The GEO Indigenous Summit 2020

7-9 December 2020

Online

Join Indigenous leaders from around the world as they discuss Indigenous-led innovation in Earth observations data, science and technology. This will build on the GEO Indigenous hackathon, bringing together Indigenous knowledge and state-of-the-art science and technology, as well as the global GEO community.

No registration required! Open to everyone, everywhere!

Themes: COVID-19, Women Empowerment, Education, Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction, Indigenous Data Sovereignty, Knowledge Transfer.

Lightning talks session:  Lightning talks are 3 minutes pre-recorded presentations related to the themes of the Summit. To submit an abstract complete this form by the 25th of November 23:59 CEST

Please mark your calendars for this virtual event, and be sure to:

Some of our Speakers:

(EO images credits: NASA Earth Observatory (https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/)

 
 

Full Programme:

Monday 7 December

Monday
7 December
Opening Ceremony / Welcome Session
14:00-14:30 Europe - CET | 08:00-08:30 Ecuador | 16:00-16:30 Kenya

Opening Ceremony / Welcome Session
14:00-14:30 Europe - CET | 08:00-08:30 Ecuador | 16:00-16:30 Kenya

Opening Prayers (pre-recorded)

Phil Two Eagle
  • Phil Two Eagle, (Sicangu Lakota) Executive Director of the Sicangu Lakota Treaty Council

Welcome Session (pre-recorded videos)

James Rattling Leaf Sr.
Titus Letaapo
Mario Vargas Shakaim
Diana Mastracci
Tatiana Valovaya
Gilberto Camara
  • James Rattling Leaf Sr., (Rosebud Sioux Tribe, South Dakota US) co-founder of the GEO Indigenous Alliance
  • Titus Letaapo, (Samburu Tribe, Kenya) co-founder of the GEO Indigenous Alliance and Managing Director of the Sarara Foundation
  • Mario Vargas Shakaim, (Shuar Nation, Ecuadorian Amazon) co-founder of the GEO Indigenous Alliance
  • Diana Mastracci, GEO Secretariat consultant, GEO Indigenous Alliance
  • Tatiana Valovaya, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
  • Gilberto Camara, Director of the Group on Earth Observations Secretariat
COVID-19
15:00-16:30 Europe - CET | 09:00-10:30 Ecuador | 17:00-18:30 Kenya

COVID-19
15:00-16:30 Europe - CET | 09:00-10:30 Ecuador | 17:00-18:30 Kenya

Moderator: James Rattling Leaf Sr.

James Rattling Leaf Sr.

Speakers

Galina Angarova
Mario Vargas Shakaim
Minnie Degawan
Douglas Mbura
Nadine Clah
  • Indigenous-led response to Covid-19
    Galina Angarova, Executive Director of Cultural Survival
  • COVID-19 in the Amazon
    Mario Vargas Shakaim, Shuar Nation, Ecuadorian Amazon, co-founder of the GEO Indigenous Alliance, COICA
  • Minnie Degawan, Indigenous Peoples and COVID19 Coping Mechanisms and Moving Forward
  • Helping Indigenous Communities to Become More "Visible"
    Douglas Mbura, GIS Developer for Team Visibility
  • COVID-19 Response for the Navajo Housing Authority
    Nadine Clah, IT Analyst/GIS Coordinator for the Navajo Housing Authority

Lightning Talks

Humberto Laudares
Rudo Kemper
Leif Grünewald
  • Deforestation in Brazil is spreading COVID-19 to Brazil's Indigenous peoples
    Humberto Laudares, Ph.D., University of Geneva
  • Terrastories: mapping indigenous place-based oral histories
    Rudo Kemper, Digital Democracy
  • Making Culture Visible and Tracking the Exchange of Value
    Leif Grünewald, PhD. UFPR/Indigeniza/United Nations Innovation
Disaster Risk Resilience & Climate Change
17:00-18:30 Europe - CET | 11:00-12:30 Ecuador | 19:00-20:30 Kenya

Disaster Risk Resilience & Climate Change
17:00-18:30 Europe - CET | 11:00-12:30 Ecuador | 19:00-20:30 Kenya

Moderator: Steven Ramage - GEO Secretariat

Steven Ramage

Speakers

Gordon Ikayuak Brower
Einar Bjørgo
Yanua Vargas Tanchimia
Sveinung Rotevatn
  • Gordon Ikayuak Brower, Inupiaq Whaling Captain and Director of Planning in the Planning Department of the North Slope Borough, Alaskan Arctic
  • Satellite imagery in support of improved disaster risk reduction for indigenous communities
    Einar Bjørgo, Director, Division for Satellite Analysis and Applied Research Manager, UNOSAT
  • Shuar women, decisions and actions as entrepreneurs of sustainable tourism for territorial defense and mitigating climate change
    Yanua Vargas Tanchimia, Indigenous reporter and film-maker from the Ecuadorian Amazon
  • Free high resolution satellite data for the guardians of the forests
    Sveinung Rotevatn, Minister of Climate and Environment & Leif John Fosse, Senior adviser with the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative in the Ministry of Climate and Environment, Norway

