Bioneers 2024 Conference

Indigenous Forum – From the Bottom Up: How Indigenous Action is Affecting Climate Change

The UN Conference of the Parties (COP) 28th gathering on Climate Change wrapped up in December of 2023. Indigenous Peoples presence has increased every year, and we have become the second largest civil society delegation at COP, second only to oil & gas lobbyists. Indigenous Peoples have played a critical role in these spaces for decades, utilizing the deep-rooted knowledge our communities hold concerning the effects of climate change and the connections to our intimate relationships with land and water. Our beliefs tell us how to keep systems in balance, contrary to the ideologies of capitalism that have spread across the globe. We know climate change is driving extreme weather and the 6th mass extinction on Earth, yet governing bodies are still not doing enough to mitigate greenhouse gasses.  Promises are starting to be made with attention to the recommendations of Indigenous Peoples, our knowledge systems, and our rights, but they continue to be negated by policies that subsidize the carbon-based economy. Indigenous Peoples require more than just political action but recognition of our sovereign inherent and internationally affirmed rights to turn this crisis around. Join us to learn how Indigenous climate activists impact national and international negotiations and policies to address climate change and what you can do to support the movement. Moderated by Eriel Deranger, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Indigenous Climate Action.  With Jayce Chiblow, Director of Education and Programming with Indigenous Climate Action; Mak’wala Rande Cook, Ma’amtagila hereditary chief and founding Director of the Awi’nakola Foundation.

Berkeley Ballroom, Residence Inn


March 29th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm


Eriel Tchekwie Deranger
Indigenous Climate Action
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Jayce Chiblow
Director of Education and Programming
Indigenous Climate Action
Rande Cook
Founding Director
Awi’nakola Foundation