Women's Earth & Climate Action Network, International
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Indigenous Women of the Americas Protecting Mother Earth: Struggles and Climate Change Solutions - May 12, New York City

Casey Camp Horinek (Ponca Nation leader and WECAN Special Projects Advisor) presents during an International Women’s Day March with women of seven Indigenous nationalities of the Ecuadorian Amazon in Puyo, Ecuador March 2016. Pictured with Leila Salazar-López (Executive Director of Amazon Watch) – Photo by Emily Arasim

Join us for a dynamic afternoon event, ‘Indigenous Women of the Americas Protecting Mother Earth: Struggles and Climate Change Solutions', to be presented at the United Nations Church Center in New York City on Thursday May 12, 2016 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm - 10th floor conference room.

This public event will be held in parallel to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues happening in NYC at this time, with the expressed purpose of ensuring that the vital voices of Indigenous women leaders are heard by the public, media and government representatives during the formal UN processes.

Outstanding Indigenous presenters of North and South America will speak out against the environmentally and socially destructive activities and policies threatening their homelands, and present the visions and strategies with which they are working to shape a healthy and equitable future for their communities and the Earth. Their diverse struggles and solutions will be contextualized within a frame of rapid climate change, health issues, biologic and cultural diversity loss, and destructive economic frameworks – demonstrating just why honoring Indigenous rights and knowledge is so essential for the survival and prosperity of us all.

The Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network is honored to co-host this event with our allies at Amazon Watch and the Indigenous Environmental Network.


  • Casey Camp Horinek – Ponca Nation Leader, WECAN Special Projects Advisor and Advisory Council Member, Oklahoma, USA
  • Alicia Hueiya Cahuilla - Vice President of the Huaorani Nationality, Amazon of Ecuador
  • Kandi Mossett (via Skype) - Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Native Energy & Climate Campaign Organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network, North Dakota, USA
  • Crystal Lameman - Beaver Lake Cree Nation Treaty Coordinator and Communications Manager, Alberta, Canada
  • Gloria Ushigua - President of the Association of Sapara Women, Amazon of Ecuador
  • Aura Tegria Cristancho - Asou'Wa Legal Advisor, U'wa leader, Colombia
  • With commentary by Leo Cerda (Amazon Watch) and Osprey Orielle Lake (Women's Earth and Climate Action Network)

Click here to view full speaker biographies

Indigenous women leaders from across North and South America united at a WECAN event with international allies during the United Nations COP20 in Lima, Peru


Indigenous Women of the Americas Protecting Mother Earth: Struggles and Climate Change Solutions

Thursday May 12, 2016  from 1:00 – 3:00 pm 

Church Center of the United Nations, 10th floor

777 United Nations Plaza #8g, New York, NY 10017


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