SPEAKING:

"Brook Thompson delivers an electrifying presentation. Her keynote wove an intricate story of what it means to grow up in a culture that revolves around salmon, grieve the loss of wild salmon abundance, and organize for positive change.”
 - Dana Stolzman, Executive Director, Salmonid Restoration Federation

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"Brook is a compelling and eloquent speaker who can speak to a number of important issues, including those that impact communities that she is a part of. Brook is an inspiring figure to many, and yet she is very approachable in her tone. Brook has the ability to speak directly to a subject and relay her opinion on challenges in an honest and professional manner, helping inspire an audience to action. I recommend reaching out to Brook as a knowledgeable speaker and inspiration to both individuals and communities alike."

- Serena Dressel, Coordinator of Portland State University Student Sustainability Center

"Brook is organized, diligent, and passionate about building a better future for her community and all future generations. She is an incredible public speaker who engages the crowd even when explaining complex details. Working with Brook is always a pleasure!"

- Allie Rosenbluth, Campaigns Director, Rouge Climate

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"We were so grateful to have had Brook join us as a keynote for our Future Innovators event. Her message resonated with our audience of young adults and seasoned professionals and she has a way of connecting her personal experience with her professional expertise that is deeply moving. Brook was great to work with and we hope to have the chance to welcome her back for future events!"
- Dr. Tong Zhang, Executive Director, Oregon MESA

“Brook brought a fantastic breadth of perspective to a discussion on climate change and climate justice --peeling back the curtain on much of the prevailing accepted wisdoms and mainstream approaches to climate change education and mobilization. With razor-sharp focus on the intersectional issues related to climate and social justice, a strong historical grounding in how policy happens, and a  rich lens on indigenous, traditional ecological knowledge, Brook --with an engineer's rigor and an activist's fire and passion--delivered to her audience fresh tools to think about agency around climate action.”
Tim DuRoche, Director of Programs, WorldOregon

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TOPICS I SPEAK ON:

  • TRADITIONAL ECOLOGICAL KNOWLEDGE

  • ACADEMIC SUCCESS 

  • ACTIVISM

  • CLIMATE CHANGE

  • LEARNING DISABILITIES

  • PUBLIC POLICY AND NATIVE AMERICANS

  • FOREIGN POLICY AND INDIGINAITY 

  • PUBLIC POLICY AND WATER RIGHTS

  • MURDERED AND MISSING INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND CHILDREN

  • ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

  • INFRASTRUCTURE (BUILT ENVIRONMENT) AND ITS EFFECTS ON PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

  • SALMON

  • NATIVE MISREPRESENTATION (i.e. MASCOTS, MEDIA, AND FASHION)

  • MORE... (feel free to ask, otherwise, I will recommend another speaker I think would be more knowledgable). 

HISTORY OF PRESENTATIONS & LECTURES:

Speech: Lewis & Clark College Deconstructing the Apocalypses: Holistic Approaches to Climate Futures, Panelist 

Lewis & Clark College Portland, OR, Wednesday, October 19th, 2022

Website: https://college.lclark.edu/programs/environmental_studies/symposium/25th-annual-symposium/

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Making Visible: Environmental Justice Series

Zoom, September

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World Food Forum Youth Action Track Focal Points Group

Zoom, Wednesday, September 28th, 2022

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Cal Poly Humboldt "Klamath Connection" Freshman Program, Keynote

Cal Poly Humboldt

 Arcata Theater Lounge, CA, Wednesday, August 17, 2022

A program that is a place-based approach is to familiarize incoming STEM students with the Klamath Basin: the people, the wildlife, the geography, the past and present issues, etc. 

29th Regular Session of the CEC Council and Meeting of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC).

JPAC Intergenerational Round Table, Living Under Crises: Sharing Knowledge to  Generate Opportunities for the Creation of  More Sustainable Communities”, Panelist

Mérida, Mexico, July 14, 2022

The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)

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"This round table aims to showcase North American experiences related to environmental, social, and economic crises, such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the growing impact of climate change. Crises are often major learning experiences for communities, and recovery can provide opportunities for moments of reflection regarding where we are, where we want to be, and how to get there.

