TRADITIONAL ECOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE WORKSHOP
Reclaiming Indigenous Worldviews: Implementing the Rights of Nature in the Bay Area & Beyond
Thursday, October 19th, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.- 4:15 p.m. PT
Cost: $195, discounts for students and educators, $5 Parking
Join Indigenous culture bearers to explore ways that First Peoples’ worldviews can be adopted into law to protect natural systems for all peoples. Co-hosted by California Indian knowledge bearers, this one-day workshop offers a rare opportunity to learn about how Indigenous worldviews connect people to place. Engage in intimate discussion, cultural arts and hands-on activities. Hosts and special guests will share how Rights of Nature legal frameworks can be adopted in urban and rural ancestral territories, empowering participants with the know-how to organize for the “Rights of Nature” in their communities.
|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 of his tribal organisation, Hokotehi Moriori Trust. Maui has for 34 years been a leader in revitalizing the culture and identity of the Moriori peoples of Rekohu/Chatham Islands (once described as “extinct”).|
|Sage LaPena, a Certified Clinical Herbalist and teacher specializing in both traditional Native American and Western herbal traditions, has worked with local medicine people from her tribe, California’s Northern Wintu, and neighboring tribes (Maidu, Miwok, Pomo and Karuk) since childhood. Lead herbalist at Mountain Thistle Botanicals and Consultation, Sage is also a consultant to several central California tribes and Native museums concerning TEK, ethno-botany, regalia making and holistic healthcare.|
|Vincent Medina (Chochenyo Ohlone) serves on the board of directors of Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, a statewide organization that works to strengthen and foster California Indian languages, as well as on the steering committee of Slow Foods Turtle Island, an international organization working to protect traditional foods for Indigenous people across North America.|
|Dean Hoaglin, Cultural Specialist, Graton Rancheria, a descendant of the Hukuiko band of Coast Miwoks of Marin County and the Big Valley Band of Pomos of Lake County on his maternal side, and Round Valley, Mendocino Wailakis and Yukis on his paternal side, was trained in traditional teachings and practices from his family and extended family elders from a young age.|
|Edward Willie, a true native of California (of Pomo, Wintu, Paiute, and Wailaki ancestry), is a native ecologist with 40 years’ experience teaching Traditional Ecological Knowledge, herbalism, permaculture, and ancient skills to people of all ages. Also an artist (drawing, painting, and sculpture), he has in recent years been a core organizer of the annual Buckeye Gathering, a gathering in support of ancestral arts.|
|Thomas Linzey, award-winning Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, which has provided free legal services to 500+ local governments and organizations, co-founded the Daniel Pennock Democracy School, which has graduated 6,000+ lawyers, activists, and municipal officials, and is the author of Be The Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community. He is a leading figure in the movements to limit corporate rights and enshrine the “rights of nature” in jurisprudence.|
|Mari Margil, Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, leads the organization’s global Rights of Nature work. In 2008, she assisted Ecuador’s Constituent Assembly to draft Rights of Nature constitutional provisions, and works today in Nepal, India, Colombia, Cameroon, and other countries to advance the Rights of Nature. She has been a contributing author for several books including The Public Health or the Bottom Line and Exploring Wild Law: The Philosophy of Earth Jurisprudence.|
Thursday, October 19th, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.- 4:15 p.m. PT, Shuttle from Embassy Suites at 8:15 a.m.
Cost: $195, discounts for students and educators, $5 Parking.
Location: McNears Beach Park, San Rafael, California. PLEASE NOTE: This is an offsite event, optional transportation from conference venue is provided. Please indicate if transportation is needed when registering.
Included: Light breakfast and traditional Native harvest lunch by Chef Crystal Wahpepah, CEO Wapehpah Kitchens.
Shuttle leaves Embassy Suites @ 8:15 a.m.