Native people are traditionally closely associated with the land. Ecological destruction and the loss of land from the effects of climate change can affect Native people’s sense of identity. A pair of researchers gathered stories from Inuit people who suffered grief for the loss of ice and animals they rely on. Tribes continue fights on many fronts to stop further loss of land important to them to mineral extraction, development or flawed government management. On Earth Day we’ll zero in on the link between the land and identity and mental well-being.
Dr. Deborah McGregor (Anishinaabe from White Fish River First Nation) – associate professor at York University
Dr. Rosalyn LaPier (enrolled Blackfeet and Métis) – associate professor of environmental studies at the University of Montana
Dune Lankard (Eyak Athabaskan) – president of the Native Conservancy
Vi Waghiyi (Native Village of Savoonga tribal citizen) – Sivuqaq Yupik grandmother, the environmental health and justice program director for Alaska Community Action on Toxics, and a member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council
Break 1 music: Lose Your Mind (feat. Desirae Harp & Gregg Green) (song) Audiopharmacy, Teao Sense & Ras K’dee (artist) Lose Your Mind (feat. Desirae Harp & Gregg Green) (single)
Break 2 music: Na Makua (song) Henry Kapono (artist) The Wild Hawaiian (album)