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We respond to invitations to participate in conferences, community meetings, trainings, and many other types of events. This is a partial listing for the current and past years.






Current 2017 Calendar

2017 Upcoming Events updated as confirmed


September 23 2017 – September 24, 2017

Infusing Indigenous Wisdom; Pathways to a Deeper Awareness

Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)
5135 NE Columbia Blvd.ortland, OR, 97218

The program consists of five (5), 1 1/2 hours long workshops, facilitated by Aleut Elder Ilarion (Larry) Merculieff designed to address the question: when we attempt to problem solve are we addressing the consciousness that caused the problemin the first place?  Our approach is to develop understandings based on indigenous perspectives, explore paths for moving forward together. Please see Ilarion’s 3 1/2 minute video, Are we Asking the Right Questions?

More Information and RegistrationInfusing Indigenous Wisdom; Pathways to a Deeper Awareness


March 16 -20, 2017

Ancestors and the Land: What Kind of Ancestor Do you Want to Be?
Pt. Reyes, California


Download the conference flyer: HOPE conference 03-17-2017 to 03-19-2017  (PDF)


June 18 thru 22, 2017

Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI) and Columbia University’s Teachers College, NY

Visit the SMBI Website spirituality mind body institute and teachers college columbia university for more information about their work


September 20 thru 27 2017

Presbyterians for Earth Care National Conference, Blessing the Waters of Life –

Justice and Healing for Our Watershed, Portland, Oregon


Sept. 28 thru 30 2017

Keynote, Sustainability Conference, Canton, New York

~~~~~~~~~~~~ 2016 Past Events ~~~~~~~~~~~~

September 22, 2016
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders (ANS/RD 401)
Class: Sept 22, 2016 (and October 27, 2016)
5:10pm to 8pm
Contact info:
Distance Deliver: 1-800-277-8060 (907) 474-7341
Please note this class is also scheduled for October 27, 2016

October 6, 2016
Indigenous Epistemologies distance course
5:00pm to 7:00pm

October 21 – 23, 2016 – Bioneers, San Rafael, California
Sat, Session 1:
Act Now, Before It Is Too Late: Messages from Indigenous EldersAs Traditional Messenger for the Unungan (Aleut) People, Ilarion Merculieff is tasked to share messages from Indigenous elders with the world, and to be a bridge from ancient into modern times. This session will focus on timely messages about what needs to be done now. As Mother Earth’s life support systems are being pushed to the edge, elders all over the world are calling us to act and to act now. This means everything we do is relevant, inner and outer. How do we reconcile this with everyday life? What is relevant action, now? With Ilarion Merculieff & Sharon Shay Sloan, council trainer and community steward. Bioneers of all ages strongly invited to attend. Note: This is not a typical council session. Please see Bioneers Conference Website

October 27, 2016
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Cultural Knowledge of Native Elders (ANS/RD 401)
Class: October 27, 2016
5:10pm to 8pm
Contact info:
Distance Deliver: 1-800-277-8060 (907) 474-7341

October 29, 2016
Earth Matters
Near Boulder Creek, Ca.

November 5-7, 2016
Spirituality, Youth Development and Education Conference
Pocantico Center, NY, NY
Ssponsored by Columbia University
Contact Loren Foley, Program Coordinator

July 19th – Ilarion Merculieff’s book entitled ‘Wisdom Keeper – one man’s journey to honor the untold history of the Unangan People‘ will be available in all major bookstores. It can be ordered online at

Past 2016 Keynotes & Events

July 25 Next Steps for Realizing a Sustainable Future, International Society for Systems Science, Colorado, USA

JulyThe Interplay of Ancient Wisdom and Modern Science, Global Online Speaker Summit

June 20-22 – Visiting scholar at Spirituality and Mind-Body Institute, Columbia University, Teachers College, New York.

June 12 – International Bear Conference, Opening Address, Anchorage

2016 Tribal Green Summit

March 8, 2016 – Keynote speaker at Banquet

March 9, 2016 – Co-facilitating an experiential workshop on the 9th entitled:

From the Mind to the Heart: What we can do now to help Mother Earth with Galina Vladi


Summit information: North West Climate Science Center


Past 2014 Keynotes & Events

6th Annual Behavioral Health Aide (BHA) Forum 

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Anchorage, AK


Celebrating the Indigenous Roots of Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Oakland, CA


Healing of the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine

