3rd Annual Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples Conference

The University of Oregon will host the 3rd Annual Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples Conference and Student Symposium on December 2-3, 2014. The University will welcome two distinguished keynote speakers to the conference: Myrna Cunningham Kain and Patricia Cochran. Dr. Cunningham Kain is an internationally renowned advocate for Indigenous peoples’ rights and women’s rights who has served Indigenous peoples in countless fashions, most recently as chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (2011-2013). Patricia Cochran is currently Executive Director of the Alaska Native Science Commission (ANSC), an organization which works to create links and collaboration science, research and Alaska Native communities. In addition to this important work, Cochran serves on numerous boards and committees as an advocate for the health of Alaska Native and Indigenous peoples. Please join us in welcoming these two prominent Indigenous leaders to this conference, which promises to promote dialogue, understanding and collaboration on issues of climate change facing indigenous people today.

About the Keynote Lecture: Indigenous people are disproportionately affected by climate change and natural disasters, yet they are often marginalized from policy and academic discussions. Moreover, discussion of indigenous people and climate change opens up much broader discussion about environmental epistemologies across diverse cultures, as well as environmental management, race and class dynamics, and the intersection of local, national, and global issues.

Sponsors: This event is co-sponsored by the UO Williams FundUO Robert D. Clark Honors College, the UO Environmental Studies Program, the UO Climate Change Research Group and other departments and groups on campus. The lecture is also part of the Tribal Climate Change Project, a collaborative project between the UO Environmental Studies Program and the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station.

For more information, contact: Kathy Lynn, UO Environmental Studies Program (541-346-5777, kathy@uoregon.edu) or Mark Carey, UO Clark Honors College (541-346-8077, carey@uoregon.edu).

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