Lightning Talks

Richard Teeuw
Valerie Graw
Melinda M. Adams
Christian Langer
  • Using satellite radar to assist legal action by Colombia forest peoples against illegal gold mining: the Rio Atrato basin, Colombia
    Richard Teeuw, University of Portsmouth
  • EO4E - Access to renewable energy for remote indigenous communities
    Valerie Graw, Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB)
  • Keepers of the Flame: (Re)vitalizing Indigenous Cultural Fire as Climate Action and Land Stewardship in California
    Melinda M. Adams, Ph.D student, Department of Native American Studies The University of California Davis
  • Wildfire Monitoring in Madagascar
    Christian Langer, Dipl.-Ing.(FH) , Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany

Tuesday 8 December

Tuesday
8 December
Women Empowerment
15:00-16:00 Europe - CET | 09:00-10:00 Ecuador | 17:00-18:00 Kenya

Women Empowerment
15:00-16:00 Europe - CET | 09:00-10:00 Ecuador | 17:00-18:00 Kenya

Moderator: Caroline Otiwa

Caroline Otiwa

Opening Ceremony

Ernesto Vargas Mayak

Speakers

Robbie Hood
Maria Azhunova
Gwen Bridge
Titus Letaapo
  • A Storyteller With Data
    Robbie Hood, Native American atmospheric scientist who was the first Director of NOAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program
  • Maria Azhunova, 2020 Stanford Bright Award winner, Director Elect of the Land of Snow Leopard Network & Executive Director of the Baikal Buryat Center of Indigenous Cultures
  • Gwen Bridge, is an environmental scientist and conservation advocate of Saddle Lake Cree Nation heritage
  • Titus Letaapo, co-founder of the GEO Indigenous Alliance

Lightning Talks

Minnie Degawan
Nicole Redvers
Karyn Tabor
  • Transfer of Knowledge - Gender and Intergenerational Considerations in Indigenous Communities
    Minnie Degawan, Indigenous Kankanaey-Igoro activist from the Cordillera, Philippines
  • Empowering Women in Planetary Health: Lessons from Traditional Indigenous Knowledge
    Nicole Redvers, ND, MPH,PhD, Assistant Professor, University of North Dakota, Deninu K'ue First Nation, Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation
  • Karyn Tabor, Senior Director for Ecological Monitoring for the Moore Center for Science
Food Security
17:00-18:30 Europe - CET | 11:00-12:30 Ecuador | 19:00-20:30 Kenya

Food Security
17:00-18:30 Europe - CET | 11:00-12:30 Ecuador | 19:00-20:30 Kenya

Moderator: Catherine Nakalembe

Catherine Nakalembe

Speakers

Titus Letaapo
Yon Fernández-de-Larrinoa
Arnold Brower Jr
  • Titus Letaapo, Samburu Tribe, Kenya
  • Yon Fernández-de-Larrinoa, Chief, Indigenous Peoples Unit (PSUI) Partnerships and UN Collaborations, PSU FAO
  • Arnold Brower Jr, Executive Director of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission, Inupiaq subsistence hunter, Alaskan Arctic

Lightning Talks

Douglas DaSilva
Yoanna Dimitrova
Andy Dean
Karel Charvat
  • Desertification Gradient Influences on the Livelihood Vulnerability of Wayuu Indigenous Communities of La Guajira, Colombia
    Douglas DaSilva, University of Zurich
  • The Namunyak App/ Symbols Map App
    Yoanna Dimitrova
  • Scaling up EO for community-based forest management under ESA's EO4SD Forest Management initiative
    Andy Dean, EO4SD Forest Management Project / Hatfield Consultants
  • Smart Agriculture Innovative Hub - SMARTAFRIHUB - for Smart Agriculture Capacity Building in Africa
    Karel Charvat, Plan4all

Wednesday 9 December

Wednesday
9 December
Education / Intergenerational Knowledge Transfer
15:00-16:30 Europe - CET | 09:00-10:30 Ecuador | 17:00-18:30 Kenya

Education / Intergenerational Knowledge Transfer
15:00-16:30 Europe - CET | 09:00-10:30 Ecuador | 17:00-18:30 Kenya

Moderator: James Rattling Leaf Sr.

James Rattling Leaf Sr.