Weaving EarthPetaluma, CA


Keynote Speech

Wilderness 50 conference, Albuquerque, NM


Keynote Presentation and Community Councils on Sacred Masculine/Sacred Feminine and other topics.

Bioneers, CA


Traditional Wisdom Modern Times

East Bay Media Center

Hosted by Circle of Ancestors, CA


Science Pub

Taproot, Anchorage


the Real Human Being

Alaska Plants as Food and Medicine Symposium, Girdwood



Portland, Oregon



Alaska Native Leadership Gathering, sponsored by the First Alaskans Institute



2 day Youth Camp

Weaving EarthPetaluma, CA


Book Signing

Bookstore, Bioneers, CA


Cross-cultural training

Genesis organization, Anchorage


4 day excursion on climate change

with Presbyterian Church, US


2012   Keynotes

Community Resilience Project



Alaska Native Male Identity

University of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska


Alaska Health Information Management Association (AKHIMA)

Organizational Excellence from an Indigenous Perspective Anchorage, Alaska


Earth and Spirit Council’s Earthday Conference

Portland State University, Portland, Oregon


Indigenous People, Climate Change, and Environmental Knowledge

University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon


Going to the Heart of Sustainability: An Indigenous Wisdomkeeper’s Perspective

with Ilarion Merculieff David Brower Center, Berkeley, California


International Funders of Indigenous Peoples, Spiritual Perspectives on Global Challenges

San Francisco, California


Going to the Heart of the Matter: Sustainability and the Sacred Feminine

The Ojai Foundation, Ojai, California

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October 18–20, 2013

Bioneers Conference

San Rafael, California

Keynote Presentation and Community Councils on Sacred Masculine/Sacred Feminine and other topics

Bioneers is a non-profit educational organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. Since 1990, Bioneers has acted as a fertile hub of social and scientific innovators with nature-inspired approaches for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. We connect people with solutions and each other. Our acclaimed national and local conferences are complemented by extensive media outreach including an award-winning radio series, book series and role in media projects such as Leonardo DiCaprio’s film The 11th Hour.

This event is open to the public.

Council Circles

International Funders of Indigenous Peoples, Spiritual Perspectives on Global Challenges

San Francisco, California


Bioneers Conference,

Councils on the emergent sacred masculine and feminine, intergenerational collaboration

San Rafael, California  



First Alaskans Institute Leadership Gathering of Youth

UAF class on Native Science

AkNOS (Alaska Native Oratory Society) – Judge

Anchorage, Alaska


Ilarion Merculieff and Jules Cashford on the Sacred Feminine

Marin County, California


Opening Ceremony for Tamalpais Trust

Mount Tamalpais, Marin County, California


Living Council Immersion –  Co-Facilitator

Ojai, California


Ancient Wisdom Rising, A gathering of traditional elders and indigenous wisdom keepers

Altanta, Georgia

Alaska Native Tribal Leadership Summit



Indigenous Elder Wisdom for Modern Times: Why It is Needed To Shift Paradigms That Are Pushing Earth’s Life Support Systems to the Edge.

Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon


The True Intelligence of the Real Human Being.

Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon


Bridging Between Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Cartesian Based Western Science: Why Is It Needed and What Can Indigenous Ways Offer to Better Understand Nature.

Chemawa Indian School, Salem, Oregon


Traditional Ways, The Ways of the Real Human Being, Elder Wisdom, and Team Building That Can Change Self and the World. – Teambuilding workshop

“This interactive workshop explored the myriad of ways used by indigenous cultures to unify the “mind” of the group so that everyone’s contribution is valued and used, and how use of connecting and peaceful language of mind, body, and spirit can bring greater results than the use of “majority and minority.” Participants learned how to express seemingly polarized viewpoints without alienating any participant on the team.”  – ARCUS Staff   2009


Alaska Native Peoples and Climate Change: What Are We Observing? – Keynote Presenter

Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, Alaska.


Should Alaska Provide Support to Sustain Rural Villages? – Panelist

University of Alaska Difficult Dialogues Anchorage, Alaska.


The Future of Subsistence in Alaska – Presenter

University of Alaska Book of the Year Program Anchorage, Alaska


