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Some of those involved in the peaceful action at Standing Rock in 2016. Image supplied

Paul Bibby 

A host of Indigenous elders from across the Northern Rivers will join two Native American leaders for two events in Mullumbimby this week to explore responses to the climate emergency.

The events, on February 21 and 22, are an opportunity for the elders and leaders to share Indigenous perspectives on the crisis, and for community members to share their own ideas and perspectives.

‘We are in a climate emergency, surrounded by immense suffering,’ said one of the organisers of the event, Lisa Brown.

First Nations voices

‘These events are a chance to hear First Nations voices, including key people from Oceti Sakowin camp in Standing Rock talk about protecting the sacred – the air, the water and our future generations.

The visiting Native American guests include Myron Dewey, the director of Awake – A Dream of Standing Rock; and Johnnie A, who served as the wellbeing initiative and interfaith co-ordinator at Standing Rock, North Dakota. 

The events include a performance evening at Mullum Civic Hall on February 21 from 7 till 10pm, featuring songs and stories, and an ‘experiential day’ on February 22, from 10am till 5pm. The day will be an opportunity to participate in conversations and activities.

Later, there will be a screening of Myron Dewey’s film, Awake – A Dream of Standing Rock, from 7.30 till 9.30pm. A panel discussion will follow. 

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