Webinar: Indigenous Women’s Current Affairs

Indigenous Women and Interculturality: “collaborative conversations for a good life”

Title: Indigenous Women and Interculturality: “collaborative conversations for a good life”

Speakers: Idoia Arana-Beodide (Canada), Liliana Kremer (Argentina), Liz Sandra Ramírez (Paraguay), Irma Liliana Bertozzi (Salta), Elder Miigam’agan (Wabanaki), Margaret Kress (Saskatchewan), Myriame Martineau (Canada) and Elena Beatriz Martínez Riquelme (Paraguay).

Moderator: Pate Palero

Date: November 19, 2020

Time: 16hrs Canada EST – 18hrs Argentina

Format: Webinar via Zoom. FB Live. Instagram Live.


The purpose of this webinar-conversatium is to promote the visibility, empowerment, leadership of indigenous women and recognize the ties between Indigenous Women and advocates from Canada and the Latin American Chaco (Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay). Through these dialogues we aim to bring global awareness, to expand policies and intercultural approaches to encourage a life free of violence, with no discrimination, nor racism, a more democratic land and promote actions that stand up for Indigenous women human rights without distinction.

Our approach is intercultural conceived as a way of living, of connecting with others and of being in the world.

Our base is to defend and celebrate diversity from culture, education, design, arts and crafts and with an unrestricted defense of our human rights and democracy.

It is also intersectional since we know that the multiple problems that women experience have to do with their ethnic origin, their class belonging, their situation in the territory – peasant, indigenous, fair-minded, migrants-, with their age, with their educational level, and so many others.

This meeting will have a conversational format because we are convinced that through dialogue, we can transform ourselves and our worlds. These discussions are scaffolds for the construction of capacities of organizations led by indigenous women, in cooperation and alliances with women of different origins and backgrounds.

In our territories – in the North and in the South – indigenous women run risks of violence, abandonment, and lack of care. Indigenous communities are affected in relation to their lands, access to drinking water and the serious effects of environmental pollution.

Work to strengthen the participation of women from their indigenous organizations, the transmission of knowledge and leadership, and the fruitful exchange with other groups and sectors of society.


Idoia Arana-Beodide

Idoia Arana-Beobide is dedicated to promoting the feminine aspect based on the indigenous spiritual belief systems and the architectural environment that together shape the culture of a society. Idoia works as the CEO of Douglas Cardinal Architect, Inc. where she promotes the principles of organic architecture and its matrix-cultural character. She is also the co-founder director of the International Network for Training, Education, and Research on Culture (INTERC or ‘Network on Culture’) and its subsidiary, the Global Matriculture Research Network (GMRN or ‘Mat-Net’). Idoia is a partner and active member of the Association for the Studies of Women and Mythology, and JAUZARREA, a Centre for the study and dissemination of Basque culture. Idoia is proud to be Euskalduna (Basque-Basque speaking) with studies in Museology, Interdisciplinary Studies (Medieval) and a master’s degree in Religion and Public Life.

Liliana Kremer

Doctorate in Agrarian Social Studies. Professor and director of research project. National University of Cordoba. Associate Professor University of Sherbrooke. Member of the Advisory Council of Chaco Networks, of the coordination of the Colectivo de mujeres del Chaco Americano and of the Board of Directors of ARIC.

Liliana Kremer, Argentine and French, activist feminism perspective on defense of human rights, for democracy and peace.

Doctor in Agrarian Social Studies, Mediator from an intercultural perspective. Master’s in education.

Member of the Collective of Women of the American Chaco, Chaco Networks, ARIC and the International Network of Feminisms in Dialogue.

Professor and researcher at the National University of Córdoba, Associate Professor at the Sherbrooke School of Social Work (Ca)

Liz Sandra Ramírez

Indigenous educator of the Qom People. Member of the Collective of Women of the Chaco. She is part of the group of indigenous women of the SUNU Intercultural Action Group that has developed an experience of training in rights for a life free of inter-village violence. She has experience in accompanying the social and cultural situations of the indigenous communities of the Paraguayan Chaco in indigenous school education of the Qom People.

