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Sustainability Film Series: Gather

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Thursday, May 18, 2023, 7 pm– 9 pm

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Sustainability Film and Facilitated Discussion Series presents

Gather (75 min.)


Native Americans on the front lines of a growing movement reconnect with spiritual and cultural identities that were devastated by genocide (2020).

NOTE: The location has been changed to U. J. Noblet Forestry Building 144.

Discussion Facilitators

Sierra Ayres
Walking the Path Together Program Coordinator

Sierra Ayres is a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Lake Superior Band of Ojibwe. She graduated from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis in 2019 with a Masters in Social Work, and from the University of Michigan in 2017 with a B.A. in Sociology. Along with being the Program Coordinator for the Walking the Path Together program in the Department of Social Work here at NMU, Sierra is a full-spectrum doula and youth sexual health educator.

Rachael Pressley
Regional Planner for the Western U.P. Planning and Development Region

Rachael Pressley is a Regional Planner with the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR). She works with local communities to collaboratively plan rural food systems, hazard mitigation and climate adaptation, and accessible recreation. Rachael is originally from Alaska and enjoys spending time outdoors, foraging for berries, hiking, gardening, cooking, beach combing for agates, and portrait photography. She received her degree in Geology from Michigan Tech in 2014.

Questions about the film series, contact Alan Turnquist at


FREE. $5 suggested donation per film to support the Sustainability Film Series is appreciated. Make donation online or in-person at the film showing

Cosponsored By

Michigan Tech Office of Sustainability and Resilience, Keweenaw Land Trust, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Friends of the Land of Keweenaw, Refill U.P., MTU College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, MTU Department of Social Sciences Sustainability Science Program, MTU Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering, Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, Sustainability Demonstration House, MI Tech Great Lakes Research Center, and MTU Students for Sustainability.

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