Partnerships Between Alaska Native Peoples and Government  Agencies – Panelist

Alaska Forum on the Environment Anchorage, Alaska    



Traditional Ways of Knowing and the Real Human Being – Keynote Presenter

Society for the Advancement of Chicano and Native American Students Salt Lake City, Utah


Traditional and Western Medicine, Can They Work Together? – Emcee and Keynote Presenter 

Healing from the Center Conference, University of Alaska, Anchorage


Original Teachings for All Nations – Emcee and Keynote Presenter

North American Convening Of Indigenous Peoples For The Healing of Mother Earth Gathering Palenque,

Chiapas, Mexico


Climate Extremes:  Science, Wisdom, Humility May Help Humanity – Keynote Speaker

2008 EPA Region 10 Tribal Leaders Summit Washington


Native Ways of Knowing, Spirituality, and Healing – Keynote Speaker

Universalist Church, Earthday Celebration, Anchorage


An Alaskan Face to Climate Changes – Keynote Speaker

University of Oregon, Portland, Oregon    



Elder Wisdom and Climate Change – Keynote Speaker

EcoArts Festival Boulder, Colorado


Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Climate Change – Keynote Speaker

University of Colorado, Boulder


Alaska Native Epistemologies:  Mind and Nature – Lecturer

University of Alaska, Anchorage


The Ways of the Real Human Being: Elder Wisdom and Community and Individual Wellness – Keynote Speaker

National Association of Social Workers Alaska Annual Conference on Recovery, Resilience and Resolution: Healing From Trauma Anchorage, Alaska


Traditional Spirituality and Earth Changes – Keynote Speaker

Eagle and Condor Symposium Northern College, Ontario, Canada


Climate Change: Alaska Native  Subsistence, Wildlife and Land Management – Presenter and Panel Moderator

Alaska Forum on the Environment Anchorage, Alaska


Climate Change from the Alaska Native Perspective – Presenter

14th Annual National Tribal Environmental Council Conference Albuquerque, New Mexico


Native Perspectives on Environmental Monitoring – Presenter

Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation Alaska Monitoring and Assessment Program Anchorage, Alaska


Adaptive Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples In Times of Environmental Change – Keynote Speaker

Earth Day, Kodiak, Alaska


The Real Human Being: Alaska Native Ways For Health and Wellbeing – Keynote Speaker

Culture Day, First Health National Conference Anchorage, Alaska


Teachings from the Womb for Community Healing – Workshop Facilitator

Oshweken, Ontario, Canada  



Traditional Knowledge and Wisdom and Who Owns Nature  – Keynote Speaker

Who Owns Nature: Bioprospecting, Biotechnology and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Conference,

La Pena, Seattle University


Wisdom of the Elders for Modern Times – Keynote Speaker

University of Montana Wilderness Lecture series Billings, Montana


Alaska Native Cultures and Healing – Guest Lecturer

for Masters of Public Health students University of Alaska, Anchorage


Strategies for Successful Relationships and Partnerships with Alaska Natives and Their Organizations” – Presenter and workshop facilitator

Bioneers Conference, Anchorage


Elder Wisdom, Subsistence Rights, and the Environment”, – Keynote Speaker

12th Annual Alaska Tribal Conference on Environmental Management Anchorage, Alaska

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Spirituality and Science – Presenter

Wildlife Society 13th Annual Conference Anchorage, Alaska


Traditional Knowledge and Western Science – Presenter

National Tribal Forum on Environmental Science Quinault Indian Reservation, Washington state


Indigenous Environmental Monitoring – Presenter

panel presentation, American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting

Fairbanks, Alaska


An Aleut’s Perspective on Seabirds of the Bering Sea – Keynote Speaker

Katchemak Bay Shorebird Festival, Homer, Alaska


Healing and the Ways of the Real Human Being – Emcee and Presenter

Honoring Our Wisdom Keepers Gathering, Anchorage


The Importance of Fish to Alaska Natives – Presenter

Marine Science in Alaska, 2006 Symposium Anchorage, Alaska


Traditional Ways of Grieving and Healing – Keynote Speaker

2nd Annual Remembering The Light – A Community-Wide Memorial Ceremony, Anchorage, Alaska


Alaska Natives and Western Science – Panel Moderator

Alaska Forum On the Environment Anchorage, Alaska


Alaska Natives Today – Lecturer

Steller High School Culture Day, Anchorage, Alaska


Alaska Native Elder Wisdom and Planning – Presenter

Institute Of Tribal Environmental Professionals, Solid Waste Management Training Anchorage, Alaska


