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Oct 14-16, 2011

Bioneers Conference, San Rafael, CA

Oct. 15 4:30 - 6:00 pm Session Title: The New Face of Environmental Justice in Indian Country – What Environmental Justice Means in Indian Country 20 Years Later

Session Description: It has been 20 years since the First National People of Color Environmental Justice Summit, where the environmental justice movement was effectively born. While the center of the EJ movement has always been about addressing the fact that Indigenous and people of color communities are disproportionately affected by environmental injustice, today we are faced with added layers, new questions and new challenges. In the past 20 years, Indigenous communities have realized various successes stopping nuclear waste dumps, coal and water mining, and oil and gas development in places such as Ward Valley, California; Black Mesa, Arizona; and Passamaquoddy, Maine. But now we are faced with many new and complex questions: How do we transition our local economies that have been in place for over 50 years? How do we address and the ever increasing impacts of climate change? How do we make inroads into the emerging green economy? How can biotechnology help or hinder us? How dow ensure this work is in line with our traditional teachings and beliefs? In this session, Indigenous Peoples will share their experiences in navigating this new terrain and lift up key questions that we all must ask ourselves as we fight for a more sustainable world.

Presented by: Indigenous Environmental Network

Wahleah Johns, Dine from Black Mesa, AZ, Black Mesa Water Coalition. Will share the black mesa community's attempts to develop a large scale solar project on repatriated mining lands of Black Mesa.
Radley Davis, Pit River Nation, CA. Will share his community's attempts to stop a large scale wind project on their sacred site and explain the key questions that must be asked in development of renewable energy in Indian Country.
Debra Harry, Northern Paiute, Pyramid Lake, NV, Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism. Sharing her work representing Indigenous Peoples in international negotiations on biodiversity, biotechnology, and traditional knowledge.
Moderated by: Jihan Gearon, Energy and Climate Campaign Coordinator, Indigenous Environmental Network
Will also include video about Indigenous Peoples in the Amazon and their experiences with forest offset projects that are part of the carbon market.

Nov. 4-6, 2011

Women's Earth Alliance Advocacy Training Program, Oakland, CA

February 2012 TBD

WIPO IGC-20 Negotiations to focus on Genetic Resources, Geneva

April 23-27, 2012 23 - 27 April 2012 Delhi, India Second Meeting of the Open-Nagoya Protocol on ABS (ICNP-2)
April 2012 TBD WIPO IGC-20 Negotiations to focus on Traditional Knowledge, Geneva








Oct. 1, 2011

“Inter-Peoples Consent Practices and Free Prior Informed Consent (FPIC)” workshop by Debra Harry and Nicole Shabus, Simon Frasier University, Burnaby BC

Sept. 24, 2011

Kanien'kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa
Language and Cultural Center Indigenous Speakers Series, featuring Sharon Venne, Debra Harry, Steven Newcomb, and Kenneth Deer held at the Kahnawake Survival School, Kahnawake Mohawk Territory

July 18-22, 2011

WIPO IGC-19th Session, Geneva Switzerland







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