Indigenous Women Convening for Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation


Friday, March 19, 2021, 9:30am to 1:00pm


Virtual Event (Registration Required)

Join us for our Indigenous Women Convening for Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation. The Indigenous Women Convening on Peace, Justice, and Reconciliation brings together Indigenous scholars and women leaders from seven indigenous socio-cultural zones of the world to share stories of war and conflicts in their territories and find collective ways of ideating indigenous conflict resolution and peace-making processes. 

This event is organized by the Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, the Scholars at Risk Program, and the Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples, Gender, Justice, and Peace. Our co-sponsors include: Center for the Study of World Religions; Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; Harvard College Writing Program; HUNAP; Religion, Conflict and Peace Initiative; and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

Please find the agenda for the day below: 

9.30 am: Welcome by Raquel Vega-Durán Chair, Committee on Ethnicity, Migration, Rights, Harvard University and Sushma Raman, Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

9.35 am: Brief opening remarks by Professor Elsa Stamatopoulou, Former Chief of UN Permanent Forum of Indigenous Peoples, Director, Indigenous Studies Program at Columbia University  

9:40 am-11:15 am - Session IConflict, Militarization & Exploitation of Indigenous Land & Resources

  • Speakers: Rauna Kuokkanen, Tukumminnguaq Olsen, Mariam Aboubakrine, Vera Solovyeva, and Binalakshmi Nepram 
  • Moderator: Jacqueline Bhabha, FXB Director of Research, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, the Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer in Law at Harvard Law School, and an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School

11:30am-1:00pm - Session II: Understanding the Indigenous Ways of Peace, Justice and Reconciliation Mechanisms 

  • Speakers: Tarcila Rivera Zea, Lucy Mulenkei, Claire Charters, and Louise Herne 
  • Moderator: Shelly Lowe, Executive Director, Harvard University Native American Program 


  • Elsa Stamatopoulou: Former Chief of UN Permanent Forum of Indigenous Peoples, Director, Indigenous Studies Program at Columbia University  
  • Louise Herne:  Wakerakatste is the Bear Clan Mother for the Mohawk Nation Council, founding member of Konon:kwe Council, a circle of Mohawk women
  • Tarcila Rivera Zea:  Founder of the organization Chirapaq : Center for Indigenous Peoples Cultures, Peru
  • Rauna Kuokkanen: Sami, Professor of Arctic Indigenous Studies at the University of Lapland, Finland
  • Lucy Mulenkei: Executive Director, Indigenous Information Network (IIN), Kenya
  • Claire Charters: Ngāti Whakaue, Tūwharetoa, Ngā Puhi, Tainui, Associate Professor, University of Auckland Faculty of Law, New Zealand. 
  • Tukumminnguaq Olsen:  Inuit Circumpolar Council & Member of Board of Trustees at United Nations Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Peoples’
  • Vera Solovyeva: Sakha Ph.D. Candidate at George Mason, Department of Environmental Science and Public Policy
  • Binalakshmi Nepram: Manipur Nation, Fellow, HKS Carr Centre for Human Rights & Co-Founder, Global Alliance of Indigenous Peoples, Gender Justice and Peace.  
  • Mariam Aboubakrine: Présidente, Association Tinhinan Canada et membre Tinhinane Sahel

Virtual Event Details:
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube Live. Attendees registered for this event (link below) will receive a reminder for the livestream fifteen minutes before the event along with a link to the YouTube page where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event.

Registration Closed