Feb 1, 2021
Practicing Biocultural Restoration (Panel Discussion)
The first event in this series will be a presentation led by keynote speaker and celebrated author Robin Wall Kimmerer. Kimmerer’s Center for Native Peoples and the Environment defines biocultural restoration as “the science and practice of restoring not only ecosystems, but human and cultural relationships to place, so that cultures are strengthened and revitalized along with the lands to which they are inextricably linked.”
Please visit our website RRNW.org for additional details.
Kimmerer will be joined by a panel of local leaders and practitioners:
- Gabe Sheoships is the Executive Director of the Friends of Tryon Creek, where he leads efforts focused on community building, environmental stewardship and protection of the natural world. Gabe is Cayuse and Walla Walla, from the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Gabe has spent his life along the travel corridors and pathways of the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, following traditional migratory routes of his ancestors. Gabe has dedicated his life’s work to protecting Indigenous First Foods, encouraging healthy ecosystems and empowering people to act as stewards of the land and water.
- Brittani Orona is an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at UC Davis in Native American Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Human Rights. Brittani is interested in repatriation, federal Indian law, cultural resources management, indigenous environmental justice, and environmental history as they relate to California Indian tribes. Her dissertation research focuses on Hupa, Yurok, and Karuk perspectives of visual sovereignty, memory, human and water rights on the Klamath River Basin. She is currently a Board Advisor for Save California Salmon, a grassroots organization dedicated to protecting rivers through the restoration of flows and salmon habitat, removing dams, and improving water quality throughout Northern California. Brittani was a 2019 Switzer Environmental Fellow and the inaugural 2020 Incomindios-Lippuner Scholar.
- Charley Reed, Ayukii (Hello), huut kich (how are you)? Nani thuuy uum (my name is) Charley Reed. I am a Karuk, Hupa, and Yurok person of the Klamath-Trinity watershed in northern California. Although I am an enrolled Hoopa Valley Tribal member, I grew up in a Karuk household, primarily learning the language, practices and ceremonies of the Karuk people. Along with the rich lineage that I have inherited comes a great responsibility for my people, my cultures and our environment. One of my inherent responsibilities involves advocating for the future of our more-than-human relative, Spring Chinook salmon. Which is why I am attending Humboldt State University in pursuit of a Master’s degree in Environment and Community Social Science program. This degree will create a narrative that reaffirms Indigenous’ people's experiences, values and perspectives that my ancestors have learned for generations.
June 13-16, 2021: ACE20. American Water Works Association Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida. https://www.awwa.org/ace
Sep 12-16, 2021. 13th IWA Conference on Instrumentation, Control and Automation. Bejing, China. http://www.iwa-network.org/events/13th-iwa-conference-on-instrumentation-control-and-automation/
Postponed to 2022. 2020 Natural Channels Conference. University of Guelph, ON. https://naturalchannels.cwra.org/