Invited speakers and attendees will come together to discuss how they have been affected by recent challenges and emergencies and will also share insights on how they are turning this crisis into an opportunity to build more sustainable and resilient communities. The intergenerational dialogue will offer a two-way sharing of knowledge that honors diverse forms of cultural foundations from various perspectives and approaches."

California Salmon and Dams, Lecturer

Urban School of San Francisco (high school), May 16, 2022

Lecture for ESS 226: Wastelanding: Indigenous Environmental Justice in the Western US, Speaker

Stanford University 

Stanford University Farm, May 2, 2022

"This seminar introduces basic principles of Indigenous environmental justice (IEJ) and presents frameworks for analyzing and addressing inequalities in the distribution of environmental benefits among Indigenous communities. Through a series of invited speakers, we will explore IEJ as distinct from the broader environmental justice movement, with a particular focus on the western U.S. Students will learn about archetypal IEJ cases such as uranium mining on Navajo and Hopi lands and water rights in the Klamath River basin. We will then turn to the importance of self-determination and sovereignty in the IEJ movement, along with the failures of federal and state systems of law and governance. The series will conclude with discussions of how academic researchers can best engage with Native communities and apply Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) in academia."

Salmonid Restoration Federation, "Salmon Fishing, More than a Sport: How Salmon are Vital to Native American Culture, Health, and Prosperity", Keynote

 Santa Cruz , CA, Thursday, April 21, 2022

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"In 2022, Salmonid Restoration Federation produced the 39th Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference in Santa Cruz, California. The first two days of the conference included technical workshops and field tours. Thursday began with a half-day plenary session followed by 1.5 days of technical, biological, and policy-related concurrent sessions. This conference focused on a broad range of salmonid and watershed restoration topics of concern to restoration practitioners, watershed scientists, fisheries biologists, resource agency personnel, land-use planners, and landowners."

Environmental Justice and Indigenous Lands across Generations, Panelist 

UC Berekly 

Zoom, Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Staying Safe Online: Protecting yourself in the real world by having online awareness, Presentor 

AISES Region 2 Confernece

Cal Poly- Pomona, Saturday, April 17, 2022

"When vacationing do you make an Instagram post about how much fun you’re having? Have you ever received a networking message online saying they have mutual friends who told them about your work? Have you ever filled a change of address with USPS? Then this session is for you.
This presentation will go over how to stay safe with personal information and location that may be threatened by common mistakes. Most internet safety lessons are targeted at children and workplace phishing, but this is session will focus on adult life outside of work. According to the CSC 1 in 6 women will experience stalking in their lifetimes. Workshop and learn about precautions that can make it more difficult to be targeted. (Focus on woman & LGBT adults but open to everyone)"

TikTok Diagnosed me as Neurodivergent. What now? 

AISES Region 2 Confernece

Cal Poly- Pomona, Sunday, April 16, 2022
"Provide all necessary details for reviewers to evaluate your session including a general description, goals, learning objectives, outcomes, presentation methods, etc. Limit 500 Words.
What does it mean to be neurodivergent (ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, etc.)? How can I know for sure? What are the benefits and adversities of being neurodivergent? How does it affect higher education and work? How can I support my friends who are neurodivergent? What resources are there to help me?
After downloading TikTok at the start of the pandemic my For You Page (FYP) started coming up with tips and memes for people with autism and ADHD. I had a close friend of mine download TikTok and have the same thing happen. Often people of color and women are undiagnosed compared to their white counterparts. 
I was diagnosed with dyslexia in 3rd grade, and despite reading slower than 99% of the US population I took AP English classes in high school and have had multiple national magazine articles published. However, I also struggled on assignments to the point of tears, when writing and reading for the same assignment came naturally to other students. Learn from my 18 years of Neurodivergence in public education on how to find success while neurodivergent."

The Bright Award, Panelist

Stanford Law School, Thursday, April 14, 2022

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"The Bright Award was created by a gift from Raymond E. Bright, Jr., JD ’59 in 2007 on behalf of his late wife, Marcelle, and himself. Mr. Bright died in 2011. Under the terms of his gift, the Bright Award is given annually to an “individual who has made significant contributions in the environmental preservation and sustainability area” and is awarded to an individual from one of ten rotating regions. The regions the winners have been chosen from since the award’s inception are: South Asia, the Middle East; West Asia; Africa; Europe; South America; and North America."

