Curated Conversation: Indigenous Women in Activism
6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23
Note: This curated conversation takes place prior to the “Awake: A Dream From Standing Rock” film screening at 7 p.m.
Activism has been a large part of the Indigenous experience. The marginalization of Indigenous peoples is a common narrative. From basic civil rights to subsistence threats and systematic decimation of language and culture, Indigenous peoples have been fighting for their way life since contact. In recent years, the threat to our essential resources, in this case water, is shared amongst Indigenous peoples across the nation. The issues addressed at Standing Rock are similar, and in some areas identical, to the issues Alaska continues face with drilling in the Arctic. Hear from some of the Indigenous women who traveled to the Standing Rock, including, Lisa Wade, health and social services and education director for the Chickaloon Village Traditional Council; Kari Shaginoff, program manager ANA Nay’dini’aa Na’ Kayax Dahwdoldiix Ce’e Project, Chickaloon Village Traditional Council; Vi Waghiyi, environmental health and justice program director, Alaska Community Action on Toxins; Faith Grimmell-Federson, community organizer, REDOIL; and Meda DeWitt, co-founder, Haa Jooni. They have devoted themselves to protecting land, culture and water, and will share their experiences in activism as Indigenous persons, as women and as Alaskans. Included with admission, which is half-price.