Theme: Indigeneity

Thursday, November 11th

November 11th | 10:30 am to 10:36 am

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Keynote


Manny Lieras
Title VI Indian Education Coordinator
American Indian Child Resource Center

For millennia Indigenous communities have been guardians of their environments, protecting flora and fauna, using their traditional knowledge and wisdom passed down over generations to live in balance within their ecosystems. Today Indigenous peoples safeguard 80% of the biodiversity left in the world, and protecting those lands and waters is crucial to mitigating the climate crisis, because those biodiverse areas are among the planet’s major carbon sinks. Indigenous peoples are the ancestral owners of nearly half of the intact forest left across the entire Amazon Basin. Nemonte Nenquimo, a leader from the Waorani community in Ecuador and a founding member of Indigenous-led nonprofit organization Ceibo Alliance and its partner, Amazon Frontlines, will discuss why respecting Indigenous people’s internationally recognized rights to decide the future of their territories, cultures and lives is critically urgent for the protection of our world’s most important rainforest, our climate, and life on our planet.

November 11th | 11:15 am to 11:32 am

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Keynote


Nemonte Nenquimo
Co-Founder
Ceibo Alliance and Amazon Frontlines

A coproduction of WECAN and Bioneers Everywoman’s Leadership program

As the IPCC reports, climate destabilization is happening far faster than even the most pessimistic scientists had anticipated. The chaotic results are now visible to everyone around the globe. The situation is urgent, and failure to take immediate large-scale action would be catastrophic, but extractive industries and corrupt governments are barreling ahead with business as usual, wreaking havoc on our planet’s water, air, lands and living creatures, including people. Women, BIPOC and youth leaders are taking many of the strongest stands and implementing innovative tactics in this, the most important, crucial, existential struggle in history. Join three visionary climate justice leaders as they share their strategic insights. With: Eriel Deranger, Indigenous Climate Action; Leila Salazar-Lopez, Amazon Watch; Osprey Orielle Lake, Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN). Hosted by Bioneers co-founder Nina Simons.

November 11th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Eriel Tchekwie Deranger
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Indigenous Climate Action
Leila Salazar-López
Executive Director
Amazon Watch
Osprey Orielle Lake
Founder and Executive Director
Women's Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
Nina Simons
Co-Founder and Chief Relationship Strategist
Bioneers

Trauma has perhaps never been more widely prevalent than it is now, nor more varied in its causes: personal stress, familial history, racial discrimination, poverty, oppression, climate disaster, etc. These times are really stretching our capacity to endure, so they require ever more effective healing and self-care modalities that include the taking of our personal inventory and adjusting our beliefs and lifestyles. Join two master Somatics practitioners and teachers as they share insights and explain their methods. With: Dr. Ruby Gibson (Lakota, Ojibwe, Mediterranean), author, educator and healer, co-founder and Executive Director of Freedom Lodge; and Staci K. Haines, educator, advocate, healer, co-founder of Generative Somatics and author of The Politics of Trauma.

November 11th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Staci K. Haines
Co-Founder
Generative Somatics
Ruby Gibson
Executive Director
Freedom Lodge

They say “laughter is the best medicine,” but the most powerful medicine of all might just be American Indian comedy. Native peoples on this continent developed rich and complex humor traditions in response to centuries of oppression and the intergenerational trauma of ongoing settler colonization. Jokes were and are used to reflect on life’s ironies, impart wisdom, build relationships, and help heal from pain. Comedy can be one of the most effective tools in the arsenal of Indigenous strategies of deep cultural resilience, and as we emerge from this global pandemic and continue to struggle with dire threats to our people and the planet, we need the healing medicine of laughter more than ever. Share some laughter and learning with two leading comedic stars: Oakland-based (Yerington Paiute/Washoe) stand-up comedian, writer, actor and producer Jackie Keliiaa; and Dallas Goldtooth (Mdewakanton Dakota/Dine), artist, poet, activist (with the Indigenous Environmental Network), Dakota culture/language teacher, and co-founder of the Indigenous comedy group, The 1491s. Hosted by Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Program Director of Bioneers’ Indigeneity Program and renowned artist/photographer.

November 11th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Cara Romero
Co-Director of Bioneers Indigeniety Program
Bioneers
Dallas Goldtooth
Keep It in the Ground Campaign Organizer
Indigenous Environmental Network
Jackie Keliiaa
Comedian, Writer and Producer

Friday, November 12th

The perspectives and experiences of Indigenous peoples are especially critical in the fight against climate change and environmental devastation. First, it is estimated that 80% of the planet’s remaining biodiversity is found in the lands of Indigenous communities, who have historically proven to be the best protectors of their ecosystems. These lands are also often some of the Earth’s most important carbon sinks, so the health of those regions is crucial to our collective survival, and supporting these frontlines groups in defending their rights and territories has to be central to any credible global climate strategy. On top of that, the rest of humanity has a great deal to learn about how to live in balance with the natural world from the traditional ecological wisdom of many Indigenous peoples. Finally, no one has more experience surviving apocalypses and providing models of resilience in the face of dire crises. Julian Brave NoiseCat, an activist and one of this era’s most brilliant emerging progressive journalists and thinkers, will lay out the case for the moral imperative to assure that Indigenous voices have a central role in humanity’s struggle to address the existential climate crisis.

