All workshops are held at Lane Community College Downtown Campus, 101 W. 10th Ave., and are free & open to the public! Saturday, October 5th!
The Buffalo Field Campaign
10:00am: Room #105
Journey through 21 years of resistance on behalf of the last of wild buffalo through archival footage, personal stories and music. The Buffalo Field Campaign is the only group working both in the field and in the policy arenas to stop the harassment and slaughter of America’s last wild buffalo. Formalized as a 501(c)(3) non profit in 1994, they also protect the natural habitat of wild free-roaming bison and other native wildlife, and stand with First Nations to honor the sacredness of wild buffalo. The primary goal is to create permanent year-round protection for bison and the ecosystem they depend on–including respect for the migratory needs of this long-exploited and clearly endangered species. 10:00am
Indigenous Rights & Environmental Justice
11:00am: Room #106
Bernadette Demientieff the Executive Director of GSC is Gwich’yaa Gwich’in; She was raised in Fort Yukon and a spent her summers in Venetie. Her great grandmother was Marcis (Horace) Moses from Old Crow YT Canada, and her grandfather Daniel Horace is from Fort Yukon. Bernadette is the mother of 5, and grandmother of 5 beautiful children. She takes this position very serious and has transformed her life to better serve her people. She stands strong to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge-Coastal Plain, The Porcupine Caribou Herd and the Gwich’in way of life. Bernadette sits on Native Movement Advisory Board, a member of the Defend the Sacred AK, also on the Alaskan Regional Board for NDN Collective, She participates in many women leadership activities and believes in the power of unity. “Our Identity is non negotiable, we will never sell our culture and our traditional life style for any amount of money.” She will discuss how the BLM is dismissing their concerns regarding the Arctic Refuge
Ruth Vargas-Forman is a Chilean psychotherapist and forensic psychologist who has worked extensively with national and international human rights organizations in promoting the use of the Istanbul Protocol and culturally sensitive psycho-forensic documentation. Dr. Vargas has offered expert testimony at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and at the United States Immigration Court. Ruth’s work explores the sanctions against Chile from the Inter-American Court for the wrongful application of the anti-terrorist law to the Mapuche leaders.
2:00pm: Room #106
Pete Frost, Western Environmental Law Center (WELC)
Karen Guillory, Outreach Specialist, Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW)
How to Talk to Kids About Climate – And Empower Them to Act!
4:30pm: Room #105
Mary DeMocker’s book, The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution (foreword by Bill McKibben) is a finalist for the 2019 Oregon Book Award and has been featured on Yale Climate Connections and recommended in The New York Times.
DeMocker lectures widely, including in a new NPR podcast about empowering families in the climate crisis. 4:30pm