Drawing from Indigenous Wisdom: Centering Life in Society & Economy

Building a “next system” to supplant the current systemic drivers of our economic and political crises should include the wisdom of Indigenous cultures rooted in non-capitalist social and economic forms that center life and nature.

This panel discussion hosted by The Democracy Collaborative features Freida Jacques, Turtle Clan Mother of the Onondaga Nation; Jeff Corntassel of the Cherokee Nation and professor of Indigenous studies at the University of Victoria; and Miki’ala Catalfano, a Hawai’i expat and co-director of Native Roots Network. Moderating is Stephanie Gutierrez, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota and founder of Hope Nation LLC. Introducing the panel is Joe Guinan, president of The Democracy Collaborative.


This conversation was originally produced by The Democracy Collaborative at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znyv0YYxfcA&ab_channel=DemocracyCollaborative.

Photo by Mladen Borisov on Unsplash.


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About the Lead Author

Freida Jacques
Freida Jacques
Turtle Clan Mother Whatwehni:neh, Freida Jacques, is a respected leader of the Onondaga Nation and within the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. She has served the Turtle Clan for over 40 years as a Haudenosaunee cultural liaison within educational institutions across New York State. Freida continues to help educate audiences about the Haudenosaunee Confederacy—the oldest living government founded upon the principles of Peace and Democracy.

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