November 12th | 11:11 am to 11:28 am

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Keynote


Julian Brave NoiseCat
Director of Green New Deal Strategy
Data for Progress

Clayton Thomas-Muller and Julian Brave NoiseCat are nationally and internationally acclaimed Indigenous leaders in the fights against climate change and the accelerating, human-induced destruction of our ecosystems. When they aren’t on the front lines organizing movements to protect the planet, Clayton and Julian work as accomplished writers penning penetrating analyses of the connections between settler colonial capitalism, broken social and political systems, trauma, and environmental disaster. They also happen to have a deep friendship. Join us for an intimate conversation with these two exemplary leaders, as they share the story behind the story about how their lives intersect with their activism and discuss their new projects and their hopes for the future.  Moderated by Alexis Bunten (Unangan/Yupik), Co-Director of the Bioneers Indigeneity Program.

November 12th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Julian Brave NoiseCat
Director of Green New Deal Strategy
Data for Progress
Clayton Thomas-Muller
'Stop It At The Source' Campaigner
350.org
Alexis Bunten
Co-Director of Bioneers Indigeniety Program
Bioneers

The psychedelic community owes enormous debts to the Indigenous cultures that, over millennia, developed the use of consciousness-modifying substances, which laid the basis for the now ever-expanding interest in and use of these medicines. Indigenous peoples are also very often the best protectors of what’s left of global biodiversity, so finding effective, concrete ways to help support these groups’ struggles to defend their lands and rights is of utmost importance to all of humanity. So far, though, while the psychedelic world is replete with romanticized language about Indigenous worldviews, it has done very little to offer genuine, large-scale tangible support that actually reaches frontline communities, and as enormous amounts of venture capital are now pouring into the psychedelic domain, this is the time to act. The Chacruna Institute’s Indigenous Reciprocity Initiative (IRI) was created to fill that void. Come hear about this exciting new project from Joseph Mays, the IRI’s Program Director; Bia Labate, Chacruna Institute co-founder and Executive Director; and cultural anthropologist Daniela Peluso, who has extensive experience working with Indigenous communities in Peru and Bolivia. The session will also feature several videos of statements by Indigenous leaders from frontline communities throughout the Americas who are partnering with the IRI.

November 12th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Bia Labate
Executive Director
Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines
Joseph Mays
Program Director
Chacruna Institute’s Indigenous Reciprocity Initiative
Daniela Peluso
Emeritus Fellow in Social Anthropology
University of Kent

Many boys and men of color have to grapple with very potent intergenerational traumas deeply linked to the racism, oppression and systemic inequities their communities have had to endure for so long. The Covid Pandemic has unfortunately exacerbated many of these underlying dynamics, resulting in increased levels of domestic and community violence in many neighborhoods. This session, facilitated by internationally-recognized author, community leader and healing practitioner Jerry Tello, will offer an intergenerational conversation among young men, elders, and middle-aged men of color. They will explore the deep traumas they and their communities suffer from, and how to develop strategies of responsibility and accountability that face the truth, but also create conditions for deep healing and prevent these wounds from undermining our families, communities and selves. With: Jason Seals, professor of African American Studies at Merritt College, with a long career in youth development; David Bouttavong, a Fresno, CA-based first generation queer Lao American activist with extensive experience working on issues affecting young men and boys of color. 

November 12th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Jerry Tello
Co-Founder
Healing Generations Institute and the National Compadres Network
Jason Seals
Professor of African American Studies and Chair of Ethnic Studies
Merritt College
David Bouttavong
Outreach Specialist
Poverello House

Bioneers brings together a very diverse, discerning, engaged and reflective community, and the curated conversations around crucial topics we have been hosting recently (“Community Conversations”) have proven highly popular and stimulating. Each session begins with a very brief presentation by a noted thought leader as a “conversation starter” to frame the topic, followed by structured group discussion. At the end, a talented spoken word artist “harvests” the essence of what was said in a poetic synthesis and performs it for the group.  

In this session, Anita Sanchez will start us off by drawing from her award-winning book, The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times, to explain how unity, healing, hope-in-action, and the ability to forgive the unforgivable are the key life-tools (the “four sacred gifts”) we must cultivate if we are to achieve our full potential as a collective life-giving force in the “One Hoop of Life.” We will then engage in facilitated conversation, as we seek to bring our most creative thinking forward, and weave our hearts, minds, and voices into a collective braid.           

