Lopez

Leila Salazar-López is Executive Director of Amazon Watch, which stands with indigenous people in defense of the Amazon rainforest and Mother Earth. For 20+ years, she has been a passionate community, corporate accountability and international solidarity activist working with organizations... Read More →
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Tony Skrelunas

Tony Skrelunas, MBA, (Dine), Managing Director of Native America Programs at Grand Canyon Trust, working with tribal communities to create culturally compatible economies, also manages the Colorado Plateau Inter Tribal Gatherings, which works to ensure preservation of tribal agricultural... Read More →
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Maui Solomon

Maui Solomon (Moriori, Kai Tahu and Pakeha), an Indigenous Rights lawyer specialising in cultural and intellectual property with 30+ years’ legal experience locally and internationally, is a Past-President of the International Society of Ethnobiology and current Executive Chair... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 2:45pm - 4:15pm PDT
Indigenous Forum