Theme: Indigeneity

Saturday, December 5th

December 5th | 10:34 am to 10:39 am

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Keynote


Ilarion (Kuuyux) Merculieff
Founder and President
Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways

The vast biodiversity of our planet is the underlying fabric supporting all life on Earth, but the prognosis is grim: biodiversity rates are continuing to plummet as extinctions of species accelerate. Fortunately, the evidence suggests that there are in fact viable pathways for successful action at a global scale, but only if we mobilize and act decisively and rapidly. In this session, we will learn how we can protect and restore 50% of global landscapes while staying below 1.5°C temperature rise in the next few decades. Projects such as the newly launched Global Safety Net provide a roadmap: a bioregional approach combining world-class science, a clear focus on Indigenous rights and stewardship, support for grassroots action, and a vision for transformative philanthropy. Hosted by Justin Winters, Co-Founder and Executive Director of One Earth, with: Carly Vynne, Strategic Partner at RESOLVE; Oscar Soria, Campaign Director at AVAAZ; Karl Burkart, Managing Director of One Earth; Angela Amanakwa Kaxuyana, part of the senior leadership of the Brazilian Coordination of Indigenous peoples in the Amazon (COIAB).

December 5th | 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm

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Panelists


Justin Winters
Co-Founder and Executive Director
One Earth
Carly Vynne
Strategic Partner
RESOLVE
Oscar Soria
Campaign Director
Avaaz
Karl Burkart
Managing Director
One Earth
Angela Amanakwa Kaxuyana

Brazilian Coordination of Indigenous peoples in the Amazon (COIAB)

The regulatory landscape and social attitudes surrounding visionary plants and psychedelic compounds are in rapid and dramatic flux. A great deal of new scientific research has been revealing exciting potential medical uses for these substances, while dynamic, ever growing subcultures explore their use. But with this explosion in new interest come challenges. Will profit-focused investors seek to corner the legal use of psychedelics and monopolize the resulting profits, further marginalizing the Indigenous cultures who discovered these plants millennia ago and developed powerful healing methodologies with them? Will the underground subcultures that explored their use starting in the mid 20th Century also be thrown under the bus by people in suits? Does this marketing and medicalization risk the “de-souling” of the use of sacred substances? Three longtime leading experts on sacred plant use will wrestle with these and other questions. With: Paul Stamets, one of the world’s leading mycologists and the foremost expert on psilocybin mushrooms; Katsi Cook, a groundbreaking figure in the revitalization of Indigenous midwifery and a longtime participant in peyote ceremonies; Françoise Bourzat, a leading expert on psychedelics as healing agents who did 35+ years’ field work with the Mazatec in Mexico. Moderated by J.P. Harpignies, Bioneers Senior Producer.

December 5th | 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm

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Panelists


Paul Stamets
Mycologist and Author
Katsi Cook
Director
The Spirit Aligned Leadership Program
Francoise Bourzat
Professor
California Institute of Integral Studies
J.P. Harpignies
Senior Producer
Bioneers

Full session descriptions are available here: https://conference.bioneers.org/council-session/

Sessions and Facilitators:

Indigenous: Jeannette Armstrong, Marlowe Sam, Paloma Flores

BIPOC and Mixed Race: Brendan Clarke, Luis Rodriguez, Ladybird Morgan

LGBTQ+ and Gender Non-Binary: Kristin Rothballer, Shlomo Pesach

Women and Female-Identified: Anita Sanchez, Pat McCabe, Samara Gaev

Men and Male-Identified: Jerry Tello, Will Scott

White and White-Passing: Dave Hage, Libby Roderick, Justine Epstein

All Identities Welcome: Ilarion Merculieff, Sharon Shay Sloan, China Soriano

All Identities Welcome, with Intergenerational emphasis on Youth & Elders: Gigi Coyle, Orland Bishop, Tokata (Future) Iron Eyes

December 5th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Jeannette Armstrong
Associate Professor
UBC Okanagan
Orland Bishop
Founder and Director
ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation
Gigi Coyle
Co-Founder
Beyond Boudaries
Brendan Clarke
Co-Director
The Ojai Foundation
Paloma Flores

San Francisco Unified School District’s Indian Education Program
Samara Gaev
Founder and Artistic Director
Truthworker Theatre Company
Dave Hage
Co-Founder
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Tokata (Future) Iron Eyes
Activist, Singer/Songwriter
Ilarion (Kuuyux) Merculieff
Founder and President
Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways
Ladybird Morgan
Co-Founder and Executive Director
The Humane Prison Hospice Project
Libby Roderick
Director
Difficult Dialogues Initiative
Kristin Rothballer
Senior Fellow
Center for Whole Communities
Will Scott
Co-Founder and Facilitator
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Sharon Shay Sloan
Co-Director
Ojai Foundation
Jerry Tello
Director of Training and Technical Assistance
National Compadres Network

With some of our leading elected officials endorsing white supremacy, the immense awakening surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement this past summer, and the intense public controversy over the removal of the Washington football team’s racist name and other racist mascots throughout the world of sports, more people than ever are asking: “How can I be an ally?” In this introductory session, the directors of the Bioneers Indigeneity Program, Cara Romero and Alexis Bunten, will join Bioneers co-founder Nina Simons to discuss such questions as: “What is an ally?” and “How do we create brave spaces where genuine collaboration is possible?” They will also provide step-by-step practical guidelines for building authentically respectful and meaningful allyship relationships with Indigenous Peoples.

