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Apr 24 2024


9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)


Center for Earth Ethis, UTS: Freedom to Be

On Wednesday April 24th at 9 a.m. EDT, join the Center for Earth Ethics for “Freedom to Be: Indigenous Perspectives on How the Mainstream Development Model Affects Their Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief,” a conversation about the intersection of Indigenous issues, the concept of freedom of religion or belief, the development paradigm and the ecological crisis. This virtual discussion will feature Indigenous voices who will explore how international Indigenous communities are affected by the same extractionist industries, domination mindset and land removal policies that damage the biosphere as a whole. This conversation will also dive into the sustainable development paradigm and challenge its tendency to elevate economic development and devalue biocultural heritage and Earth-honoring ways of life.

Taily Terena of the Terena Indigenous peoples in Brazil and Yolanda Teran of the Kichwa Nation of Ecuador will join us for this panel. Roberto Múkaro Borrero, strategic advisor to CEE, will moderate. CEE Executive Director Karenna Gore will introduce and close the program.

This conversation is another in the Freedom to Be series that builds on the 2022 report on Indigenous communities by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief. This event is a virtual side event to the 2024 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.