July Advocacy & Water Protection Speaker Series to focus on Native advocacy through arts, culture and health
Humboldt State University Native American Studies Department
Save California Salmon
Every Friday this July at noon Native American artists, scholars, food and health advocates, and cultural leaders will present on how water protection and art, health, culture, and food intersect as part of Humboldt State University’s Native American Studies (NAS) Department and Save California Salmon’s Advocacy & Water Protection Speaker Series and Certification Program.
Organizers of the series emphasize that water protection is not only about policy advocacy and organizing actions. Art, health and culture are central to water protection efforts in Native American communities.
"Environmental injustice is at the very heart of all struggles facing Indigenous people today,” said Brittani Orona, University of California Davis NAS Ph.D. Candidate and Save California Salmon Board Advisor. “Native people have continuously protected their homelands from eco-facism, extraction, and destruction. The Indigenous Environmental Justice series details the innovative ways that Native people engage in environmental protection beyond policy through art, culture, and food sovereignty."
The second installment of Save California Salmon and Humboldt State University’s Native Americans Studies three-part Advocacy & Water Protection in Native California training and certificate program will focus on water rights advocacy as it relates to culture, environmental justice, and community. The concept, “Water is Life” is a fundamental tenet of water rights advocacy and traditional ecological knowledge; this theme carries throughout the module. The panels in this series will explore grassroots movements, indigenous environmental justice, art, food sovereignty, culture, and community resilience as they relate to water justice in different watersheds.
Assistant Professor Kaitlin Reed from Humboldt State University’s Native American Studies department emphasizes that art, health and culture are critical aspects of water and land protection, as well as an important act of resistance to contemporary settler colonial natural resource management.
“Indigenous environmental justice must necessarily engage with ongoing structures of settler colonialism and land dispossession,” explains Reed. “Settler colonial orientations to land and water that seek to commodify and control facilitate violence against both Native peoples and the environment — which cannot be disentangled. Reclaiming traditional lifeways — through arts, foods, and other cultural practices — must be understood as Indigenous resistance and resilience.”
All webinars are at noon on Fridays. July courses include:
July 3rd, CORE Course - Grassroots Advocacy & Indigenous Environmental Justice with Tia Oros Peters from Seventh Generation Fund, Morning Star University of California Davis and Save California Salmon Board Advisor
July 10th - Arts as Activism: Protecting Land, Water & Life with Julian Lang, (Karuk/Shasta/Wiyot), Lyn Risling, (Hupa/Yurok/Karuk) and Kateri Masten (Hupa/Yurok/Karuk/Shasta/Abanaki)
July 17th - Cultural Revitalization on the Water: Canoe Traditions in the Pacific Northwest with Chris Peters - Seventh Generation Fund, Josh Norris - Yurok Economic Development Corporation, and Jullian Mathews, Nimipuu Protecting the Environment.
July 24 - The River Feeds Us: Food Sovereignty & Community Resilience with Hillary Renick - First Nations Development Institute, Meagan Baldy - Klamath Trinity Resource Conservation District, and Cody Henrikson - Humboldt State University Food Sovereignty Lab
July 31 - Salmon and Acorns Feed Our People: Connections Between Health & Environmental Justice with Dr. Kari Norgaard and Ryan Reed - University of Oregon.
All webinars are streamed on facebook live and archived on Humboldt State University’s Native American Studies YouTube and Facebook pages.
Registration is at https://tinyurl.com/y9sym12d.
More information and links to June’s State of the Salmon webinars and presentations are at: https://www.californiasalmon.org/educational-and-youth-resources.