With: Anita L Sanchez, Ph.D., (Aztec/Mexican American), deeply experienced trainer/coach, author, member of the Transformational Leadership Council, and Bioneers and Pachamama Alliance board member. Facilitated by: Amy Lenzo, weDialogue and the World Café Community Foundation; David Shaw, Santa Cruz Permaculture and UCSC Right Livelihood College. “Harvester:” Jason Bayani, author, theater performer, Artistic Director, Kearny Street Workshop.

November 12th | 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

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Panelists


Jason Bayani
Artistic Director
Kearny Street Workshop
David Shaw
Founder
Santa Cruz Permaculture and UCSC Right Livelihood College
Amy Lenzo

weDialogue and the World Café Community Foundation

InhabitantsAn Indigenous Perspective tells a story of America’s troubled past and hopeful future as it follows five Native American peoples (Hopi, Blackfeet, Menominee, Karuk, Hawaiian) living in very different ecosystems as they each seek, after centuries of colonization’s disruptions, to restore their ancient relationships with the land to forge ahead with effective climate-change adaptation strategies. (Inhabitants, a collaborative project of the INHABIT Films Production Company, a Tribal Advisory Board, the Kalliopeia Foundation, the Namaste Foundation, and the Social Good Fund, was directed by Costa Boutsikaris and Anna Palmer; with Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, executive producer; and Roderick Spencer and Tom Sargent, co-producers).

November 12th | 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm

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Saturday, November 13th

Indigenous Peoples already do “green jobs”—they integrate cultural values into business activities and protect 80% of the world’s biodiversity. In order to transform our economies through Indigenous-led solutions, we need to uplift movements and stories inspired by Indigenous resistance. To do this, we must change the culture of philanthropy and impact investing, which still largely circulates in privileged circles. In this panel, we will explore how to transition from colonial-capitalism using Indigenous-led strategies that offer us pathways towards an equitable and regenerative future. With: Sikowis (Plains Cree/Saulteaux), founder, Great Plains Action Society, speaker/writer/artist; Nick Estes, Ph.D. (Lower Brule Sioux Tribe), historian, author, Professor at the University of New Mexico, co-founder, The Red Nation. Hosted by Alexis Bunten (Unangan/Yupik), Co-Director of the Bioneers Indigeneity Program.

November 13th | 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

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Panelists


Alexis Bunten
Co-Director of Bioneers Indigeniety Program
Bioneers
Nick Estes
Assistant Professor of American Studies
University of New Mexico
Sikowis
Founder
Great Plains Action Society

To understand how we steward the land appropriately in harmony with nature and natural forces, it is necessary to understand our relationship to the primal elements and their relationship to each other. Join a discussion that will bridge ecological science, permaculture and Traditional Ecological Knowledge and how they are applied to land management in ways that nurture ecosystem resilience and regeneration. With Permaculturist Penny Livingston; water protector and permaculturist Carmen Gonzales (Diné); and Bill Tripp (Karuk Tribe), Deputy Director of Eco-Cultural Revitalization for the Karuk Tribe. Hosted by Bioneers’ Restorative Food Systems Director Arty Mangan

November 13th | 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

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Panelists


Penny Livingston
Prominent Permaculture Teacher, Designer and Speaker
Carmen Gonzales
Permaculture Designer and Environmental Scientist
Bill Tripp
Deputy Director of Eco-Cultural Revitalization
Karuk Tribe
Arty Mangan
Restorative Food Systems Director
Bioneers

Although there is far more awareness of and discussion about cultural appropriation, especially regarding Indigenous Peoples, than there was even just a few years ago, there is still a great deal of confusion about what it actually is and how to distinguish a productive interest and affection for another culture from exploitative poaching. In this interactive session, we will unpack the differences between appropriation and appreciation through real life examples, exercises and discussion. We’ll leave the session with the confidence to interact with Native Peoples as a good relative, the know-how to purchase and display Native arts responsibly, and the ability to help others avoid cultural appropriation. With: Cara Romero (Chemehuevi), Director, and Alexis Bunten (Unangan/Yup’ik), Co-Director, of Bioneers’ Indigeneity Program.

November 13th | 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

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Panelists


Alexis Bunten
Co-Director of Bioneers Indigeniety Program
Bioneers
Cara Romero
Co-Director of Bioneers Indigeniety Program
Bioneers

From the majestic peaks of the snow-capped Sierra to the parched valley of Payahuunadü, “the land of flowing water,” this stunning film poetically weaves together memories of intergenerational women. Native Americans, Japanese-American WWII incarcerees and environmentalists form an unexpected alliance to defend their land and water from Los Angeles. Featuring breathtaking photography and immersive soundscapes, the film recounts more than 150 years of history, showing how water lured outsiders in and continues to fuel the greed which sucked this once lush place dry. Ann Kaneko, director; Jin Yoo-Kim, producer; Tracy Rector, executive producer. 

November 13th | 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm

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