Thursday, April 6th
9:25 am: Opening by Corrina Gould (Lisjan Ohlone), the Chair and Spokesperson for the Confederated Villages of Lisjan
April 6th | 9:25 am to 9:32 am | Zellerbach Hall
Introduction by Cara Romero, Director of Bioneers’ Indigeneity Program
By now, we have all heard the statistic that Indigenous Peoples protect 80% of the world’s biodiversity, despite being 5% of the world’s population. This simple fact alone should position Indigenous, Native, and Tribal Peoples as not only leaders but experts on resource management and climate mitigation and adaptation. Yet, in many spaces, political and institutional, Indigenous knowledge and expertise are seen as supplemental, and at worse, romantic. So how can we move beyond just acknowledging Indigenous Peoples to working to ensure that their rights are centered and strengthened in climate action at the local, national and global levels? Jade Begay, one of North America’s most effective Indigenous Rights activists will share her insights on how far Indigenous leadership has come and what we can do to strengthen and embolden this leadership that is so needed if we are all to survive on planet Earth.
April 6th | 12:22 pm to 12:44 pm | Zellerbach Hall
#LandBack has become a rallying cry in Indigenous circles and beyond from coast to coast, but what does #Landback really mean, and how can we be a part of this movement? In this panel, leaders in the #Landback movement will share different approaches to the return and “rematriation” of ancestral territories. For tribal members, the discussion will include organizational, fundraising, and legal strategies. For non-Natives, panelists will share how to be a good ally for #Landback. Moderated by Cara Romero. With: PennElys Droz; Corrina Gould; Tom Little Bear Nason; Kawenniiosta Jock.
April 6th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm | Goldman Theater, Brower Center
Indigenous peoples across the Pacific have a deep knowledge of the ocean and its ecosystems acquired from hundreds of generations of observation. Today, commercial farming, overfishing, resource extraction and global warming are destroying the ocean systems and exacerbating the climate crisis. In this panel, three leaders with intimate knowledge of the relationships between land and ocean will discuss how to restore balance to the Pacific and to the planet. Moderated by Alexis Bunten. With: Loa Niumeitolu; Kiana Frank; Andrea Kealoha.
April 6th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm | Goldman Theater, Brower Center
Friday, April 7th
This panel of community leaders from Aotearoa/New Zealand will share their on-the-ground insights, from initiatives that demonstrate paradigm shifts for “rights of nature” legal protections for land and people, cultural capability and education, and convening multi-stakeholder land stewardship. Underpinning all these stories, the unique natural, cultural and legal history of Aotearoa and the Māori worldview reminds us of the value of humility, courage and connection. With: Jan Hania, Principal of Strategy Development, Biome Trust; Lara Hania, educator, storyteller; Erin Matariki Carr, Project Lead, RIVER. Moderated by Chelsea Robinson, Open Lunar Foundation.
April 7th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm | Golden Bear Room, Hotel Shattuck Plaza
3:00 pm: Indigenous Forum – Undam the Klamath! How Tribes Led the Largest River Restoration Project in US History
Yurok and Karuk peoples have been fighting for decades to remove dams on the Klamath River that destroyed riparian ecosystems and decimated salmon populations that underscore traditional lifeways. In 2022, the US government finally agreed to remove four dams and engage in the largest river restoration project in US history. Join us to learn the story of this incredible achievement in tribal activism, groundbreaking tribal partnerships with state and federal governments, and culture-based methods for river restoration. Moderated by Cara Romero. With: Samuel Gensaw, Isaac Kinney and Craig Tucker.
April 7th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm | Goldman Theater, Brower Center
3:00 pm: Interactive Session – Building the Inner Conditions for Regenerative, Harmonious Relations: Life and Leadership Rooted in Indigenous Wisdom
Indigenous wisdom contains a deep and broad understanding of body, mind and spirit that allows for a more holistic orientation than the narrow perspective that has led us toward inner and outer crisis. But how can we integrate Indigenous wisdom into our daily personal and professional lives? This interactive session is designed for those who are already on or who wish to begin a journey toward establishing “kin-centric” harmonious relationships with people, communities, and the entire natural world. Facilitated by: Anita Sanchez, Ph.D., author of The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times.
April 7th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm | San Pablo Room, Residence Inn
What does it mean to be Native? Is it enrollment in a federally recognized tribe? Is it descendancy proven by genealogical records? A family story? DNA? What does the saying, “everybody is Indigenous” mean? And how do you talk about Native identity depending on which category fits you? Join the Indigeneity Program team and special guests as we unpack tribal identity in a frank conversation. Moderated by: Cara Romero, Alexis Bunten and Nazshonnii Brown-Almaweri. With: Andrew MacDonald; Gregg Castro; Manny Lieras; Paloma Flores; Bette Billiot; Christie Lacoban; Te Maia Wiki; Manaia Lieras.
April 7th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm | Goldman Theater, Brower Center
Saturday, April 8th
Introduction by Alexis Bunten, Co-Director of Bioneers’ Indigeneity Program
“In community we pause, we open, we nourish, and we become.”