Water Law Symposium Panel, "Indigenous Water Management", Panelist

UC Davis School of Law, Saturday, April 9, 2022

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"The California Water Law Symposium is a collaborative student-run event that consistently brings together leading minds in water law to discuss California’s critical water issues. Led this year by UC Davis School of Law, participant schools include USF School of Law; UC Hastings College of the Law; UC Berkeley School of Law; Golden Gate University School of Law; Stanford Law School, and University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law."


Healing Turtle Island: Indigenous Leadership Through the Climate Crisis, Resistance and Activism panel, Panelist

Harvard Kennedy School 
Zoom and the Democracy Lab at Harvard Kennedy School, Friday, April 1, 2022

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"Discussions of innovative approaches to the climate crisis held at Harvard Kennedy School rarely feature Indigenous approaches, and even fewer center Indigenous perspectives as the primary goal. 

To that end, the Native and Indigenous Caucus at Harvard Kennedy School, in partnership with the Belfer Center's Arctic Initiative, will hold a day-long hybrid convening to highlight Indigenous leadership in addressing the climate crisis. The event will bring together Indigenous leaders from across the globe to discuss the following:

1. How has the climate crisis uniquely affected Indigenous communities?
2. In what ways does an "Indigenous" approach to the climate crisis differ from non-Indigenous approaches? How does this differ across regions and communities?
3. What are examples of impactful activism by Indigenous writers, activists, government leaders, and youth? What can students and the broader HKS community learn from these examples?"

Green Focus Youth Program, Speaker

California Center for Civic Participation

Zoom, March 26, 2022

Local Native in Higher Education STEM, Speaker

The Arcata High School Native American Club

Zoom, February 10, 2022

Fireside Chat: Key Foreign Policy Topics on Climate Change, Speaker

WorldOregon 

Zoom, February 25, 2022

STEM Speaker Series, Speaker

Humbolt State Poly, INSPIRE (Indian Natural Resources Science & Engineering Program)

Zoom, February 09, 2022

"Discover Brook’s experience as a Native woman in STEM and how Indigenous values push to redefine water policy, infrastructure engineering, and leadership."

Working towards a Green Post Pandemic Recovery, Panelist 

IgniteDigital Conference

Zoom, November 28, 2021

"This session would aim to address questions such as what should a green recovery look like, what does climate justice mean, what are the barriers facing us – and how can we overcome them, what are the key actions for achieving a green recovery, how do we build sustainable infrastructure, and how can the green recovery be financed."

Climate Action Talks: PNW Environmental Justice, Speaker

Portland General Electric, American Lung Association 

Zoom, October 28, 2021

Harvesting Health: Native Youth Summit, Host

[Several Organizers: Save California Salmon, United Indian Health Services, Yurok Tribe, and More]

Keynote Speaker: Dallas Goldtooth

Zoom, October 23, 2021

Indigenous Perspectives on Water Infrastructure and Management, Speaker

California Environmental Water Network

October 26, 2021

Salmon, Social Justice & Dam Removal: Indigenous Water Governance and Self-Determination on the Klamath River, Co-Lecturer

Stanford Law School (Environmental Justice Workshop)

Stanford CA, September 30, 2021

Sheltering Inspiration, Speaker

Heyday and News from Native California 

Zoom, June 10, 2021

Indigenous Brilliance: Kinship & Culture in STEM, Panelist 

Portland State University, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

Zoom, May 26, 2021

California Salmon and Dams, Lecturer

Urban School of San Francisco

Zoom, May 27, 2021

Coalition Against Environmental Racism (CAER): Environmental Racism by Water Infrastructure, Speaker

The University of Oregon

Hopin, May 22, 2021

View Video Recording Here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1T7u2b_MlKUEeO6-cfOHu74jpbveLTEOb/view?usp=sharing

2021 Oregon MESA Future Innovators Celebration, Keynote & Panelist

Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA)

