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Global Center For Indigenous Leadership & Lifeways President & Founder, Wisdom Weavers Of The World Co-founder, And Unangan Elder, Ilarion Kuuyux Merculieff To Speak At 12th World Wilderness Congress In August

The organizers and hosts of the 12th World Wilderness Congress are excited to announce that Ilarion Kuuyux Merculieff will participate in bringing a deeper understanding of the value of Indigenous ways of knowing for protecting Planet Earth at the Congress on Tuesday, August 27th!

Ilarion Kuuyux Merculieff - WILD12 Speaker

Ilarion Kuuyux Merculieff has over 50 years of experience serving his people, the Unangan (Aleuts) of the Pribilof Islands and other Indigenous peoples locally, nationally, and internationally in a number of leadership capacities. He speaks about issues related to cultural and community wellness, traditional ways of living, Elder wisdom, climate change and the environment. Having had a traditional upbringing, Merculieff has been, and continues to be, a strong voice and activist calling for the meaningful application of traditional knowledge and wisdom obtained from Elders in Alaska and throughout the world in dealing with modern day challenges.

“As are many Indigenous peoples, I am hopeful that we will successfully tackle the toughest issues Indigenous peoples face with regard to the human role in protecting Mother Earth and successfully implement the proposed solutions. It is also my prayer that the non-Indigenous participants come away with a deeper understanding of the value of Indigenous ways of knowing for protecting Mother Earth.”

The 12th World Wilderness Congress (WILD12) is a global forum to coordinate and mobilize the protection of Earth’s remaining wilderness and wild places. It convenes thousands of delegates from around the world approximately every 4 years to seek and agree upon new actions and principles in the stewardship of Earth. WILD12 is hosted by the Oceti Sakowin on behalf of the Sicangu Lakota Treaty Council, and will place a special emphasis on reinterpreting wilderness through Indigenous perspectives.

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