Indigenous and Native Hawaiian leaders talk collaboration in sanctuaries

NEXT TUESDAY, September 21st, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation invites you to join us for a Blue Beacon Series discussion, where Indigenous leaders from current and proposed sanctuaries will share how the involvement of their communities in stewardship of special places in the ocean benefits both people and place.

Join us on Facebook Live or livestreamed on our website at 7:00pm ET!

We are honored to be joined by Indigenous leaders, who will discuss how the inclusion of native Hawaiian cultural and conservation principles in the co-management of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument has inspired other proposed national marine sanctuaries that celebrate and preserve cultural heritage, such as the proposed Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary, along California’s central coast.

  • Kalani Quiocho, Cultural Resources Coordinator, Pacific Islands Region, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
  • Brad Kaʻaleleo Wong, Kūkulu Papahānaumokuākea Program Specialist, Office of Hawaiian Affairs
  • Violet Sage Walker, Vice Chairwoman, Northern Chumash Tribal Council

We will also honor Patrick Pletnikoff, mayor of St. George Island in Alaska, who recently passed away. Mayor Pletnikoff was a steadfast proponent of a new marine sanctuary centered on the Unangan (Aleut) people.

Find biographies of our speakers on our website.

The virtual event will take place on Facebook Live at 7:00pm ET through our Blue Beacon Series: Embracing Collaborative Conservation in Future Sanctuaries Facebook event page and will also be streamed on our website.

RSVP today on the Facebook event page as “Going” or “Interested” to join us for this meaningful conversation. Mark your calendars – we look forward to seeing you on September 21st!

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