Online, May 20, 2021

Climate Woke! Earth Day Event: Undam the Klamath, Panelist

Cal Poly Pomona

Zoom, April 22, 2021

MMIWG Social Plunge, Keynote

The University of Dayton Ohio

Zoom, March 22, 2021

Silencing of Celilo Falls but Not the People, Speaker

Portland, OR, March 10, 2021

PSU Civil Engineering Capstone Alumni Panel, Panelist

Portland State University, Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science

Zoom, January 12, 2021

 

Climate Justice Teach-In, Speaker/ Panelist

Madison High School (Portland, OR)

Zoom, December 15, 2020

Indigenous Climate Leadership workshop, Speaker

PDX Youth Climate Summit

Zoom, December 12, 2020

Traditional knowledge in STEM fields, Assistant Host

United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY)

Zoom, October 27, 2020

Representing Indigeneity in Social Media, Panelist

The University of Dayton Ohio, Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium

Zoom, October 20, 2020

College Scholarship Application Workshop: Going to School Debt Free, Speaker

AISES Nationals: Session

Zoom, October 17, 2020

Combined Systems: The Effect of PV Panels on Eco Roof Soil Moisture Content, Speaker

AISES Nationals: Undergraduate Research

Zoom, October 16, 2020

Supporting Graduate Student Mental Health and Wellbeing, Panelist

Council of Graduate Schools

Zoom, October 15, 2020

Indigenous Peoples Day - Youth Activism: Monuments & Mascots, Panelist

Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian 

Zoom, October 12, 2020

Not Your Mascot: Understanding Modern Indigenous Realities, Speaker

NEXUS

Zoom, June 10, 2020

Indigenous Land & Water Protectors Webinar, Speaker

Zoom, May 28, 2020

Cheyenne River Reservation High School AISES Student Leader Night, Panelist

American Indian Science & Engineering Society

Zoom, May 14th, 2020

Class Panel on Civic Engagement, Collaboration, Consciousness of Self, Panelist

PSU Leadership Fellows within the Student Sustainability Center

Zoom, May 7, 2020

Chase Bank Takeover: No Jordan Cove, Speaker

350 PDX

Zoom, April 27, 2020

AISES 2020 National Conference Closing Ceremony, Student Speaker

American Indian Science & Engineering Society

Wisconsin Center, Milwaukee, WI, October 12, 2019

Jordan Cove LNG Conversation with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Speaker

Rouge River Climate

Oregon Capitol Building, Salem, OR, June 11, 2019

Teachers, Family, and Community Against Racism in Portland Public Schools, Speaker

Portland, OR, May 8, 2019

 

Models of Indigenous Self Determination, Panelist 

NEXUS USA Summit

March 8, 2019

Diversity Panel and Q&A Session, Panelist

Semester at Sea

December 9, 2018

No Jordan-Cove Liquified Natural Gas Pipeline Rally, Opening Speaker

Rouge River Climate

Medford, OR, August 16, 2018

Indigenous Movements and Activism Panel, Panelist

United States Agricultural Department (USDA) Hunger Fellows

Washington, DC, May 11, 2018

Water is Life Discussion on the Oregon LNG Pipeline, Panelist

The Climate Action Team, December 16, 2017

“Salmon and Social Justice on the Klamath,” Guest Lecturer

Salmon & Social Justice Senior Capstone

Portland State University, December 23, 2017

“Native American Misconceptions, Facts, and Water Rights,” Keynote Speaker

City of Portland, October 5, 2017

Women of Color Speak Out, Opening Speaker

The Climate Action Team

Portland State Univerity, December 16, 2017

Pacific North West Stands with Standing Rock, Speaker

Portland, OR, January 28, 2017

Indigenous Peoples Day: Standing with Standing Rock, Panelist

Portland State Native American Student Community Center

Portland, OR, October 10, 2016

 

“Salmon and Social Justice on the Klamath,” Guest Lecturer

Salmon & Social Justice Senior Capstone

Portland State University, December 2016

 

Portland State Environmental Club, Speaker

Portland State University, April 9, 2016

MLK Day Tribute, speaker

The Portland Public Schools Bill of Rights for Students of Color

Highland Center, Portland, January 18, 2016

College Success as a Person of Color & Franklin Alumni, Guest Speaker & Panelist

Franklin High School, Spring 2014, 2015, 2016

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