Yuria Celidwen is of Nahua and Maya descent from the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico, born into a family lineage of mystics, healers, and poets. Her scholarship centers on Indigenous forms of contemplation and has developed into a broader statement she calls the “ethics of belonging.” It has become evident that when we pay attention to the world around us, all we hear is urgency. It is time for community reflection. Yuria will share two core guiding principles from her scholarship, Kin Relationality and Ecological Belonging. She will explain how these concepts can help us access an ever-expansive unfolding of a path of meaning and participation rooted in honoring Life.
April 8th | 11:36 am to 11:58 am | Zellerbach Hall
3:00 pm: Community Conversations: What Will It Take to Heal from the Violence of Colonization? An Indigenous Perspective
Bioneers brings together a very diverse, discerning, engaged and reflective community, and the curated conversations around crucial topics we have been hosting recently (“Conversation Cafes”) have proven highly popular and stimulating. Each session begins with a very brief presentation by one of the conference presenters as a “conversation starter” to frame the topic, followed by structured group discussion. At the end of each session, a “harvester” who has carefully witnessed and “absorbed” what has transpired, offers us a poetic synopsis/recapitulation of the highlights of our time together.
Join best-selling Manitoba author and activist Clayton Thomas-Muller to explore what may be required for First Nations people, and all Indigenous peoples, to heal from the violence of the country they’ve lived upon for so long. In Canada, as in the U.S., colonialism is at the heart of many of Native peoples’ most pressing issues, such as food insecurity, climate change, environmental injustice, inequality, and MMIW. We will discuss and explore together how a better future is not only possible, but necessary, and how Indigenous Peoples are leading the way. Facilitated by: David Shaw, Santa Cruz Permaculture and UCSC Right Livelihood College. “Harvester:” Jason Bayani, author, theater performer, Artistic Director, Kearny Street Workshop.
April 8th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm | Ashby Room, Residence Inn
3:00 pm: Indigenous Forum – Healing Justice to Restore Relations with Land
Presented in collaboration with Indigenous Climate Action
We are living in a very exciting time as we witness more instances of successful Indigenous-led #landback campaigns and triumphs over the extraction industry than ever before, but we are also becoming increasingly aware that we cannot restore relations with the land without addressing our own trauma. This session will explore such critical questions as: How might the fight for #landback benefit from the inclusion of Black people and other historically marginalized groups? Does ‘call out culture’ actually harm decolonization movements? In addition to frankly exploring these issues, the panelists will share practical strategies for addressing them using such tools as an intergenerational focus, ceremony, and time on the land. Moderated by Eriel Deranger. With: Jodie Geddes and Carlee Loft.
April 8th | 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm | Goldman Theater, Brower Center
It is not surprising that Indigenous Peoples are leading the way in the “Rights of Nature” movement given that the idea that trees, waters, and ecosystems have a right to flourish reflects Indigenous worldviews. In this panel, we’ll hear from Indigenous leaders whose tribes have adopted Rights of Nature frameworks to protect sacred territories. They will share practical strategies for organizing and implementing Rights of Nature campaigns within international legal frameworks. Join us to learn more about the movement, and how you can be a part of it. Moderated by Brittany Gondolfi. With: Samantha Skenandore; Danielle Greendeer and Erin Matariki Carr.
April 8th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm | Goldman Theater, Brower Center
4:45 pm: Solving the Climate Crisis in One Generation
Presented in collaboration with One Earth
According to the groundbreaking, highly influential organization, One Earth, the solutions to the climate crisis already exist, and there are three pillars of collective action we need to embrace to implement them: a just transition to 100% renewable energy; protection and restoration of half the world’s lands and oceans; and a shift to regenerative food and fiber systems. These goals are daunting, but the good news is that millions of people and organizations around the world are already driving this transformation. How are all these movements connected? How does work in each area grow and thrive with a coherent understanding of the larger systems of change? Join leaders in the three key fields outlined above in a vibrant conversation to explore how both big-picture thinking and slews of on-the-ground practical projects can play a role in solving the climate crisis in time. Hosted by: Justin Winters, co-founder and Executive Director of One Earth. With: Samuel Gensaw III (Yurok) Director of the Ancestral Guard; Cynthia Daley, Ph.D., founder/Director of the Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems at Cal State Chico; and Danny Kennedy, entrepreneur and founder of New Energy Nexus.
April 8th | 4:45 pm to 6:00 pm | Freight & Salvage
Cara Romero: Following the Light profiles the art and inspiration of Bioneers’ Indigeneity Program Co-Director and award-winning photographer, Cara Romero. Q&A with featured artist, Cara Romero.
April 8th | 6:40 pm to 7:25 pm | Goldman Theater, Brower Center
Long Line of Ladies tells the story of the return of women’s coming of age ceremonies among the Yurok tribe of Northern California. Q&A with featured culture-bearer, Pimm Allen.
April 8th | 7:30 pm to 8:10 pm | Goldman Theater, Brower Center
Indigeneity shorts present an accurate portrait of the Native American experience by tackling stereotypes, exploring contemporary issues, and celebrating Indigenous contributions to America. Q&A with producer/writer/director, Alexis Bunten.
April 8th | 8:15 pm to 8:45 pm | Goldman Theater, Brower Center
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