SPEAKERS AND FACILITATORS

Charles Toto

(Papua – Indonesia)

Papua Jungle Chef

Biography

Charles Toto deserves to be nicknamed Papuan food figure. In 2006, he founded Jungle Chef Community, a network of enthusiasts from across the Indonesian region of Papua who promotes sustainable living and environmental protection through local cuisine. He uses foraged ingredients from the forests of his fertile homelands to put a Papuan twist on international favorites.

Over the years, he has learned to make the best use of the ingredients served up by the forest and the sea, and has taken his unique mission to culinary shows across Indonesia and abroad.

 

About Papua Jungle Chef

Papua Jungle Chef Community runs a program that teaches cooking traditional food to children and youth, along with other practices to protect the environment, such as waste management and planting mangroves.

We are also training our members on how to identify local cooking ingredients and how to make traditional Papuan food. In order to help sustain interest in ancient practices, values, and culture that are at risk of slowly dying out as younger generations of Papuans embrace a more modern lifestyle.

We held some annual events in Papua such as Festival Sagu (Sagoo Festival), Pesta Makan Papeda (Papeda Banquet). Also actively involve at socio-cultural events all over the country, as a cook, speakers, or judges.

 

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Cleary Vaughan-Lee

Global Oneness Project

Biography

Cleary is the Executive Director of the Global Oneness Project. She asks local to global questions about culture and the environment and believes stories are a transformative tool for learning.

 

About Global Oneness Project

The Global Oneness Project brings the world’s cultures alive in the classroom using stories as a pedagogical tool for growing minds. Committed to the exploration of cultural, environmental, and social issues, they offer a rich library of multimedia stories comprised of award-winning films, photo essays, and articles. Companion curriculum and discussion guides are also available, all for free.

They aim to connect, through stories, the local human experience to global meta-level issues, such as climate change, water scarcity, food insecurity, poverty, endangered cultures, migration, and sustainability. Through featuring individuals and communities impacted by these issues, the stories and lessons provide opportunities to examine universal themes which include the following: identity, diversity, hope, resilience, imagination, adversity, empathy, love, and responsibility, and our common humanity.

 

Workshop Summary

Environmental and Cultural Stories: Voice Your Perspective

This workshop will explore the power of cultural and environmental multimedia to engage participants with environmental and indigenous rights issues. Explore engaging questions and themes and voice your perspective and solutions to global issues.

Randi Miranda

Dayak – Indonesia

Biography

Randi is the founder and CEO of Handep Haruei, a social enterprise startup in the field of forestry and agriculture in Central Kalimantan. Prior to this, he has long been involved in green movements across Kalimantan and had served as Environmental Ambassador for the Kalimantan region for two consecutive years, in 2010 and 2011. He has extensive experience working as a project management and communication specialist within the fields of forest conservation, and sustainable development. Some NGOs he has worked with include the Heart of Borneo Project (HoBP), International Labour Organization (ILO), and The Forest Trust.

He recently obtained his Master’s degree in Environment specializing in development at the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2018. He is also a social scientist whose research focuses on forest governance and development practices associated with indigenous people and gender equality.

 

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Farwiza Farhan

Yayasan HAkA

Biography

Farwiza is forest conservationist based in Sumatra, she is the founder for Yayasan HAkA (Forest, Environment, Aceh Foundation). The goal of the organisation is to accelerate protection, conservation and restoration of the Leuser Ecosystem through empowering communities to have active and meaningful participation in policy processess. The Leuser Ecosystem is the last place on earth where rhino, tiger, elephant and orangutan still co-exist in the wild.

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Kehkashan Basu

Green Hope Foundation

Biography

Iconic youth leader , global influencer , environmentalist, champion of children’s rights , peace and sustainability campaigner and a passionate advocate of women’s rights , 18 year old Kehkashan Basu is a trail blazer who has been challenging the status quo and breaking social strictures and taboos which impede the progress and rights of future generations. Winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize, Kehkashan embarked on her environmental crusade at the tender age of 8. Kehkashan is a tireless civil society advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals and holds leadership positions in several organizations. Kehkashan is the Founder President of award winning global social innovation enterprise, GREEN HOPE FOUNDATION, through which she empowers children and youth, especially those who were marginalized and turns them into change-makers who address sustainability issues at a local level. Kehkashan has traveled globally to spread her message of peace, equality and justice and spoken at over 75 United Nations and other international forums travelling to over 20 nations. Her speeches have influenced policy making and motivated thousands of youth and adults alike. Kehkashan is a poet, musician and author and her maiden book “Tree of Hope” was launched at the 2015 United Nations Children’s Summit in New York.

