Announcing a special guest speaker at Speak for Wolves conference: Rain

Rain is the Director of FAMILY, a new short film asking Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland to relist the wolf under the Endangered Species Act.

Join us for the 3-minute film screening followed by Q&A and conversation with Rain on the first day of the conference, Saturday, August 14th at 4pm PDT.

Additional speaker announcements and full conference schedule below!

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Rain Bear Stands Last is an acclaimed documentary film director. Two of his films have drawn national and international attention to the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls crisis: Say Her Name and Somebody’s Daughter.

Rain currently serves as Executive Director, Global Indigenous Council, leading the policy positions and implementing the manifesto of one of the most effective current indigenous rights organizations; as Senior Advisor, Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, and as UN Ambassador, International Romani Union.

Speaker Announcement

Visit the program page for full schedule details and speaker bios. 

Erica Prather is an organizer on federal policy in Arizona and National Outreach Representative for Defenders of Wildlife.

Erica will advise on how best to advocate with decision makers. Take action, make a difference, and have your voice heard through the legislative process!

Stephen Capra of Footloose Montana is the former Executive Director of New Mexico Wild and worked to create two National Monuments and three wilderness areas in New Mexico. He started the Mexican wolf coalition and worked to end trapping in New Mexico. 

Stephen will give an overview on the wolf issue and reality check on Montana’s legislature and Governor.

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A Speak for Wolves annual tradition, this year’s conference shirts are screenprinted by a local Portland artist on 100% organic cotton, sweatshop free, USA-made, unisex, soft jersey Royal Apparel tees in Pacific Blue color with gold ink. Sizes XS to XXL.

Full Conference Program

All times are given in Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7)

Saturday August 14th: 10 am – 4:30 pm PDT

  • 10 am  Welcome, Opening Remarks
  • 10:10 am  Corrine Nugent-Hayes, Poet, Wolf Advocate: Poetry reading: “When Shall These Mournings For Us End”
  • 10:15 am  Christopher Sebastian, Author, Researcher, Lecturer: Lone Wolf
  • 11:30 am  Zoë Hanley, Defenders of Wildlife: Innovating Predator-Livestock Non-Lethal Tools: Radio-Activated Guard Box 2.0
  • 1 pm  Michael Waasegiizhig Price, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission: “Whatever Happens to the Wolves Will Happen to Us”: Cultural Reflections of the Relationship Between the Wolf and the Anishinaabe People
  • 1:45 pm  Sristi Kamal, Defenders of Wildlife: Oregon’s Wolves: Conflict and Coexistence
  • 3 pm  Stephen Capra, Footloose Montana: Update on Wolves in Montana
  • 3:30 pm  John Murtaugh, Defenders of Wildlife: Colorado’s Gray Wolf Reintroduction
  • 4 pm  “FAMILY” short film screening followed by Q&A with the Director, Rain Bear Stands Last, Filmmaker; Global Indigenous Council

Sunday August 15th: 10 am – 3:45 pm PDT

  • 10 am  Welcome, Day 2
  • 10:10 am  Anna Le, Biologist & Educator, Yellowstone National Park: The Harms of Gatekeeping Wildlife
  • 11 am  Quinn Read, Center for Biological Diversity: Fish & Wildlife Commission Reform
  • 1 pm  Panel: Jodi Habush Sinykin, Environmental Attorney; Samantha Bruegger, WildEarth Guardians; and Nancy Warren, National Wolfwatcher Coalition: Blueprints for Wolf Conservation Planning Using Science, Inclusivity & Ethical Practices
  • 1:40 pm  Erica Prather, Defenders of Wildlife: Take Action, Make a Difference, Have Your Voice Heard Through the Legislative Process
  • 2:30 pm  Sarah Hanneken, Animal Equality and Faunalytics: The Importance of Data for Effective Wildlife Advocacy
  • 3:10 pm  Panel: Airick, Hunt Saboteurs Association; Steph, Speak for Wolves: Using Direct Action as A Tactic for Saving Wildlife
  • 3:45 pm  Conference Closing

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