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Winona LaDuke Coming to Trent University

"An already fantastic conference has just been greatly enhanced" said Lynne Davis, Trent Native Studies Professor and one of the organizers for the Conflict and the Environment: Globalization and Resistance Conference being held at Trent on November 21 and 22. "Winona LaDuke is an outstanding environmental activist, feminist and Anishnaabe leader who will bring depth and breath to the discussion suggested by the conference title" says Dr. Davis, who uses writings of Winona LaDuke in several of her courses.

Winona LaDuke will be speaking on Saturday at 1:30 – 3 p.m. in the Wenjack Theatre at Trent on the east bank. Winona was vice presidential running mate to Ralph Nader's presidential bid in 1996 and was named Woman of the Year by Ms. Magazine in 1997. She heads the White Earth Land Recovery Project in her community and extends her local knowledge to aboriginal land issues across the U.S. and the world. Her books are highly acclaimed. All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land & Life and the novel Last Standing Woman chronicle people's struggle to restore culture and life.

Tickets for Winona LaDuke's presentation cost $20 waged and $5-$10 unwaged (or pay what you can). They can be bought in advance from the YWCA, Simcoe Street, the Speaking Volumes Bookstore on George, north of Brock, as well as the Native Studies Office and the Kawartha World Issues Centre at Trent. Note that the rest of the conference is free.

Marcelina Salazar, one of the student organizers does not want the public to miss the conference itself. "We have a very strong panel on the Friday night, and after they speak, we will honour Rodney Bobiwash, a former Trent professor and leader in globalization issues who died last year. Saturday morning, two more excellent speakers bring concrete examples of conflict and environment as affected by globalization and resistance. Workshops before and after Winona's talk bring the world to Peterborough: Sierra Leone, Colombia, Thailand, and Iraq as well as Canadian Indigenous issues from coast to coast – Miq'mac, Algonquin, and west coast."

Winona LaDuke (Ojibwe) is an internationally renowned Native American Indian activist and advocate for environmental, women's, and children's rights. She is the founder and Campaign Director of the White Earth Land Recovery Project, a reservation-based land acquisition, environmental advocacy, and cultural organization. She is also founder and co-chair of the Indigenous Women's Network.

LaDuke organizes and hosts the annual "Honor the Earth" tour in conjunction with the folk-rock duo, the Indigo Girls, with whom she was named by Ms. magazine 1997 Woman of the Year. She joined Ralph Nader as his Vice Presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections. In 1988, LaDuke won the Reebok Human Rights Award, launching the White Earth Land Recovery Project with the proceeds. In 1994 Time magazine named her one of the "50 For the Future," the country's most promising leaders under age 40. She has also been profiled in People, Sierra, E and Minnesota Monthly magazines. LaDuke has written extensively on national environmental issues. She is the author of All Our Relations: Native Struggles for Land and Life (South End Press) and the novel, Last Standing Woman, in which she chronicles a Native American reservation and its people's struggle to restore their culture. LaDuke lives with her family on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.

Conference Details:


November 21 and 22, 2003, Wenjack Theatre, Trent University

Friday, November 21, 7 - 9:30 P.M.

Opening Ceremonies

Speakers: Kenneth Deere, Indigenous Rights & Issues at the United Nations
Fernando Hernandez: Chiapas and the Plan Puebla Pan America
To-Be-Confirmed: Global Environment and Conflict – Focus Iraq

Honouring Ceremony for Rodney Bobiwash

Saturday, November 22, 10 A.M.-5 P.M.

Opening Plenary

Speakers: Judy Da Silva, Grassy Narrows
Deborah McGregor: Biodiversity and the Great Lakes

Concurrent Workshops:

Paula Sherman : Ardock Algonquin First Nation– Tay River
Jhonny Munoz: Struggles of the Emberra Katio in Columbia
Lee McKenna: Conflict and Resistance: Peacemakers in Iraq

1:30 – 3 P.M. Winona LaDuke, Anishnaabe Environment Activist
"Conflict and Environment : Globalization and Resistance "
Tickets: $20 Waged, $5-10 Unwaged (or pay what you can)

Concurrent Workshops:

Camille Kmaphuis: Thailand and the Hill Tribes
Yoriko Akamoto: The Secwepemc and Sun Peaks, B.C.
Fred Metallic: Digitizing Traditional Knowledge
Althea Wilson and Ralph Bono: Sierra Leone


Conference Elders : Shirley Williams, Edna Manitowabi, Doug Williams

Sponsors: Trent Native Studies Pine Tree Lectures and PH.D. Program, Instruct, International Political Economy Centre, Frost Centre, The Nind Fund, Trent International Student Association, Ontario Public Interest Research Group, Kawartha World Issues Centre, Environmental and Resource Studies, Women's Studies, International Development Studies

Please note that childcare is provided, as are early morning buses on Saturday.

For more information, please contact KWIC at 748-1680 or Linda Slavin at 748-1011, ext. 1023,


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