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Saturday, October 20 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Lessons from the Oil Fields, Wisdom from the Forest
Co-sponsored by Amazon Frontlines and the Ceibo Alliance
The territory of the Amazon’s Indigenous peoples is some of the most biodiverse (and most threatened) rainforest on our planet. What does Indigenous stewardship of the Amazon look like in the 21st century? What are the risks, threats and opportunities? Come hear from a team working on the frontlines of community-led resistance to predatory resource extraction. They’ll illustrate current approaches to on-the-ground action in the Amazon, the risk of losing the ancestral knowledge of native Amazonians, the opportunities and pitfalls of global solidarity, and what this all means for conservation movements worldwide. Hosted by Mitch Anderson, founder and Executive Director of Amazon Frontlines. With: Nemonte Nenquimo (Waorani) founding member of the Ceibo Alliance; Hernan Payaguaje (Seikopai) Executive Director of the Ceibo Alliance; Luke Weiss, Coordinator of the Cultural Recovery and Territorial Mapping programs at Amazon Frontlines; Brian Parker, Legal Rights Defenders Program Coordinator at Amazon Frontlines; Justin Winters, Executive Director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

Keynote Speakers
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Nemonte Nenquimo

Ceibo Alliance
Nemonte Nenquimo, raised in the traditional Waorani community of Nemonpare in Ecuador, is one of the founding members of the indigenous organization Ceibo Alliance, which works to defend Indigenous people's lands and rights in the Ecuadorian Amazon region. Nemonte is also passionately... Read More →
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Hernan Payaguaje

Ceibo Alliance
Hernan Payaguaje, from the Siekopai community of San Pablo on the Aguarico River, comes from a long lineage of healers. One of the first of his people to attend university, he is a founding member and Executive Director of the pan-tribal frontline Indigenous group, the Ceibo Alliance... Read More →
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Justin Winters

Executive Director, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation
Justin Winters, Executive Director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation (dedicated to ensuring the long-term health and wellbeing of all Earth's inhabitants by building climate resiliency, protecting wildlife and restoring balance to ecosystems and communities), has successfully built... Read More →

Workshop Speakers
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Mitch Anderson

Mitch Anderson, founder and Executive Director of Amazon Frontlines, has spent the past 15 years supporting the struggles of indigenous peoples across the Americas. In 2011 he moved to Ecuador to work on clean water projects with Indigenous communities living downriver from contaminating... Read More →
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Brian Parker

Brian Parker, an attorney, is the Legal Rights Defenders Program Coordinator at Amazon Frontlines. He has had the privilege of participating in a number of Indigenous communities’ struggles for their rights as well as working with members of the Ceibo Alliance to design a comprehensive... Read More →
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Luke Weiss

Luke Weiss combines his experience living in the Amazon with the Secoya people for 20+ years with a Masters’ degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies to coordinate the Cultural Recovery and Territorial Mapping programs at Amazon Frontlines. He and his family... Read More →


Saturday October 20, 2018 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Veterans Memorial Auditorium (VMA)