Theme: Indigeneity

Saturday, December 5th

December 5th | 11:04 am to 11:09 am

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Keynote


Ilarion Merculieff

Alaska Indigenous Council on Marine Mammals

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 Baker, Strategic Partner at RESOLVE; Oscar Soria, Campaign Director at AVAAZ; and additional panelist, TBD.

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 Baker, PhD.
Strategic Partner
RESOLVE
Oscar Soria
Campaign Director
Avaaz

With: Paul Stamets, Katsi Cook and Francoise Bourzat.  Description coming soon!

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

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Panelists


Paul Stamets
Mycologist and Author
Francoise Bourzat
Professor
California Institute of Integral Studies

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

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, Jerry Tello, 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: Luis Rodriguez, Will Scott

White and White-Passing: Dave Hage, Libby Roderick

All Identities Welcome: Ilarion Merculieff, Sharon Shay Sloan 

All Identities Welcome, with Intergenerational emphasis on Youth & Elders: Gigi Coyle, Orland Bishop

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

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Panelists


Jeannette Armstrong
Associate Professor
UBC Okanagan
Gigi Coyle
Co-Founder
Walking Water
Brendan Clarke
Co-Director
The Ojai Foundation
Paloma Flores

San Francisco Unified School District’s Indian Education Program
Dave Hage
Co-Founder
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Ilarion Merculieff

Alaska Indigenous Council on Marine Mammals
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 6th

December 6th | 11:19 am to 11:34 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 Xiye Bastida (Olmec and Toltec).

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, Jerry Tello, 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: Luis Rodriguez, Will Scott

White and White-Passing: Dave Hage, Libby Roderick

All Identities Welcome: Ilarion Merculieff, Sharon Shay Sloan 

All Identities Welcome, with Intergenerational emphasis on Youth & Elders: Gigi Coyle, Orland Bishop

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

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Panelists


Jeannette Armstrong
Associate Professor
UBC Okanagan
Brendan Clarke
Co-Director
The Ojai Foundation
Gigi Coyle
Co-Founder
Walking Water
Paloma Flores

San Francisco Unified School District’s Indian Education Program
Dave Hage
Co-Founder
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Ilarion Merculieff

Alaska Indigenous Council on Marine Mammals
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 dominant 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


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, Jerry Tello, 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: Luis Rodriguez, Will Scott

White and White-Passing: Dave Hage, Libby Roderick

All Identities Welcome: Ilarion Merculieff, Sharon Shay Sloan 

All Identities Welcome, with Intergenerational emphasis on Youth & Elders: Gigi Coyle, Orland Bishop

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

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Panelists


Jeannette Armstrong
Associate Professor
UBC Okanagan
Brendan Clarke
Co-Director
The Ojai Foundation
Gigi Coyle
Co-Founder
Walking Water
Paloma Flores

San Francisco Unified School District’s Indian Education Program
Dave Hage
Co-Founder
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Ilarion Merculieff

Alaska Indigenous Council on Marine Mammals
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; others TBA.

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

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, Jerry Tello, 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: Luis Rodriguez, Will Scott

White and White-Passing: Dave Hage, Libby Roderick

All Identities Welcome: Ilarion Merculieff, Sharon Shay Sloan 

All Identities Welcome, with Intergenerational emphasis on Youth & Elders: Gigi Coyle, Orland Bishop

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

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Panelists


Jeannette Armstrong
Associate Professor
UBC Okanagan
Brendan Clarke
Co-Director
The Ojai Foundation
Gigi Coyle
Co-Founder
Walking Water
Paloma Flores

San Francisco Unified School District’s Indian Education Program
Dave Hage
Co-Founder
Weaving Earth Center for Relational Education
Ilarion Merculieff

Alaska Indigenous Council on Marine Mammals
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