Indigenous Activist Dr. Debra Harry to speak at NWIC Wednesday, October 6th

Dr. Debra Harry is scheduled to speak Wednesday October 6th at 2:45 p.m. in the CAC (next to the log building).  Topic: In the face of globalization and diminishing natural resources, Indigenous knowledge and biodiversity is regarded as a vast untapped market by both private and governmental researchers. Dr. Harry will discuss the fundamental conflicts between Indigenous worldviews and values and the globalizing forces that seek to force nature and Indigenous knowledge systems into the global market. 

She will critique how international forums, including the Convention on Biodiversity and the World Intellectual Property Organization are developing new global standards.  Will the standards facilitate the commodification of genetic resources and Indigenous knowledge promote true conservation and sustainable use?  Advocacy efforts are centered upon Indigenous people’s right of self-determination and within a human rights framework.

Debra Harry is Northern Paiute from Pyramid Lake Nevada.  She is the Executive Director of the Indigenous People’s Council on Biocolonialism and producer of the 2003 documentary film The Leech and the Earthworm – a production that examines the globalized hunt for genes within Indigenous territories and features Indigenous activists from around the world.  In 1994 Harry received a three-year Kellogg Foundation Leadership Fellowship and studies the field of human genetic research and its implications for Indigenous peoples.  She is also the author of numerous articles on the topics of biocolonialism and the genetic exploitation of Indigenous peoples.
This talk is being sponsored by the Native Environmental Science Program.
Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to attend this presentation.  This presentation will also be made available over ITV.
For more information contact Steve Pavlik at 360-392-4307 or