Indigenous Lifeways, Cosmologies, & Ecology:

Connecting to the Past, Restor(y)ing the Present and Future

In partnership with local advisors and with the support of Fetzer Institute, Kalliopeia Foundation, the Forum for Religion & Ecology and other anonymous donors, the 2021 Religion & Ecology Online Summit gathers to recognize sacred land stewardship and current ecological initiatives in Native and Indigenous communities of California territories. Indigenous approaches to biocultural stewardship and sacred sites offer insight to the inquiry of Religion and Ecology, which explores how spiritual beliefs and practices affect the natural world.

A series of panel discussions, film screenings, and community forums explore the biocultural stewardship and restoration work of Native and Indigenous communities through the interconnected areas of food sovereignty, stewardship of ancestral lands, and environmental justice within the broader context of Religion & Ecology. Our esteemed presenters offer diverse perspectives on the theme, bridging worldviews and pedagogies to enrich our exploration of Religion & Ecology through the interconnected areas of food sovereignty, stewardship of ancestral lands, policy, and protection of sacred sites.

View the Program of Events to engage with ongoing projects from the community, and to access the video archive for the 2021 Religion & Ecology Summit in the conference schedule. Click on the title for each presentation to view the recording of that segment.

At CIIS, we recognize and deeply respect that our university’s building in San Francisco occupies traditional, unceded Ramaytush Ohlone  land. We remember the violence and forced removal of Indigenous people from this land, and we grieve their lives and the ongoing trauma that is endured by their descendants. We grieve never truly knowing the vitality of Earth beneath these paved streets. We grieve the pervasive impacts of colonialism and vow to unlearn ways of life that perpetuate this harm. It is only through an acknowledgement of this shared reality that we can take the first steps in honorable relationship.

If you are interested in learning more about native lands, languages, and territories, the website is a helpful resource from Native Land Digital that supports education about and acknowledgement of those who host us on ancestral land.

It has been brought to our attention that the title of our event overlaps with the non-profit Indigenous Lifeways. To be clear, our event is not affiliated with this organization.

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