Honoring Mother Earth Everyday: Indigenous Models and Practices for Sustainable Communities

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Monday, April 23, 2012 - 03:00 to Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 20:30

Join Woodbine Ecology Center during Mother Earth Day weekend for a participatory conference exploring indigenous models for sustainable communities.

Participate in conversations about indigenous principles and practices, sustainable communities, food security and sovereignty, land struggles, reclaiming and regenerating our common environment, ecological health and healing, and more.
Network with indigenous people and other communities of color, permaculturists, environmentalists, and fellow community members.
Connect with ongoing and planned projects, events, and collaborative opportunities.

Guest Panelists include (full schedule below):

  • Winona LaDuke, Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg who lives and works on the White Earth Reservation in Minnesota, author, founder of White Earth Land Recovery Project, and the Indigenous Women's Network.
  • Debra Harry, Kooyooee Dukaddo (Northern Paiute) from the Pyramid Lake Reservation in Nevada, Executive Director, Indigenous Peoples Council on Biocolonialism, and Co-Coordinator, North American Indigenous Peoples Caucus to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
  • Louise Benally, Dine' traditional activist from Big Mountain and health educator.
  • David Bartecchi, Executive Director of Village Earth, program director for Lakota Lands Recovery Project, trainer, organizer.
  • Rick Garcia, manager of The Urban Farm in Denver CO.
  • Mary O' Brien, herbalist, permaculturist, and educator.
  • Ietef Cavem Vita, an Eco Cultivator at GOING GREEN LIVING BLING, Blue and Yellow Logic & GREEN FOR ALL and the founder of the Brown Suga Youth Fest.
  • The Community Conversation will be co-facilitated by staff from Civic Canopy, a Denver-based inclusive network of partners working together to build stronger neighborhoods, healthier communities, and a more civil society. Furthermore, Civic Canopy will be working with WEC to hold several follow up sessions with attendees and the general public around the greater Denver-Metro area throughout the year.

Dr. Gregory Cajete was confirmed but he will not be able to attend for family reasons. We are very excited to have Dr. Debra Harry join us for the weekend.

Meals: Yes, Saturday breakfast through Sunday breakfast.

Lodging: Space in our dorm rooms are available on a first come, first serve basis for an additional $30.00 for two nights (you need to bring your own pillow, blanket or sleeping bag, and towel ). You may camp with your own equipment for free but nights can be cold that time of the year. Due to very dry conditions there is a fire ban in Sedalia and campfires are strictly prohibited.

Cost: In order to make our programs as accessible as possible while still covering our costs we have a four tier fee structure. Please pay the highest amount that you can so that we may offer lower fees to others. Registration information can be found on our registration page. Limited work trade and scholarship opportunities are available.

Registration is closed.
There will be no same-day registration possible.

  • Supporter: $150-$350
  • Regular: $135
  • Lower Income: $75-$125
  • Registered Volunteer: $55

If your organization is interested in co-sponsoring this event please contact us.

Schedule of events (subject to change)

Friday, April 22, 2011
4:00 - 5:30 pm Participant Arrival and Check-in
6:00 - 6:30 pm - Opening (Woodbine)
6:30 - 7:30 pm - "Acknowledging the Rights of Mother Earth -- An Idea Long Overdue" Keynote by Winona LaDuke
7:30 - 8:00 pm - Q & A/Discussion
8:00 - 9:00 pm - Reception

Saturday, April 23, 2011
8:00 - 8:45 am - Breakfast
9:00 -10:30 am Food Security and Sovereignty (Winona LaDuke, David Bartecchi, Rick Garcia,)
10:45 -12:15 pm - Ecological Health and Healing (Louise Benally, Mary O'Brien)
12:30 -1:45 pm Lunch
2:00 - 3:30 pm "Indigenous Traditional Knowledge: Lessons for a Sustainable Future" by Debra Harry
3:45 - 5:15 pm Community Conversation: What does sustainable community inspired by indigenous practices mean to us? (Facilitated by Civic Canopy and Woodbine)
5:30 - 6:45 pm Dinner
7:00 - 8:30 pm Biocolonialism and Land Struggles (Debra Harry, Louise Benally, Glenn Morris, Robert Chanate)

Sunday, April 24, 2011
8:00 - 8:45 am Breakfast
9:00 - 10:30 am Community Action: Developing action steps towards sustainable community.
11:00 - 11:30 am Closing




  • Center Location: 2584 N. State Hwy 67 | Sedalia, CO 80135
  • Mailing Address: PO Box 1253 | Littleton, CO 80160