December 5th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Nina Simons
Co-Founder
Bioneers
Cara Romero
Program Director of the Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program
Bioneers
Alexis Bunten
Program Manager for Bioneers’ Indigeneity Program
Bioneers

Sunday, December 6th

Indigenous peoples, deeply rooted in place-based knowledge, are leading the way in developing strategies on how best to approach climate justice and climate resilience. What does climate and environmental justice look like when Indigenous voices are brought to the forefront? How can we move beyond “land acknowledgements” toward meaningful courses of action for our shared futures? In California, climate action plans are drawing from time-tested Indigenous fire and land management approaches; Governor Newsom is launching a Truth and Healing Commission; and across the state, communities are participating in land return to Indigenous nations. Leading Indigenous educator Cutcha Risling Baldy will provide a three-step approach to re-imagining climate and environmental justice in California and beyond, focusing on concrete actions that challenge us to dream better futures together.

December 6th | 10:49 am to 11:04 am

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Keynote


Cutcha Risling Baldy
Co-Founder
Native Women's Collective

Within most Indigenous communities of the Americas (and of the world) the cultural and societal responsibilities of womxn play a crucially important role in maintaining the wellbeing of the community—including the ecosystem. Their intimate relationship to Mother Earth ranges from the exchange of water in the birthing process to the role of decision-making within families and clans to ensure a healthy future for subsequent generations. In these especially challenging times, the coming together of Indigenous womxn in leadership is more critical than ever for all people and all cultures to re-evaluate their responsibilities to respect and protect the sacredness of Mother Earth. Join us to hear from three inspiring Indigenous women who come together to discuss how matriarchy, the sacred feminine, and Indigenous ways play an important part in their leadership. Hosted by Cara Romero, Bioneers Indigeneity Program Director. With: Casey Camp-Horinek (Ponca), Crystal Echo Hawk (Pawnee), and Naelyn Pike (Chiricahua Apache).

December 6th | 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm

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Panelists


Casey Camp-Horinek
Environmental Ambassador
Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma
Crystal Echo Hawk
Founder and Executive Director
IllumiNative
Cara Romero
Program Director of the Bioneers Indigenous Knowledge Program
Bioneers

Full session descriptions are available here: https://conference.bioneers.org/council-session/

Sessions and Facilitators:

Indigenous: Jeannette Armstrong, Marlowe Sam, Paloma Flores

BIPOC and Mixed Race: Brendan Clarke, Luis Rodriguez, Ladybird Morgan

LGBTQ+ and Gender Non-Binary: Kristin Rothballer, Shlomo Pesach

Women and Female-Identified: Anita Sanchez, Pat McCabe, Samara Gaev

Men and Male-Identified: Jerry Tello, Will Scott

White and White-Passing: Dave Hage, Libby Roderick, Justine Epstein

All Identities Welcome: Ilarion Merculieff, Sharon Shay Sloan, China Soriano

All Identities Welcome, with Intergenerational emphasis on Youth & Elders: Gigi Coyle, Orland Bishop, Tokata (Future) Iron Eyes

December 6th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Jeannette Armstrong
Associate Professor
UBC Okanagan
Orland Bishop
Founder and Director
ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation
Brendan Clarke
Co-Director
The Ojai Foundation
Gigi Coyle
Co-Founder
Beyond Boudaries
Paloma Flores

San Francisco Unified School District’s Indian Education Program
Samara Gaev
Founder and Artistic Director
Truthworker Theatre Company
Dave Hage
Co-Founder
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Tokata (Future) Iron Eyes
Activist, Singer/Songwriter
Ilarion (Kuuyux) Merculieff
Founder and President
Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways
Ladybird Morgan
Co-Founder and Executive Director
The Humane Prison Hospice Project
Libby Roderick
Director
Difficult Dialogues Initiative
Kristin Rothballer
Senior Fellow
Center for Whole Communities
Will Scott
Co-Founder and Facilitator
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Sharon Shay Sloan
Co-Director
Ojai Foundation
Jerry Tello
Director of Training and Technical Assistance
National Compadres Network

Saturday, December 12th

In recent years, Indigenous writers have been claiming space in the literary world to great acclaim. They have also begun to gain access to traditionally white-dominated domains, including Hollywood, comics, and picture books. They are seeking to take control of their representation and to change non-Native narratives. In this Indigenous writers workshop, award-winning writers will tackle such topics as: what makes writing “Indigenous;” how they honed their craft; and ways that they try to make their writing speak truth to power. For allies, there is no better time to learn about the Native literary explosion and how important it is to support Indigenous artists. With: Manny Lieras (Diné, Comanche); Tommy Orange (Cheyenne and Arapaho); Traci Sorrell (Cherokee).

