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Friday, October 21 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Indigenous Rising: Solutions to the Climate Crisis | Indigenous Forum

Visionary frontline Indigenous leaders will survey Indigenous solutions to climate change. They’ll highlight the need for broader understanding of the benefits of protecting Indigenous rights within our collective human rights as they apply to resource extraction, and the protection of aboriginal rights and Mother Earth. Hosted by Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Program Director, Indigenous Knowledge, Bioneers. With: Eriel Deranger (Chipweyan First Nations); Tom Goldtooth (Dakota/Diné); Dallas Goldooth (Dakota/Diné); Clayton Thomas-Muller (Colomb Cree First Nation); Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Cree First Nation); Tara Houska (Anishinaabe-Couchiching First Nation) and Kandi Mossett (Mandan Hidatsa Arikara).

Workshop Speakers
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Eriel Deranger

Eriel Tchekwie Deranger, a Dene Indigenous activist, member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) of Alberta, Canada, is the ACFN's Communications Coordinator, whose work is focused on resisting the devastation of the Alberta Tar Sands and fighting for her people's rights. Eriel has also worked extensively on international Indigenous rights issues, and she currently serves on Bioneers' Board of Directors.
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Dallas Goldtooth

Dallas Goldtooth, of Dakota and Dine ancestry, is the national “Keep It In The Ground” Campaign Organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network, a co-founder of the 1491s comedy group, and a digital media producer. A nationally known public speaker, activist, performer, and event MC, Dallas has traveled widely across Turtle Island (aka North America) sharing stories, entertainment and knowledge.
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Tom Goldtooth

Tom B.K. Goldtooth, Executive Director of the Minnesota-headquartered Indigenous Environmental Network, is a social change activist for over 35 years, become internationally recognized as an environmental and climate justice leader, working with many Indigenous Peoples and organizations around the world. Tom has launched a campaign advocating for Indigenous communities to reclaim their future, build power for just transition and applying... Read More →
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Tara Houska

Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation) is the National Campaigns Director of Honor the Earth, a tribal attorney, an advisor to the Bernie Sanders campaign, and a co-founder of Not Your Mascots. She is involved in advocacy on a broad spectrum of issues facing indigenous communities, with a focus on environmental justice, traditional knowledge, protection of sacred sites, and institutional racism.
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Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Cree from Alberta, Canada) has worked on social, environmental and climate justice issues for 15 years in Brazil, Australia, Mexico, and Canada focusing on resource extraction, media literacy and Indigenous rights. For the last 9 years Melina has worked against tar sands expansion as a Climate & Energy campaigner with Greenpeace and the Indigenous Environmental Network, and also serves as a board member for... Read More →
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Kandi Mossett

Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara) a leading activist focused on climate change and environmental injustice impacts on Indigenous communities in North America, is the Lead Organizer of the IEN's (Indigenous Environmental Network) Extreme Energy & Just Transition Campaign, currently focused on stopping "fracking" on tribal lands. She is also engaged in international advocacy work, including at UN Forums and in lobbying/testifying at... Read More →
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Cara Romero

Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Program Director of the Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program, previously served her Mojave-based tribe in several capacities, including as: first Executive Director at the Chemehuevi Cultural Center, a member of the tribal council, and Chair of the Chemehuevi Education Board and Chemeuevi Headstart Policy Council. Cara is also a highly accomplished photographer/artist.
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Clayton Thomas-Muller

Clayton Thomas-Muller, a member of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, is a Winnipeg-based Indigenous rights activist, the Indigenous Extreme Energy Campaigner with 350.org and an organizer for Defenders of the Land and Idle No More. He has campaigned across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 in hundreds of Indigenous communities to organize against the encroachments of the fossil fuel industry and the banks that finance them.

Friday October 21, 2016 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Indigenous Forum