Speakers

Candice (Pedersen) Sudlovenick
Cindy Schmidt
Steve DeRoy
  • SIKU: The Indigenous Knowledge Social Network and Mapping Platform
    Candice (Pedersen) Sudlovenick
  • Virtual Capacity Building with Indigenous Communities and NASA
    Cindy Schmidt, Associate Program Manager for NASA’s Earth Science Applied Science Ecological Forecasting Program
  • Indigenous Mapping Workshops
    Steve DeRoy, co-founder, director of the FireLight Group

Lightning Talks

Luc Zwartjes
Ulyana Horodyskyj
Nina Kantcheva Tushev
Olivia Lee
Ana Prados
  • Adapting educational / research tools to strengthen the livelihood of the Maya local communities
    Luc Zwartjes, Prof. Dr. Philippe De Maeyer, Dr. Mario Hernandez Ghent University, Geography Department
  • Citizen Science with the CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow) Network
    Ulyana Horodyskyj, Dr. Martin Stuefer, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Using Drones for Monitoring and Mapping Indigenous Territories
    Nina Kantcheva Tushev, Co-founder, Tushevs Aerials; Senior Policy Adviser for Indigenous Peoples and Local Community Engagement, Global Program for Nature for Development, UNDP
  • Sharing observations of coastal Arctic Alaska Change
    Olivia Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • Online Training in Earth Observations for Indigenous Peoples Land Management
    Ana Prados, Karyn Tabor, Amber McCullum, David Hunt, Jenny Hewson, Eddy Mendoza, Christian Martinez, and Mariano Gonzalez-Roglich, University of Maryland Baltimore County
Indigenous Data Sovereignty
17:00-18:30 Europe - CET | 11:00-12:30 Ecuador | 19:00-20:30 Kenya

Indigenous Data Sovereignty
17:00-18:30 Europe - CET | 11:00-12:30 Ecuador | 19:00-20:30 Kenya

Moderator: Steven Ramage - GEO Secretariat

Steven Ramage

Speakers

Stephanie Carroll
Maui Hudson
Dominique M. David-Chavez
Thomas Kenote
  • IDSov, GIDA, CARE Principles
    Stephanie Carroll, Assistant Professor Public Health, Associate Director Native Nations Institute, Chair Global Indigenous Data Alliance
  • Enacting Indigenous Data Governance, Traditional Knowledge/Biocultural Labels/Notices
    Maui Hudson, Associate Professor and Director, Te Kotahi Research Institute, University of Waikato
  • Presentation Bridging from Research to Community
    Dominique M. David-Chavez, Post Doctoral Indigenous Data Sovereignty Fellow, Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship Dept, Colorado State University; Postdoctoral Research Fellow, National Science Foundation
  • Thomas Kenote, Geoscience Project Director, College of Menominee Nation and the Sustainable Development Institute located on the Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin

Moderator: Yariwo Kitiyo

Yariwo Kitiyo

Lightning Talks

Graise D. Lee Jenni
Towagh Behr
Ramin Soleymani
Lea Shanley
Maui Hudson
  • Preserving Indigenous knowledge with decentralized data collaboratives
    Graise D. Lee Jenni, MS., PhD. Partner and Co-Founder, Maria Baron Palamar, DVM., PhD. Nick Bryne. Scott Veirs, PhD. Resolve Conservation
  • Mapping Digital Sovereignty
    Towagh Behr, Principal Anthropologist, Deborah Demers, Digital Services and Research Support & Media and Sarah Boivin, Digital Services Manager, Kwusen Research
  • OpenTEK: recognizing traditional ecological and indigenous knowledge in international climate policy
    Ramin Soleymani, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Implications of High Resolution Satellite Imagery for Indigenous Data Sovereignty
    Lea Shanley, PhD, Senior Fellow, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz, University of Mississippi; Merv Tano, International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management; and Steve Ventura, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Enacting Indigenous Data Governance, Traditional Knowledge/Biocultural Labels/Notices
    Maui Hudson, Associate Professor and Director, Te Kotahi Research Institute, University of Waikato and Jane Anderson, ENRICH, New York University and University of Waikato
Closing Ceremony / Remarks
18:30-19:00 Europe - CET | 12:30-13:00 Ecuador | 20:30-21:00 Kenya

Closing Ceremony / Remarks
18:30-19:00 Europe - CET | 12:30-13:00 Ecuador | 20:30-21:00 Kenya

Moderator: Steven Ramage - GEO Secretariat

Steven Ramage

Closing prayers

Gemma Lockhart
  • Gemma Lockhart

Closing remarks

Gilberto Camara
Titus Letaapo
James Rattling Leaf Sr.
Mario Vargas Shakaim
Nikhil Seth
  • Gilberto Camara, GEO Secretariat Director
  • Titus Letaapo, co-founder of the GEO Indigenous Alliance
  • James Rattling Leaf Sr., co-founder of the GEO Indigenous Alliance
  • Mario Vargas Shakaim, co-founder of the GEO Indigenous Alliance
  • Nikhil Seth, Executive Director of UNITAR
 
 

Summit at a Glance:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Organizing Committee:

  • Titus Letaapo (Samburu tribe, Kenya)
  • James Rattling Leaf Sr. (Rosebud Sioux tribe, South Dakota, US)
  • Mario Vargas Shakaim (Shuar Nation, Ecuadorian Amazon)
  • Diana Mastracci (GEO Secretariat, Communications consultant)
  • Steven Ramage (GEO Secretariat, Head of External Relations)
 

 


 

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