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Climate Defenders: Indigenous Leadership

Solving the climate crisis requires the leadership of Indigenous Peoples, who have been caring for their lands for millennia. From the boreal forests and tundras of Canada and Alaska to the bayous of Louisiana, Indigenous Nations and activists are protecting some of the world's most carbon-rich places and pioneering ways of adapting to a changing world.

Join a panel of Indigenous leaders from Canada and the United States in a discussion of their efforts to protect their homelands, ways of life, and the global climate. 

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  • Mandy Gull, Deputy Grand Chief of Cree Nation Government (Cree Nation)
  • Bernadette Demientieff, Executive Director, Gwich'in Steering Committee (Gwich'in Nation)
  • Patricia Ferguson-Bohnee, Director of the Indian Legal Clinic, Sandra Day O'Conor College of Law (Pointe-au-Chien Tribe)
  • Chloe Dragon Smith, Land Relations Consultant, Bushkids NWT (Dënesųłiné-Metis)

Moderated by Neil Patterson, Jr., Assistant Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment (Tuscarora Nation)

This event is part of the Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change program of Climate Week NYC.