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Mon, Dec 05



Activist and research partnerships for biocultural diversity with Hernando Chindoy, Ida Theilade, and Kathrin Wessendorf

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Activist and research partnerships for biocultural diversity with Hernando Chindoy, Ida Theilade, and Kathrin Wessendorf
Activist and research partnerships for biocultural diversity with Hernando Chindoy, Ida Theilade, and Kathrin Wessendorf

Time & Location

Dec 05, 2022, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

Montréal, 3460 Rue McTavish, Montréal, QC H3A 0E6, Canada

About the Event

Where:          (Hybrid Event)

McGill University, 3460 Mc Tavish St, Montreal

Peterson Hall, Room 116


When: Monday, December 5, 2022, from 12-2pm

Lunch will be served. Event in English with simultaneous translation.

Please join us for the following event in collaboration with STANDD on December 5 from 12-2 pm. The event is hybrid in person/on Zoom and lunch will be provided. You can find all the relevant details below and in the attached flyer.

The Centre for Society, Technology and Development (STANDD) and the Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives (CICADA) support collaborations across languages and geographies to respond to diverse issues that affect community health, social welfare, rights, territories, and knowledge systems. The STANDD’s Speaker Series provides a hub for local and visiting scholars to share research approaches and engage in learning opportunities that can improve community-based partnerships globally.  Today’s conversation will take us from Cambodia to the Amazon. How do communities from two different parts of the world mobilize knowledge to protect rights? How do they activate research and activist partnerships to enhance biocultural diversity? This conversation will bring Indigenous and non-Indigenous practitioners from different parts of the world to share their experiences on how to advance Indigenous rights and support flourishing territories.


Hernando Chindoy is a leader of the Inga People of Colombia. Since 2017, Hernando has been the legal representative of the AWAI Territorial Entity of the Inga Indigenous People, and co-leader of the Indigenous Biocultural University initiative in the Andean-Amazonian region of Colombia. In 2015, he received the United Nations Equator Prize for all the social, economic, cultural, and environmental advances that the Inga people have achieved by replacing poppy crops used in drug production with crops such as coffee in Aponte, Nariño.

Ida Theilade is Professor in ethnobotany and forest governance at the University of Copenhagen. She has a PhD in tropical botany and has worked with participatory management and conservation of tropical forests for the past 25 years. Her research explores the role indigenous knowledge and institutions can play in natural resource governance. This includes natural forests and human-modified environments such as community forests and agro-ecological systems. Current research centres on the use of information and communication technology in community monitoring of forests and co-benefits for biodiversity and social well-being. Ida Theilade has been a member of the IWGIA Board since 2019 and became Chair of the Board in 2020.

Kathrin Wessendorf is IWGIA’s Executive Director (International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs). She has been working for the organisation since 2000 in different positions, including as Arctic Programme Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, Editor of The Indigenous World, Senior Advisor on Climate Change and most recently as Head of Programmes at IWGIA. Kathrin has an MA in Social Anthropology from Basel University, Switzerland, and wrote her thesis on Indigenous Peoples’ territorial governance systems in the Arctic.

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