The 10th annual Ecopeace Sustainability Training and International Affiliations (ESTIA) conference, on the theme "Reclaiming the Water Commons: Water Ethics & Nature Rights in Maine," will be held Friday, October 25, at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center in Belfast. The all-day symposium will consider "the ethics of the water commons and nature rights" and address concerns of the Penobscot Nation.

The conference starts with an opening ceremony at 8:45 a.m. by Gkisedtanamoogk of the Wampanoag Nation. John Banks, director of the Department of Natural Resources at Penobscot Indian Nation, is the featured speaker for the morning session, and Gail Darrell, New England Community organizer for the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, will deliver the afternoon address.

After both lectures, there will be roundtable discussions. Jennifer Greene, executive director of the Water Research Institute, will moderate "The Intrinsic Nature of Water and a New Social Ethic for Water Resources." Sherri Mitchell, executive director of the Land Peace Foundation, will lead a session on "Indigenous Water Rights on a Global Scale." Masanobu Ikemiya, a pianist and monk for 10 years, will lead "Water and the Power of Music and Words to Heal."

Cost is $35 per person, $25 for students and seniors. Those attending may bring a meal or purchase lunch for $5. For more information, contact Hugh Curran,, or Emily Markides,, or go to To register or to request a disability accommodation, contact Diana McSorley at 338-8000.

Registration will also be open at the Hutchinson Center from 8 to 8:30 a.m. on the day of the conference.