In the fall of 2006, the Oak Institute welcomed Joan Omaming Carling of the Cordillera People’s Alliance.

Ms. Carling has been an activist and grassroots organizer in the Cordillera region of the Philippines for twenty years and is one of the foremost activists working on indigenous peoples rights and campaigning against dam and mining projects that are destructive to their communities.

Ms. Carling arrived in Maine in mid-August and was in residence during the fall semester. While at Colby, she taught one course that covered the human rights of the Filipino indigneous peoples in comparative perspective, examining communities’ struggles confronting environmental damage from large scale mining and dam operations. She returned to her work in the Philippines in mid-December.

In May 2014, the Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indígenas (International Indigenous Women’s Forum) awarded Joan its annual Leadership Award. She was also recently featured in this article in Cultural Survivor magazine.