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: Dr. 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 that works to create links and collaborations among scientists, researchers and Alaska Native communities.


Please save the date (December 2-3) and plan to 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.


This event will also correspond with two fall-term courses. HC 431H: Climate and Culture in the Americas will engage students in the UO Honors College on issues related to indigenous peoples, climate change impacts and adaptation, and environmental knowledge, with a particular focus on Latin America. ENVS 411/511: Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples will engage undergraduate and graduate students in Environmental Studies and other departments across campus in examining the impacts of climate change on tribal culture and sovereignty in North America. Students in both courses will interact with each other during the term, participate in the conference through oral and poster presentations, and engage keynote lecturers and visiting tribal college students.

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, the Office of the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion 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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