The Word On The Street has been renowned for the quality and diversity of its event programming and our next festival promises to offer the best so far. Please see the 2019 schedule below!
Kainai Climate Change Videos: Community Expressions for Climate Change Impacts
Four youth from Kainai First Nation were trained to film and edit participatory videos that would focus on Indigenous voices speaking about climate change, the environment, and history. With climate change impacting both the environment and wellbeing of regional populations, it is critical that Indigenous communities have the capacity to monitor, respond to, and adapt to multiple impacts of climate change.
Kainai Ecosystem Protection Association, established in 2012, has held 6 annual conferences showcasing local environment and ecological protection work that promotes Indigenous land stewardship and sovereignty. Kepa maintains a vision for Kainai to value and live in a clean, healthy and protected environment that supports a sustainable society and balances our economy and traditional connection to the air, water, land and animals. We do this through our mission to provide leadership through ecological consciousness and environmental stewardship by monitoring, resource management and conservation awareness, while promoting protection, sustainable development and partnerships.
Diandra Bruised Head works as the Climate Change Coordinator for Blood Tribe Land Management. She convocated from the Lethbridge College with her Renewable Resources Management diploma, and subsequently, completed her undergrad at the University of Lethbridge, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in environmental sciences. During her post-secondary education, Diandra worked as a junior forest ranger crew leader, forestry technician, and wildlife technician; she found her passion in the outdoors and mingling with trees. As a Blackfoot woman, she aimed her studies on Traditional Ecological Knowledge and the importance of conserving and protecting native environments from an ecological and spiritual perspective.
Alvin First Rider works as an Environmental Technician at Blood Tribe Land Management and was a participant of the pilot Indigenous Climate Change Observation Network project. Alvin has earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Salish Kootenai College, and holds an Associate of Applied Science in Natural Resource Management from Blackfeet Community College. Since 2009 Alvin has worked in various capacities for the Kainai Nation in the environmental field.