WSU Vancouver will hold its fourth annual Interdisciplinary Social Justice Conference April 21 – 22

WSU Vancouver will hold its fourth annual Interdisciplinary Social Justice Conference April 21 – 22

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Washington State University Vancouver’s Native Programs and the Collective for Social and Environmental Justice ( are hosting their fourth annual Social Justice Conference on the theme of “Native Sovereignty, Decolonization, Divestment, Reparations and Environmental Justice: Constructing Coalitions at the Intersections.”

The conference takes place 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 21 and 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22. All sessions will be held over Zoom. Preregistration is required. Registration and more information can be found at: The event is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by more than 15 organizations and units across the multi-campus WSU system, including Fossil Free WSU, which is spearheading a systemwide student-run fossil fuel divestment campaign, the SJCON program features speakers and roundtable panels investigating the intersection of Native, BIPOC and environmental justice issues, especially in the Pacific Northwest.

The conference opens up space for public dialogue about the enduring impacts of the 19th century Morrill Act, which “redistributed nearly 11 million acres” of Indigenous land, “turning land expropriated from tribal nations into seed money for higher education,” according to High Country News.

Program panels include:

  • Salmon Scam: Criminalization and Exoneration of Native Fisher People
  • Indigenous Traditional Ecological and Cultural Knowledge: Decolonizing Academia and Nurturing Healthy Futures Through First Foods and Plant Relatives
  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous People: Fossil Fuels, Man Camps and a Case for Divestment, Reinvestment and Reparations
  • Indigenous/Black Solidarity: From AIM and the Black Panthers to Standing Rock and the George Floyd Uprising
  • Speaking to the Gap: Health Disparities and Death in Indian Country
  • With a screening and discussion of “Atomic Bamboozle,” a documentary that follows activists as they expose the true costs of new small nuclear reactor designs

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Brenda Alling, Office of Marketing and Communication, 360-546-9601,

Desiree Hellegers, director, Collective for Social and Environmental Justice, WSU Vancouver, 503-927-1709 (cell),

Julian Ankeny, coordinator, Native American Programs, WSU Vancouver, 971-803-9898 (cell),