19 April 2010
A grandmother and member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation who resides in Regina, Saskatchewan. She is an educator and a researcher with a BA, BEd, and MEd in Curriculum and Instruction. She also was part of a team that developed a Masters of Indigenous Education Program at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Chiapas (UNACH) in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico and a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Development and Management at UNACH in San Cristobal, Chiapas, Mexico. She was a member of the Indigenous Environmental Network delegation participating in the 2009 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) global negotiations on climate change. Susuna comes from one of the most destructive oil developments in the world, called the tar sands. The United States is importing millions of barrels of oil from the Canadian tar sands, which is contributing to the genocide of the Dene and Cree indigenous peoples of Northern Canada and to the destruction of Mother Earth. [Speaks Spanish]
Jihan is the lead organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network’s Native Energy Campaign. Jihan Gearon is Dine’ (Navajo) and African American. She is Tódích’ií’nii (Bitter Water) clan, and her maternal grandfather is Tl’ashchí’í (Red Bottom People) clan. She is a graduate of Stanford University with a Bachelors of Science in Earth Systems and a focus in Energy Science and Technology. Jihan comes from an indigenous territory negatively impacted from coal, uranium, oil and natural gas development. In her position as Native Energy Organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, Jihan works to build the capacity of communities throughout the U.S. and Canada who are impacted by energy development and climate change. Jihan is a member of the Steering Committee of the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative (USA), a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Grassroots for Global Justice alliance (USA) and a member of Mobilization for Climate Justice, a North American activist alliance. Jihan was a participant in the COP 11 UNFCCC in Montreal in 2005 and participated in the COP 14 in Poznan, Poland in 2008 and the COP 15, UNFCCC in Copenhagen in 2009. Jihan was a delegate in the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change held in Anchorage, Alaska in 2009.Faith Gemmill–Gwich’in territories in Alaska, U.S.
Faith is the executive director of REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands), an Alaska Native grassroots alliance formed in 2002 by a group of Alaska Natives representing each region of Alaska to share knowledge, experience and strategies to address the detrimental impacts of oil and gas development. Faith and the REDOIL network addresses the disproportionate impacts of the fossil fuel industry on Alaska Native sovereignty and self-determination, subsistence, human and ecological health and climate change. Faith is an advocate for demanding a moratorium on any new fossil fuel development in and near indigenous lands. Faith Gemmill is a Pit River/ Wintu and Neets’aii Gwich’in Athabascan from Arctic Village, Alaska. Faith previously worked on behalf of the Gwich’in Nation for over ten years as a representative, public spokesperson and Gwich’in Steering Committee staff to address the potential human health and cultural impacts of proposed oil development and production of the birthplace and nursery of the Porcupine Caribou Herd which is located within the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Faith continues as a public spokesperson, press and tribal liaison and human rights advocate. Faith has represented the Gwich’in Nation within appropriate mechanisms of the United Nations to advocate for the recognition of Gwich’in human rights as well as work for the rights and recognition of Indigenous Peoples.
Kandi is the IEN Tribal College Climate organizer from the Fort Berthold Reservation within the state of North Dakota. She graduated from the University of North Dakotas Earth Systems Science and Policy Program in December of 2006 and now holds a Masters of Environmental Management. She began working for the Indigenous Environmental Network as the Tribal Campus Climate Challenge (TCCC) Organizer in February of 2007. As a Native organizer for IEN-TCCC, she works with Native students and faculty at more than 40 Tribal Colleges across Canada and the U.S. The goal of the program is to leverage the power of young indigenous people to organize on Tribal college campuses and high schools in order to win Clean Energy policies at their schools. Since then, over 30 tribal colleges have been engaged in the TCCC and have worked on projects ranging from light bulb swaps and community tree plantings to small-scale community solar panel installations and community gardens. The TCCC’s goals are to support initiatives within tribal colleges that connect students to environmental justice and climate justice issues in their communities in line with Indigenous traditional knowledge and belief systems. Kandi was a delegate to the COP 15 in Copenhagen and a delegate at the Indigenous Peoples’ Global Summit on Climate Change held in Anchorage, Alaska in 2009. Kandi was on the planning committee for the Native Peoples Native Homelands Climate Workshop II: An Indigenous Response to the Challenge, in November 2009 in Shakopee, Minnesota. Kandi helped in the drafting of the Mystic Lake Declaration, a national Indigenous statement on climate change.Manny Pino–Acoma indigenous territories in New Mexico, U.S.
