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Extreme Energy Extraction in Alaska: A Climate of Chaos

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Storrs Campus
Biophysics Building (BPB) 130

Faith Eve Gemmill, Executive Director of REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands) Keynote Speaker

Faith Gemmill will speak about the fossil fuel energy issues that impact Alaska Natives, subsistence rights, the impacts to our culture and way of life, as well as the current impacts of climate change and how we need to create a just transition away from fossil fuels to a clean energy future.

Bio: Faith Gemmill-Fredson (Neets’aii Gwich’in, Pit River and Wintu) of Arctic Village, Alaska is the founder and current Executive Director of REDOIL (Resisting Environmental Destruction On Indigenous Lands) REDOIL is a grassroots network that was created by Alaska Natives to share knowledge, experience and strategies to address the detrimental impacts of fossil fuel, mining and climate change in Alaska.

Faith is a board member of the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) Faith also currently serves as the Vice-President of the California Indian Environmental Alliance.

Prior to the work with REDOIL, Faith served as the Program Director of the Gwich'in Steering Committee, working on issues of oil development, human rights, and defense of Gwich’in ancestral homelands by seeking permanent protection of “Iizhik Gwats’an Gwandaii Goodlit” (The Sacred Place Where Life Begins) coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge which is the primary birthplace and nursery of the Porcupine Caribou Herd upon which the Gwich’in Nation relies to meet their subsistence needs. Faith has given her time and talents to addressing issues regarding Indigenous Lands and Indigenous Rights for two decades. Her prior engagements also include serving as an Executive Council member on the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council, Board Member of Honor the Earth, and National Wildlife Federation.

Contact:

david.wagner@uconn.edu

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