About Green Hope Foundation

We are a youth led global social innovation enterprise working on Education for Sustainable Development, Children’s Rights, Peace and Environmental Protection by empowering young people and building effective partnerships with all stakeholders of civil society , policy makers and institutions. We engage and educate youth & adults alike, through our interactive workshops and conferences involving educational institutions, communities & corporates and complement these with ground level action campaigns which target the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Our actions are guided by the United Nations mandate of “Leave No One Behind” and our engagement programs are specially directed towards the empowerment of the world’s most marginalised sections such as refugees, orphans , the destitute and the homeless.The issues that we focus on are Climate Change, Social Upliftment, Land Degradation,Sustainable Consumption and Production, Peace ,Gender Equality, Biodiversity Conservation, Clean Energy, Future Justice and their overall impact on children’s rights.

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ARTISTS

Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush

Innu – Canada

Biography

Jani Bellefleur-Kaltush first worked with Wapikoni in 2009 when the traveling studio moved into her Innu community of Nutashkuan. She got involved as a coordinator and directed her film “Do not Say It”. It was presented in official competition at the Montreal International Documentary Encounters (RIDM), the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois in Montreal and the Festival Regarding Short Film in Saguenay, was a great success. In 2011, she was production assistant on the film “Mesnak” by Yves Sioui-Durand, one of the first fiction films about natives in Quebec. This experience led to a production assistant position at the producer. In 2015, she studied film production at INIS before going to work in a hybrid movie theater in France. She also works as an Innu-French translator. In 2017, she participated in a group exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts entitled Kushapetshekan / Kosapitcikan. She counts France, Belgium, the Netherlands, England, the United States, Peru and Guatemala as the country she visited.

About Innu

The Innu or Montagnais, or Naskapi are an indigenous people from the east of the peninsula of Quebec-Labrador, specifically regions of the North Shore and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean in Quebec and the region from Labrador to Newfoundland and Labrador1. The term “Innu” comes from their language, Innu-aimun, and means “to be human”. This name was officially adopted in 1990 replacing the term “Montagnais” given by the first French explorers. The Innu refer to their ancestral territory as Nitassinan. In 2016, their number was estimated at more than 22,000, more than 20,000 in Quebec in 11 bands and more than 2,000 in Labrador in two bands.

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George Nuku

(Maori – New Zealand)

Maori Artist

George Nuku

George Nuku is an artist of Maori, Scot and German descent from Aotearoa / New Zealand. His career as an artist spans over 3 decades. His works range from small amulets carved from bone, shell, plastic, and stone through to life-size works in plexiglass, stone, wood, and polystyrene. Ultimately culminating in monumental sculptures of multistory height.

He carries thousands of years of artistic tradition, handed down from his forebears that promises to expand life and enhance survival. His works are collected by the rich and poor alike. For the past 7 years, his ‘Bottled Ocean’ installations have been touring the world in the northern, southern, eastern, and western hemisphere. He is 55 years old and has 5 sons ranging in age from 26 to 3 years old.

Small Island Big Song

Small Island Big Song

Biography

BaoBao Chen

Fluent in both Mandarin and English, Taiwanese project producer and manager BaoBao Chen has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a profile as a public speaker, including a TEDx Talk, and a social media following of 150k. Along with her partner Tim Cole, the two launched the “Small Island Big Song” project in 2015, and have been independently recording and filming with over a hundred musicians across the islands of Pacific and Indian Oceans since. The album “Small Island Big Song” was released in July 2018. As the project manager, BaoBao has also brought the project’s live show, featuring 4 to 12 musicians across the oceans, to stage, booking and managing an extensive world tour in 2018 to 4 continents and engaged more than 100k live audiences. She also produced an interactive website showcasing the music, videos and stories of Small Island Big Song.

Tim Cole

Tim Cole is an Australian Filmmaker and Music Producer who has been specialising on cross cultural projects since producing ‘Not Drowning Wavings’’, landmark album & DVD ‘Tabaran’ in Papua New Guinea. He studied filmmaking at Melbourne University under Arthur Cantrill, subsequently perusing an interest in poetic and non-narrative filmmaking. As expressed in his 2014 directorial debut ‘Vanuatu Women’s Water Music’, ‘Visually stunning, as well as culturally important’, 5 stars, Songlines UK. The film was officially selected for six international film festivals, and was nominated for a UNESCO Cultural Award. As a music producer/engineer Tim Cole has been behind numerous successful and critically acclaimed albums and feature film soundtracks. Tim was officially invited to represent at the United Nations HQ, SXSW, WOMEX and the Peace Boat. He has also received a Churchill Fellowship and is a company member of Circus OZ.

About Small Island Big Song

It was exactly 4 years ago after the 4th IPCC report, we were motivated to do what we could, so as a music producer and a project producer, we began recording songs with indigenous musicians across the region, those have lived on the islands for the longest, those who sing for the seas. Over thousands of years, songs have played an vital role of storytelling and passing down knowledge through generations. True sustaining change is culturally driven, as artists we can shift societies narrative, we have a duty to. With support, we recorded and filmed with 33 featured musicians/groups across 16 island nations of the Pacific & Indian Oceans, where 400 million people share a little known common seafaring ancestry.

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Craig Commanda

Anishinaabe – Canada

Biography

Anishinaabe multidisciplinary artist from Kitigan Zibi, Craig Commanda works through the moving image, poetry, music and sound composition. A practice unfolding over a decade, his creative process has enabled community engagement and travel across Turtle Island and beyond. Craig has participated in many international artist residencies including (Re)Claim + Diverse is this Land at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, cultural exchange residencies in Aoteara – New Zealand as well as in Haïti in collaboration with Lojiq. His work has been screened in festivals including Asinabka (unceded Algonquin territory – Ottawa, Cnd), ImagiNATIVE (Toronto, Cnd), Kurzfiltage (Winterthur, Switzerland), Maoriland (Otaki, NZ), and Wairoa Maori film festival (Nuhqkq, NZ). Craig is a current student studying Film Production at Concordia and is an advocate for mental wellness and suicide prevention. His practice seeks resurgence contributing to cultural preservation and revitalization for and by Indigenous peoples. He is currently based in Tiohtiá:ke/ Montreal.

About Anishinaabe

The name of my language is Anishinaabemowin. We live in harmonious kinships with all of creation. We came from the land, and we use medicine plants to cure our ills and ceremonies like the sweat lodge, to talk to the Creator.

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Emmanuela Shinta

Ranu Welum Foundation

Biography

Emmanuela Shinta is a Dayak leader, activist, filmmaker and writer with a reputation for leading and empowering young people. Her work has been recognized widely in Asia Pacific, including being the icon of Asian Geographic issue 117 Planet Under Fire and featured in UNICEF Global White Paper Women Health & Climate 2017. With organization called Ranu Welum Foundation which she founded in 2016, she has trained more than 100 young indigenous people to be able to use camera to tell their causes. She has been speaking on behalf of her communities in regional and international forum about public misconception on Dayak people and bringing the stories from the ground up to global audience through short videos and documentaries.

About Dayak Maanyan

Once upon a time, there was an ancient Kingdom called Nan Sarunai which means, The Most Famous One. Yes, it was famous for its golden treasures and land resources. People were prosperous and happy. The king and the people really loved to sing and dance. Every day musical instruments were played and people would dance and sing happily. One of the most famous instruments was the flute with seven holes called a Sarunai. With strong brotherhood and simplicity, the kingdom lasted for more than a thousand years before Majapahit attacked and destroyed the kingdom. The Dayak Maanyan is one of the oldest tribes whose built their own kingdom in very ancient times. Their history goes back a long way. While the Kutai Kingdom in East Kalimantan is noted as the oldest kingdom in the archipelago, research in 1996 carried out on the ruins of a temple found in South Kalimantan which once belonged to Nan Sarunai territory, shows that Nan Sarunai existed in 200 BC. It means that Nan Sarunai Kingdom is 600 years older than Kutai Kingdom, which was built in the 4th century. Dadas is the name for the female dance and Bawo for male dance. Both of the dancers wear at least three pairs of large bracelets on both wrists and dance beautifully following the rhythm, beat and music produced by traditional instruments.

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Zein Alitamara Mufthihati

(Indonesia)

Biography

Zein Alitamara Mufthihati is Borneo based poster artist, and independent graphic designer. Also working on fields of illustration, painting and drawing Born in 1991 in Palangka Raya, Central Borneo. Graduated from Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta in Visual Communication Design in 2014. In 2018 Zein selected in ORBIT 2018, an incubation program by Bekraf RI with other 15 designers. She was the founder of Studio Kurik in 2015 in Central Borneo and loves making poster on music and poem, culture related subjects. Studio kurik works on visual art projects, poster exhibitions, and workshops, while also experimenting autonomously between culture and aesthetic. Her posters have been exhibited in various exhibitions and contests around the world such as Lahti International Poster Triennial (Finland), Moscow Global Biennale of Graphic Design (Russia), MadridGraficá (Spain), Poster For Tomorrow (France), Mut Zur Wut (Germany).

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