He is a co-founder of a tribal grassroots group called Laguna Acoma for a Safe Environment and is a professor of sociology, President of the Board of Directors of the Indigenous Environmental Network and Director of American Indian Studies at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. Manuel has worked in the area of American Indians and the environment for the past twenty-eight years with an emphasis on uranium mining and nuclear fuel cycle issues impacting Indigenous Peoples throughout North America. Manual comes from an indigenous community directly impacted by uranium mining. Uranium is a fuel for the nuclear industry. Mr. Pino was one of two indigenous environmental activists to be presented with the 2008 award, Nuclear-Free Future Award, in Munich, Germany.
Robert Thompson–Inupiaq, from Kaktovik Village, Alaska, U.S.
He is from one of the most remote northern villages at the “top of the world”, in Alaska. An advisory grassroots member of REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands), an Alaska Native grassroots alliance formed in 2002 by a group of Alaska Natives representing each region of Alaska to share knowledge, experience and strategies to address the detrimental impacts of oil and gas development. Robert is a whaler, subsistence hunter and guide and has been experiencing firsthand the changing climate and unpredictability of weather patterns. Robert was a delegate at the 2005 COP 11 of the UNFCCC in Montreal Canada. Robert has been one of the activists speaking out against the USA proposal to pursue offshore oil drilling by opening the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas off Alaska to a barrage of new oil and gas development.
Chibon Tekatsi’tsanken Littlebear Everst–(Mohawk), Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada. A grassroots youth leader is a member of the Bear Clan from the Mohawk Nation of Kahnawake. As a young aboriginal leader, Tekatsi’tsanken believes in taking a stand and supporting every initiative toward the betterment and honor of indigenous communities and the lands. He is looking for opportunities for networking, meeting with other young people and looking for solutions to sustainability.
Daygot Leeyos Edwards–(Oneida), New York, U.S. Daygot is a young female lyricist and producer from Oneida Nation of the Wolf Clan. Her music empowers, educates, and uplifts our consciousness, with lyrics reflecting the struggles and triumphs of being a spiritual human being. She mixes together collages of words and melodies to deliver a message of inspiration to all. She is a spiritual activist using an indigenous traditional and environmental justice framework in her messaging to the world. She was an IEN delegate to the COP 14 UNFCCC in Poznan, Poland and at the COP 15 UNFCCC in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Areas of Expertise: Migrant’s rights, international migration, intersection of trade and climate on migration
Camila is working with Global Justice Ecology Project, running the South American office from Porto Alegre, Brazil. Her research worked is concerned with genetically engineered trees, agrofuels, agribusiness expansion, and the connections to social and ecological human rights. She works in Brazil as a lawyer; researcher at Terra de Direitos, a Brazilian NGO working on land rights and is a member of the Political Ecology working group of the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales). She is a Doctoral Candidate at the Graduate Program in Social Sciences in Development, Agriculture and Society of the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (CPDA/UFRRJ).
Agrofuels, peasant movements, agribusiness expansion in Brazil, biotechnology and GMO impacts on peasant and family farm agriculture, Amazon deforestation dynamics, territorial conflicts in the Amazon region, political ecology/emerging environmental social movements
Global Justice Ecology Project,Terra de Direitos; Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales
Portuguese, Spanish, English
Biographical Information: Environmental activist of Maori descent; has been involved in various forest related for over a decade;); lectures on Kaitiakitanga (Maori Environmental Resource Management); teaches International Environmental Policy and Research papers, Chairman of the Pacific Indigenous Peoples Environmental Coalition (PIPEC), Aotearoa/New Zealand; Oceania regional focal point for the Global Forest Coalition; forests and past climate and forests campaigner for Friends of the Earth New Zealand; past Advisory Board member for article 8j report (CBD); past advisory board member to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment; TLCEPA and WCPA member (IUCN).
Area of Expertise/Specialties: Plantations and agrofuels; Pacific climate impacts; Indigenous Peoples rights and protected areas; forests and climate change; climate change and biodiversity; climate justice; climate refugees.
Affiliate Organizations: PIPEC; Global Forest Coalition; Te Wananga O Aotearoa; FoENZ;
Affiliate Organizations: World Rainforest Movement, Latin American Network against Monoculture Tree Plantations
Asia Pacific Research Network
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact