INMED at the Planetary Health Alliance gathering

Left to right: Kanyon “Coyote Woman” Sayers-Roods, Dr. Nicole Redvers, Rassi Nashalik, Dr. Donald Warne, and Be’sha Blondin

Dr. Warne and Dr. Redvers presented at the Planetary Health Gathering in Pal Alto, California at Stanford University last week. The event was put on by the Planetary Health Alliance, based out of Harvard University. They were joined by Elders Rassi Nashalik (Inuit) and Be’sha Blondin (Dene) from the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. They were also joined by Kanyon “Coyote Woman” Sayers-Roods, a member of the Indian Canyon Mutsun Band of Costanoan Ohlone People, who discussed Indigenous perspectives on Planetary Health. There was much interest in ensuring that Indigenous voices are included at the table when discussing climate change adaptation strategies in addition to ensuring that the long history of land stewardship by Indigenous peoples is respected. Great discussions were had and new connections were made leading up to the next Planetary Health Gathering in Brazil in 2020.