This will be a Q&A panel event with four Indigenous climate activists. The focus of this event will be to hear Indigenous perspectives on climate change and to create a space where Indigenous voices are centered within the climate conversation. Right now, Indigenous communities protect 80% of the world’s biodiversity and indigenous technologies are used in climate adaptation efforts; however, Indigenous activists are seldom given the same platforms and support as white activists. This panel will provide the Columbia Climate Conversations community with the opportunity to consider how sustainability, resilience and world-building look from diverse Indigenous perspectives.
Tia Kennedy is an Indigenous activist and leader in what is now known as "Canada." She carries Anishinabee and Haudenosaunee teachings from Oneida Nation of the Thames and Walpole Island First Nation. Tia is a decolonial educator and is the founder of an anti-racism consulting firm, Kiinew Kwe. She has worked as a consultant for non-profit organizations, government bodies, corporations, and universities. Her work has allowed her to support Indigenous peoples across the globe and has given her opportunities to speak about climate change on international platforms. She is a passionate caretaker for Mother Earth and wants to ensure the next generations have a place to call home.
Chenae Bullock is an enrolled Shinnecock Nation citizen and descendant of the Montauk Tribe in Long Island New York. She is also African American. Chenae is an entrepreneur, pioneer, Indigenous perspective historian, and cultural practitioner. Following her ancestors footsteps as whalers and business leaders, the foundation of her work has been based on the resurgence of the traditional canoe culture of the northeast coastal Algonquin communities. She has organized historically sacred paddles in the ancient waterways of the northeastern seaboard. Some of her most recent work has led her to assess for signs of submerged cultural history for the Atlantic Shores Cultural Core Analysis. She successfully served as a Tribal Alternate on behalf of the Shinnecock Nation for the Mid-Atlantic Committee on the Ocean, which facilitates coordination and collaboration among governmental entities and stakeholders to enhance the vitality of our region’s ocean ecosystem.
T. Cleopatra Doley
This conversation will be hosted over Zoom and will be moderated by Columbia undergraduate student and Columbia Climate Conversations creator, Lauren Ritchie. The event will be open to anyone who RSVPs, not limited to only Columbia Students.