IEN Rights of Mother Earth Conference video play list

April 4-6, 2012, the Indigenous Environmental Network hosted a profound 3 day Rights of Mother Earth Conference at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.

Alliances are being formed globally of Indigenous and non-indigenous groups and individuals committed to creating a system of jurisprudence that sees and treats nature and Mother Earth as a fundamental, rights bearing entity. A paradigm, that is based on Indigenous thought and philosophy needs to be forwarded which grants equal rights to nature and which honors the interrelation in all life.

This is the greatest challenge facing humanity in the 21st Century. How do we re-orientate the dominant industrialized societies so that they pursue human well-being in a manner that contributes to the health of our Mother Earth instead of undermining it? In other words – how do we live in harmony with Nature?

Indigenous Peoples from the North and Global South came together to learn and to have a discourse about this Rights of Mother Earth, Rights of Nature movement. Each session was video taped and streamlined live during the conference.

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IEN Rights of Mother Earth Conference

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Video Playlists were based on the Agenda below:

Wednesday, April 4

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Welcome: Dr. Daniel Wildcat, Dean of Social Natural Sciences
Introduction: Tom BK Goldtooth, Executive Director, Indigenous Environmental Network

9:30 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.
Wild Law: A Manifesto for Earth Justice – Cormac Cullinan, Environmental Attorney, S. Africa

10:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
What is Wild Law and Rights of Nature: New Constructs of Self Determination – Ben Price, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

11:00 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.
Ecuadorian Process Defending Indigenous Territories With Rights of Mother Earth: Patricia Gualinga Montalvo, Spiritual Indigenous Leader, Sarayaku, Ecuador

11:25 a.m. – 12:05 a.m.
Environmental Law, Federal Indian Law, Cultural Heritage, and Rights of Mother Earth: Dean Suagee, Native Attorney, Washington D.C.

12:05 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
Foundations for Indigenous Thought Renee Gurneau

12:35 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Setting the Framework for Working Groups: Kandi Mossett, IEN Staff

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Report Back from Working Groups

4:30 p.m. – 5: 30 p.m.
Open Mic: Response from Conference Participants


Introduction to the Day and Agenda Review: Tom BK Goldtooth

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Spiritual Introspective

10:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Continuation of Spiritual Dialogue

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Navajo Nation Policy – The Peace Keepers: Robert Yazzie, attorney and educator, Dine College

1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Rights of Indigenous Nations, Its Peoples & Lands: Steven Newcomb, author

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Perspectives from Alaska, Alannah Hurley
Perspectives from the Tar Sands, Clayton Thomas-Muller, Canadian Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Open Mic: Reflection Dialogue


9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
It’s Time For Indigenous Solutions: Dr. Daniel Wildcat

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Global Voices on Rights of Mother Earth: Marlon Santi, Sarayaku, Ecuador – MKalani Souza, Pacific Islands and Others

11:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Perspectives From Our Youth & Students – Save The Marsh

1:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
What’s Next? Strategic Planning and Development for Rights of Mother Earth, Our Grassroots Organizations and Tribal Leadership

4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Reflection and Analysis

The Global Alliance was privileged to participate and proud to be a collaborating sponsor for the event.

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