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‘National Tribal and Indigenous Climate Conference’ goes virtual

The first biennial “National Tribal and Indigenous Climate Conference” (NTICC) will delve into climate change issues facing the world.

Originally scheduled as an in-person event, the NTICC will be held online from Sept. 14-17.

The conference will be hosted by the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals along with support from the Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Resilience Program.

The NTICC is open to all U.S. Tribal Nations and Indigenous People from around the world, with an emphasis on elders and youth.

The conference will include experts on climate change and balance traditional Indigenous knowledge with western science. Participants will have the opportunity to share information and support each other during the conference.

Conference topics will include climate impacts, assessments, adaptation, mitigation, implementation and solutions.

Keynote speaker, Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi band of Ashinaabeg, lives and works on the White Earth Indian Reservation in Minnesota.

Winona LaDuke is the keynote speaker. (Courtesy image)

In 1989 she founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project, whose mission is to facilitate the recovery of the reservation while preserving and restoring traditional practices of sound land stewardship, language fluency, community development and strengthening of spiritual and cultural heritage.

Fifteen other experts from around the world will speak during the conference including Xiutezcatl Martinez, Earth Guardians, Colorado; Princess Daazhrai Johnson, Neets’aaii Gwich’in, Alaska; Nicki Douglas, Te Awara Lakes Trust, New Zealand; Dr. Donald Warne, University of North Dakota; Mike Durglo Jr., Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes, Montana; Melanie Goodchild, Turtle Island Institute, Canada; Nanieezh Peter, Diné /Neets’aaii Gwich’in, Alaska; Dr. Kyle Powys Whyte, University of Michigan; Janene Yazzie, International Indian Treaty Council, New Mexico; Dr. Gary Morishima, Quinault Indian Nation Washington; Ella Ruth Ahrens, Diné/German/ Bohemian Arizona; Shasta Gaughen, Pala Band of Mission Indians, California; Ken Norton, Hoopa Valley Tribe, California; Mali Ole Kaunga, IMPACT Trust, Kenya; and Dr. Lun Yin, Kunming, Yunnan, China.

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