December 12th | 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm

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Panelists


Tommy Orange
Author
There There
Manny Lieras
Title VI Indian Education Coordinator
American Indian Child Resource Center

Full session descriptions are available here: https://conference.bioneers.org/council-session/

Sessions and Facilitators:

Indigenous: Jeannette Armstrong, Marlowe Sam, Paloma Flores

BIPOC and Mixed Race: Brendan Clarke, Luis Rodriguez, Ladybird Morgan

LGBTQ+ and Gender Non-Binary: Kristin Rothballer, Shlomo Pesach

Women and Female-Identified: Anita Sanchez, Pat McCabe, Samara Gaev

Men and Male-Identified: Jerry Tello, Will Scott

White and White-Passing: Dave Hage, Libby Roderick, Justine Epstein

All Identities Welcome: Ilarion Merculieff, Sharon Shay Sloan, China Soriano

All Identities Welcome, with Intergenerational emphasis on Youth & Elders: Gigi Coyle, Orland Bishop, Tokata (Future) Iron Eyes

December 12th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Jeannette Armstrong
Associate Professor
UBC Okanagan
Orland Bishop
Founder and Director
ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation
Brendan Clarke
Co-Director
The Ojai Foundation
Gigi Coyle
Co-Founder
Beyond Boudaries
Paloma Flores

San Francisco Unified School District’s Indian Education Program
Samara Gaev
Founder and Artistic Director
Truthworker Theatre Company
Dave Hage
Co-Founder
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Tokata (Future) Iron Eyes
Activist, Singer/Songwriter
Ilarion (Kuuyux) Merculieff
Founder and President
Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways
Ladybird Morgan
Co-Founder and Executive Director
The Humane Prison Hospice Project
Libby Roderick
Director
Difficult Dialogues Initiative
Kristin Rothballer
Senior Fellow
Center for Whole Communities
Will Scott
Co-Founder and Facilitator
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Sharon Shay Sloan
Co-Director
Ojai Foundation
Jerry Tello
Director of Training and Technical Assistance
National Compadres Network

Sunday, December 13th

Come join the conversation about groundbreaking new developments in the effort to recognize the legal rights of nature, including in Indigenous communities now drafting and adopting such laws. We will discuss why communities and countries around the globe are considering this bold step and why treating nature as a living entity with legal rights can revolutionize life on Earth in a system in which courts can be used to enforce rights of rivers, mountains, and forests. Come listen to stories from communities on the front lines, as they mobilize to build a new environmental law system that actually protects the planet. With: Mari Margil and Thomas Linzey of the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights; Guy Reiter, Executive Director of Menikanaehkem – Community Rebuilders.

December 13th | 12:30 pm to 1:45 pm

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Panelists


Thomas Linzey
Senior Legal Counsel
Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights
Mari Margil
Executive Director
Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights
Guy Reiter
Executive Director
Menikahnaehkem

For this session, we’ll hear from the co-guides who have hosted the identity-based circles during the conference—listening, witnessing and holding space for and with the Bioneers community. Guides will share their reflections, insights and discoveries gleaned from the circles over the prior three days. This is an all-identities-welcome session and will be open to any and all who register. Time permitting, participants will be asked to offer their witness comments and bring their voices to the center. For all, this will be a time to listen for the collective wisdom of the Bioneers community and bear witness to our stories unfolding in this time. We hope to see you there.

December 13th | 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Panelists


Jeannette Armstrong
Associate Professor
UBC Okanagan
Orland Bishop
Founder and Director
ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation
Brendan Clarke
Co-Director
The Ojai Foundation
Gigi Coyle
Co-Founder
Beyond Boudaries
Paloma Flores

San Francisco Unified School District’s Indian Education Program
Samara Gaev
Founder and Artistic Director
Truthworker Theatre Company
Dave Hage
Co-Founder
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Tokata (Future) Iron Eyes
Activist, Singer/Songwriter
Ilarion (Kuuyux) Merculieff
Founder and President
Global Center for Indigenous Leadership and Lifeways
Ladybird Morgan
Co-Founder and Executive Director
The Humane Prison Hospice Project
Libby Roderick
Director
Difficult Dialogues Initiative
Kristin Rothballer
Senior Fellow
Center for Whole Communities
Will Scott
Co-Founder and Facilitator
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Sharon Shay Sloan
Co-Director
Ojai Foundation
Jerry Tello
Director of Training and Technical Assistance
National Compadres Network