IESS Conference_Peterborough
MNO PDWMC President Andy Dufrane (right) and the
Honourable Jeff Leal, MPP for Peterborough, at the IESS
conference in Peterborough.

On April 22, 2016, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Peterborough & District Wapiti Métis Council (PDWMC) President, Andy Dufrane, and Chair, Christa Lemelin, attended the opening ceremonies of the first international Indigenous Environmental Studies and Sciences (IESS) conference hosted by Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.

The conference entitled, Re-igniting the Sacred Power of Creation: Essential Knowledges for Transformative Action, aimed at gathering international indigenous teachings and traditional knowledge to address complex global environmental issues.

MNO PDWMC President Dufrane was invited to provide a few welcoming words to a packed room of international leaders, teachers, students and community members. The weekend long conference included the following keynote speakers: Dr. Vandana Shiva, Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, Dr. Manulani Meyer and the Honourable Jeff Leal, MPP (Peterborough).

Published on: April 29, 2016