Join us for – ‘Indigenous Women of the Americas Protecting Mother Earth: Struggles and Climate Change Solutions, 2019′ – to be presented at the United Nations Church Center in New York City on Tuesday April 23rd, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.
This public event, organized and facilitated by WECAN International, is being held in parallel to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues happening in NYC at this time, with the expressed purpose of ensuring that the vital voices of Indigenous women leaders are heard by the public, media and government representatives during the formal UN processes.
Outstanding Indigenous women presenters of North and South America will speak out against the environmentally and socially destructive activities and policies threatening their homelands, and present the visions and strategies with which they are working to shape a healthy and equitable future for their communities and the Earth. Their diverse struggles and solutions will be contextualized within a frame of rapid climate change, fossil fuel extraction, attacks and criminalization against Indigenous women land defenders, biologic and cultural diversity protection, changing destructive economic frameworks, forest protection, and community-led solutions – demonstrating just why honoring Indigenous rights and knowledge is so essential for the survival and well-being of us all.
- Betty Lyons, (Onondaga Nation, Snipe Clan)
President & Executive Director of the American Indian Law Alliance (AILA),Indigenous and environmental activist, and citizen of the Onondaga Nation, Turtle Island, USA.
- Sônia Bone Guajajara, Executive Coordinator for the Articulation of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil (APIB). Sônia Guajajara comes from the Araribóia Indigenous Land, of the Guajajara people, Brazil.
- Michelle Cook (Diné/Navajo) is the founder and co-director of the Divest Invest Protect campaign. She is an indigenous human rights lawyer and a commissioner on the Navajo Human Rights Commission, Turtle Island, USA.
- Catalina Chumpi (Shuar), Coordinator of the Organization of Indigenous Women of Pastaza Province (COMNAP) and member of “Amazonian Women Defenders Against Extraction”, Ecuadorian Amazon.
*With translation and comments by Leila Salazar Lopez, Executive Director Amazon Watch
- LaDonna Brave Bull Allard (Lakota) Historian, member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and founder/landowner of Sacred Stone Camp, Turtle Island, USA.
- Melina Laboucan-Massimo (Lubicon Cree First Nation) Just Transition Director, Indigenous Climate Action, Canada.
- Event Organizer and Moderator: Osprey Orielle Lake, Executive Director of the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International
Registration requested but not required.Thank you!
Not in New York? You can live-stream this event on WECAN’s Facebook page.