Because of a deep relationship with the land and water, Indigenous peoples are among the first to notice changes in the climate. For the same reason, they are among the first to face the consequences. Indigenous peoples react to impacts in creative ways, drawing on traditional knowledge of how the natural world works.
Join the Maine Climate Table and Justice for Women for a conversation with three Indigenous women from different parts of the world to discuss their experiences with climate change, and the lessons we can all learn.
Joan is an author and activist with family from King Island (Ugiuvak) and Mary’s Igloo, Alaska (see email banner image). A 2019-2020 Hilles Bush Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Kane was a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry. Her essay collection, poetry books, and other works have earned her a number of literary prizes. She is one of the founding faculty of the graduate creative writing program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and is currently teaching at Tufts and Harvard.
Tui is a coastal farmer in New Zealand and native medicine practitioner, specializing in traditional livelihoods, eco-business development, and monitoring programs. She is extensively involved in indigenous diplomacy, with the United Nations in regards to Indigenous biological diversity and climate change, serving as a Pacific regional representative. Tui has worked with a number of Indigenous NGOs and scholars to help coordinate Indigenous strategies and participation at international fora to recognize and respect Indigenous rights.
Ruth is a Dena'ina Athabaskan and Ashkenazi Jewish member of the Curyung Tribe from the Lake Clark region of Alaska. She is a recent graduate from Brown University in Critical Development Studies with a focus on Indigenous resistance and liberation.