Irma Liliana Bertozzi

She is president of the Guarani Estación el Tabacal Indigenous community in the Province of Salta Argentina.

She is the leader of the work in the community for the territorial recovery of 5000 hectares disputed by the community and the Multinational company Seaboard Corporation Alimento y Energías Renovables, who have political power and economic power where our fight is between us with the company and the State.

Founder and activist of an indigenous organization from which many other organizations of indigenous women of the Argentine North are encompassing, from which different independent and individual rural peasant indigenous political organizations are articulated where gender violence, discrimination, interculturality and environmental issues are addressed.

Elder Miigam’agan

Miigam’agan is a Wabanaki/Mi’kmaw grandmother of the Jagej Clan from Esgenoôpetitj/ Burnt Church. She is a mother of four wonderful people and a grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren. Her life has been devoted to Wabanaki cultural revival and promoting an understanding of Indigenous matriarchal systems drawing on her language. She is Elder-in-Residence at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, NB, a role in which she provides support for First Nation students and offers opportunities for the students and faculty to learn from indigenous knowledge keepers. Miigam’agan is also a member of the steering committee on Adult Education Initiatives for the Catherine Donnelly Foundation and a co-chair for the Women of First Light, an indigenous women-led initiative on adult education for radical social change.

Dra. Margaret Kress

Dr. Margaret Kress, Tahkwaki Waapikwani Iskwew, was born in Saskatchewan on Treaty Four territory and the Métis homelands. She proudly embraces her Michif ancestry and continues to honour her French, English and German relations. Margaret works closely with Elders, knowledge keepers and community leaders throughout Canada to ensure Indigenous truths are brought forth and right action is taken. As an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Brunswick, she supports graduate students as they focus on critical issues associated with Indigenous governance, child welfare, and education. She is the recipient of several national and provincial grants and has conducted academic and community-based research to support initiatives lead by Indigenous communities.  She is the author of selected publications of the Canadian Women Studies, kimiwan, Of Land & Living Skies: A community Journal on Place, Land, and Learning, and Honouring Indigenous Women-Hearts of Nation.

Myriame Martineau

Myriame Martineau is a professor-researcher-creator in the sociology department at the University of Quebec at Montreal. She is interested in the social relations of sex, ethnicity and race in the world of storytelling in Quebec and in the Francophonie, according to a critical discourse approach. She has also been a storyteller and writer for 25 years, under Myriame El Yamani (artist name).
Myriame Martineau est professeure-chercheure-créatrice au département de sociologie de l’Université du Québec à Montréal. Elle s’intéresse aux rapports sociaux de sexe, ethniques et de race dans le monde du conte au Québec et dans la francophonie, selon une approche critique de discours. Elle est aussi conteuse et écrivaine depuis 25 ans, sous Myriame El Yamani (nom d’artiste).

Elena Beatriz Martínez Riquelme

Educator, researcher, feminist. Member of the Sunu Group of Intercultural Action.

Educator with experience in the socio-educational process in different modalities and educational trajectories, with specific training in the modalities of courses-workshops on gender perspective and training with a focus on popular education, as well as, on Education processes of literary creation and texts writing in intercultural socio-educational processes.

Member of the technical pedagogical team of General Office of Indigenous School Education of the Ministry of Education and Sciences of Paraguay.

Contributions and publications related to formal education with an emphasis on rural and vulnerable contexts; education and gender issues, participating in interdisciplinary groups in research on education and interculturality.

Pate Palero (moderadora)

Journalist member of PAR (Argentine Journalists on the Net for Non-Sexist Communication).

Hosts the children’s radio program “Me strange spider” and the radio and television series “Women who move the world” in the media of the National University of Córdoba (Argentina).

Editor for “El Tajo Feminista” www.eltajo.com.ar  Digital Magazine