Dene Ch’anié (‘the path we walk’): Indigenous Perspectives on Planetary Health

Indigenous Peoples are resilient peoples who have honorably carried deep ecological knowledge over thousands of years. With wider planetary health movements taking hold, Dr. Redvers emphasizes the importance of ensuring a grounding in the stewardship practices, the relation building, and the innate sense of reciprocity embodied in traditional Indigenous knowledges around the globe. This presentation will discuss Indigenous perspectives on planetary health and greater sustainability movements through the Dëne Sųłıné concept of Dene Ch’anie.

About the speakers

RedversNicole Redvers, ND, MPH, is a member of the Deninu K’ue First Nation and has worked with various Indigenous patients and communities around the globe helping to bridge the gap between traditional and modern medical systems. She is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of North Dakota. She is co-founder and chair of the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation based in the Canadian North, which was awarded the $1 million dollar 2017 Arctic Inspiration Prize for their work with homeless people and those most at risk in northern Canada. Dr. Redvers has been actively involved at the international level promoting the inclusion of Indigenous perspectives in planetary health and sustainable healthcare education (SHE), and currently sits on the advisory board for the American Public Health Association's Center for Climate, Health and Equity Steering Committee in addition to being a senior fellow of Indigenous and Community Health with inVIVO Planetary Health. She is also the author of the trade paperback book titled The Science of the Sacred: Bridging Global Indigenous Medicine Systems and Modern Scientific Principles.

Tadd JohnsonTadd Johnson, JD was named the University of Minnesota’s first senior director of American Indian Tribal Nations Relations in 2019. Johnson is housed at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he is director of the Tribal Sovereignty Institute and director of Graduate Studies in the American Indian Studies Department.

In addition to his academic work, Johnson is a resource to tribal governments and Native American people with more than three decades of leadership and service in the field of Federal-Indian law and policy. He served as a tribal attorney for more than 20 years, served as a tribal court judge and administrator, and is a frequent lecturer on American Indian history and Federal Indian Law. He spent five years with the U.S. House of Representatives, ultimately becoming staff director and counsel to the Subcommittee on Native American Affairs. In 1997, President Clinton appointed Johnson to chair the National Indian Gaming Commission. He is nationally recognized in the area of Native American Law and is an enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa.

Johnson received a B.A. at the University of St. Thomas, a J.D. at the University of Minnesota Law School, and serves on the Boards of the Udall Foundation and the Native Governance Center.

Raul Aguilar JrRaul Aguilar Jr. is an enrolled tribal member of the Red Lake Nation. He is currently serving as the Senior Coordinator for the Circle of Indigenous Nations student services office here at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He currently serves as the president for the Minnesota Association for Counselors of Color (MnACC), a non-profit organization that focuses on college access and scholarship opportunities for underrepresented students for the state of Minnesota. Raul holds a BA in Communication Studies, and is currently finishing up his MA program in Education, Policy, and Leadership at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Hosted by the University of Minnesota School of Nursing
University of Minnesota co-sponsors:
  • Bell Museum
  • Center for Spirituality and Healing
  • Circle of Indigenous Nations
  • Institute on the Environment
  • Office for Equity and Diversity
  • Office for Public Engagement


Wednesday, March 3, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:45pm