Today it is clear that Indigenous peoples everywhere are—and always have been—the miner’s canary on a global scale. In a hyper-industrialized, super-exploitative world, what happens to indigenous peoples will eventually happen to everyone.
Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos and an independent educator in American Indian environmental policy and other issues. She is the author of As Long As Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock (2019) and co-author (with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz) of “All the Real Indians Died Off”: And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans (2016). She is currently working on a new book with the working title Illegitimate Nation: Privilege, Race, and Accountability in the U.S. Settler State.
Dina will draw from her forthcoming book to argue that a sustainable future must simultaneously incorporate Indigenous knowledge and a decolonial ethic of political accountability to Indigenous nations for its ongoing genocidal settler structure.
The fallout of imperialism and all its attendant technologies has brought humankind to an existential crisis, with climate change and now pandemics as interlinked threats. This talk highlights the wisdom contained in Indigenous knowledge systems as a way to imagine a sustainable human future.
- Dr. Michael J. SorrellTuesday, Oct. 12, 10:00 a.m. ETPresident, Paul Quinn College
- Zamzam IbrahimWednesday, Oct. 13, 10:00 a.m. ETVice President, The European Students' Union (ESU)
- Chloe MaxminWednesday, Oct. 13, 10:00 a.m. ETMaine State Senator
- Daphne FriasWednesday, Oct. 13, 10:00 a.m. ETYouth Organizer
- Dr. Ian Haney LópezWednesday, Oct. 13, 4:00 p.m. ETChief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Public Law at the University of California, Berkeley
- Heather McGheeThursday, Oct. 14, 10:00 a.m. ETAuthor
- Dr. Tracey OsborneThursday, Oct. 14, 4:15 p.m. ETDirector, UC Center for Climate Justice Associate Professor and UC Presidential Endowed Chair, Management of Complex Systems, UC Merced
- Dr. Stephen SterlingThursday, Oct. 14, 4:15 p.m. ETEmeritus Professor of Sustainability Education, Plymouth University
- Dr. Madhavi VenkatesanThursday, Oct. 14, 4:15 p.m. ETAssistant Teaching Professor of Economics, Northeastern University