Climate and Nature Emergency in the Amazon

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In this presentation, Chief Ninawa Huni Kui will present an overview of the challenges faced by his people as guardians of the Amazon rainforest and river-basin, and the implications of further destruction of the Amazon for the global climate crisis. Chief Ninawa will also present an outline of his existing research partnerships across faculties at UBC, including long-term collaborations with faculty and students in EDST.


Chief Ninawa Huni Kui is a hereditary chief of the Huni Kui people and also the elected President of the Huni Kui Federation of the State of Acre, in the Amazon region. He represents  118 communities and a population of more than 15.000 people.  The Huni Kui Indigenous people are part of the Amazon rainforest and put their lives on the line to protect it. Chief Ninawa has been a strong voice against false solutions to the climate crisis and a global advocate for placing Indigenous rights and lives at the centre of the climate and nature emergency agenda.

Date: Monday, April 25th, 2022

Time: 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Location: Ponderosa Commons – Oak House – Room 2012



Climate and Nature Emergency in the Amazon