Earth Week 2021

Mother Earth in Mind and Heart, in Everyone

Hosted by Bemidji State University and North Hennepin Community College

In celebration of the 51st Earth Day, Bemidji State University and North Hennepin Community College coordinated a virtual week-long summit. Beginning Monday, April 19th and continuing through Friday, April 23rd, we explored and honored our relationship with the land, our communities, and each other through a series of engaging presentations, discussions, film screenings, art, and more.  With an emphasis on institutional and systemic change, we were inspired by the diverse voices striving for a more just future for all our human and non-human relatives.  Caring for Mother Earth is caring for all of us.

Recordings are available for events in bold font below, with permission from the presenters.  Visit an event page to access the link to its recording.


Monday, April 19th

9:45 am Starting us off in a good way

10-11 am Presentation, Acknowledging the Land with Dr. Bazemore-James
2-3:30 pm Panel, The Land is Who We Are: Creating Land Acknowledgements, Indigenous and Ethnic Studies Course Requirements in Higher Education and K-12


Tuesday, April 20th

10-11 am Presentation, Every Day is Earth Day by Dream of Wild Health

12-1 pm Documentary: Jumbo Wild

4-6 pm Panel, Listening to the Diverse Voices of the Earth

7-8 pm Documentary: Jumbo Wild


Wednesday, April 21st

9:30-11:15 am Documentary: River to the Heart

12-2 pm Panel, Engaging our Students, Families, and Communities with the Earth

3:30-4:30 pm Healing Walk (Plymouth, MN) with Nicole Fernandez*

6-7:45 pm Documentary: River to the Heart


Thursday, April 22nd  [Earth Day!]

9-11 am Safe Zone Training: An Interactive Look into the LGBTQIA2S+ Community and Allyship hosted by BSU’s Phoenix Club

12-1:15 pm Documentary: Ama

2-3:40 pm Presentation, Decolonizing Sustainability by Erika Bailey-Johnson

4-5pm Earth Trivia hosted by Dr Joel Jensen and The NHCC Environmental Club*

7-8:15 pm Documentary: Ama


Friday, April 23rd

9:30-10:45 am Documentary: Gather: The fight to revitalize our native foodways

12-1 pm PresentationRestorative Loops: Honoring Relationships through Fiber Art

3-4:30 pm Racial Healing Circle*

4:30 Sending us off in a good way



If you need additional assistance, please contact:
Bemidji State University –

Erika Bailey-Johnson ( or

Jordan Lutz (

North Hennepin Community College –

Ana Munro ( or

Alberto Ramos (