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The Advocate's Toolbox

Uplift 2015 connected young movers-and-shakers, teaching them necessary tools to be effective advocates in their home communities on the plateau. Featured workshops included:

  • Photography and conservation
  • Writing as activism
  • How to influence agency decisions


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I now feel empowered with knowledge to carry forward and make actual change. It was so important to bring people together from diverse backgrounds so we can learn from each other...also, [I was] so inspired to see an event this effective organized by people my age!

—Uplift participant

Uplift 2015 - Schedule

Friday, April 17, 2015

3:00 pm
Shuttles leave from Grand Canyon Trust (2601 N. Fort Valley Rd, Flagstaff) to Camp Colton

4:00 pm
Welcoming, orientation, and opening the space (Trust staff; Uplift organizers)

4:30 pm
Kick-off speaker (Klee Benally). Break.

5:45 pm
"State of the Plateau" panel on land, water, and politics (Sarah Ponticello, Sierra Club Plateau Chapter; Tony Skrelunas, Grand Canyon Trust Native America Program Director)

7:00 pm

8:00 pm
Music (Caleb Kulfan)

 Saturday, April 18, 2015

7:00 am
Morning Mindfulness and Movement Activity (Devin Hubbard)

8:00 am

9:00 am
Morning Keynote talk and discussion (Nicole Horseherder, To Nizhoni Ani). Break.

10:30 am
Workshop Session 1: Ecofeminism (Rosalie Whately, Prescott College), TerraBIRDS (Bob Chambers), Wilderness and Wildness (Brooke Larsen and Brian Andersen, Uplift organizers), Nonviolent Direct Action (Rachel Carter and Jesse Fruhwirth, Peaceful Uprising)

11:45 am
Lunch and Tabling Fair (featuring sponsoring organizations)

1:15 pm
Workshop Session 2: Conscious Recreation (Mathieu Brown, Prescott College), Protecting Wild Utah (SUWA), TerraBIRDS (Bob Chambers), Energy and Water (Colleen Cooley and Janene Yazzie), Passion for Place: Photography in Conservation (Kristen Caldon, Grand Canyon Wildlands Council). Break.

3:00 pm
Workshop Session 3: Writing as Advocacy (Seth Muller), World Action Collective: Working with and through Activist Bournout (Willie Heineke), Navigating the Federal Bureaucracy: How to Influence Agency Decisions (Mike Ferguson, PLF), Black Mesa Water Coalition: Just Transitions and Restorative Economy (Roberto Nutlouis, BMWC). Break.

5:30 pm
Evening Keynote (Save the Confluence)

7:00 pm

8:00 pm
Film Screening – Our Canyonlands (Q&A to follow with activist and filmmaker Justin Clifton)

 Sunday, April 19, 2015

7:00 am
Morning Mindfulness or Movement Activity

8:00 am

9:00 am
Workshop Session 4: Creating Effective Media (Justin Clifton), Artivism (Chip Thomas), Film as a Tool for Advocacy (Jake Hoyungowa and Deidra Peaches, Paper Rocket Productions). Roundtable discussions (people divide into 8-10 person groups to process/react/generate new ideas from the weekend)

10:30 am
Action Coalition planning (break-out groups to strategize future actions)

12:30 am

1:30 pm
Wrap-up and final gesture

2:00 pm
Uplift ends; shuttle back to GCT Homestead

Blake McCord

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Uplift just became the primary conference of sustainably focused minds on the Colorado Plateau. This is a networking tool, as much as its own community.  I’m looking forward to seeing it develop.

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