Alaska Natives and Global Warming – Presenter

Maniilaq Annual Regional Conference, Kotzebue, Alaska


Alaska Native Cultures, Spirituality, and Elder Wisdom – Lecturer

University of Alaska, Native Cultures class, Anchorage, Alaska


Alaska Native Health Research Conference – EmCee

Anchorage, Alaska


Arctic Pollutants, the Effects on Alaska Native Communities – Keynote Speaker

2006 Pacific Northwest P2 Roundtable Anchorage, Alaska


Traditional Grieving Song – Performance

UAA School of Nursing, Anchorage, Alaska



The Wisdom of the Elders and The Real Human Being – Keynote Speaker

8th World Wilderness Congress Anchorage, Alaska


Native Perspectives on Western Science and Environmentalism: Strategies for Addressing Alaska’s  Environmental Challenges” – Adjunct Professor, 500 level class

University of Alaska-Anchorage and Juneau/Fairbanks/Bethel campuses


Creating Fisheries Conservation and Economic Justice in the  North Pacific – Presenter

National Network of Grantmakers Conference Semiahmoo Resort, Washington


The Heart of the Halibut: How Fish Are More Than Just Fish  To An Alaska Native – Presenter

American Fisheries Society 135th Annual Meeting Anchorage, Alaska


Climate Change and Arctic Communities – Presenter

Global Ocean Ecosystem Symposium  (GLOBEC) Victoria, BC, Canada


Climate Change is Real To Alaska Natives – Presenter

Global Warming Awareness Rally University of Alaska, Anchorage


Informing Communities About the Nutritional Value of  Subsistence Foods – Presenter

Alaska Health Summit Anchorage, Alaska


Science Working Group – Chair and Presenter

Snowchange International Climate Change Conference, Anchorage, Alaska



Alaska Natives As Stakeholders in Environmental Monitoring – Presenter

NOAA, Enhancing Decision-making  Through Integrated Climate Research


Traditional Ways of Knowing and Western Science – Guest Lecturer

University of Alaska-Fairbanks


Alaska Native Ways of Knowing – Guest Lecturer

University of Alaska-Anchorage


Alaska Native Spirituality and Science – Presenter

American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, Anchorage, Alaska


Alaska Native Relationships to Water – Keynote Speaker

International Arctic Research Center Fairbanks, Alaska


Mother Earth and Traditional Ways – Workshop Presenter

Bioneers Annual Conference, Anchorage, Alaska


What Alaska Natives Can Tell You About Climate Change – Keynote Speaker

National Weather Service and Weather Forecasters Meeting

Anchorage, Alaska


What Are The Birds Telling Us – Panel Moderator

Alaska Pacific University Environmental Conference sponsored by the Alaska Natural Resource and Outdoor Recreation, and Audubon Society, Anchorage


The Real Human Being and Today’s Youth – Keynote Speaker

Alaska Youth Court Annual Conference Homer, Alaska


Alaska Natives and Climate Change – Guest Presenter

American Indian Living national radio talk show


Alaska Native and Traditional Ways of Knowing and EPA – Presenter

National Tribal Caucus and  Indian Program Policy Council Meeting, Washington, DC.


Climate Change and Alaska Natives – Presenter and Panel Moderator

Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Leadership Forum, Girdwood, Alaska  



Linking Traditional Knowledge and Western Science in  Ethnobiology – Keynote Speaker

The World Conference on Ethnobiology, Athens, Georgia


Alaska Natives and the Bering Sea – Presenter

White House Conference on the Oceans, Monterey, California



Linking Traditional Knowledge and Wisdom to Ecosystem Based Approaches to Research and Management: Supporting A Marginalized Way of Knowing – Keynote Speaker

16th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium and 1998 Joint Meeting of the American Fisheries Society Western Division, Alaska Chapter and North Pacific International Chapter, Anchorage, Alaska



Traditional Knowledge and Wisdom and Environment – Presenter

Alaska Watersheds Conference Anchorage, Alaska


Traditional Knowledge and Wisdom in the Bering Sea: Issues and Concerns – Presenter

Proceedings of the Alaska Seas Marine Conservation Biology Conference Anchorage, Alaska



The Value of Indigenous World-views and Processes for Community Planning – Keynote Speaker

Alaska Transportation Planning for Livable Communities Conference Anchorage, Alaska



Establishing Rapport Between Indigenous Coastal Cultures and the Western Scientific Community – Keynote Speaker

Fourth International Symposium of The Conference of Asian and Pan-Pacific University Presidents Anchorage, Alaska   1994


Cross-Cultural Communication: The Need for a Two-Way Exchange for the Sake of Survival – Keynote Speaker

International Conference of Hunting and Gathering Societies