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Indigenous Lands & Bodies: How the Impacts of Climate Change Contribute to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples

May 3, 2024
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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Earl Hall (Dodge Room), Columbia University, 2980 Broadway, New York

Event Description

This event will highlight the intersections of climate change and the Missing and Murder Indigenous Peoples (MMIP) crisis to explore how Indigenous peoples are affected by land degradation aided by mass extraction of natural resources. 

The first part of the event will focus on Kianna Pete’s collaboration with the Urban Indigenous Collective to create a toolkit that: 

  • Provides clarity on the complexity of the MMIP crisis and analysis of why Indigenous peoples continue to endure disproportionate violence.
  • Bridges Indigenous studies and community knowledge (data sovereignty) to the climate justice movement.
  • Serves as an educational resource for Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to learn about the issue and take action.

This will be followed by a panel discussion sharing experiences of how land connects to human-wellbeing. 

Event Speakers

  • Kier Blake, Co-Founder of Start:Empowerment
  • Eva Brander Blackhawk, President of the Native American Council of Columbia University
  • Kawenniiosta Jock, President of Waterfall Unity Alliance
  • Sutton King, Co-Founder of Urban Indigenous Collective
  • Kianna Pete, Graduate Research Assistant at Teachers College

Event Information

Open to Columbia University ID holders; registration required. Please email [email protected] with any questions. 

Hosted by the Center for Science and Society. This project is part of a 2023 Center for Science and Society Public Outreach Grant. Co-sponsored by the Native American Council at Columbia University.