Indigenous Climate Justice and Action – Speakers’ Series

This series seeks to launch an ongoing discussion at John Abbott around climate injustice. Focusing on Indigenous climate action and pursuits of justice leads us to re-imagine how we conceive of, envision, and tackle the climate crisis. This will allow us a new perspective in line with the wisdom and insights of Indigenous world views developed through relations with the land of Turtle Island since time immemorial.


Leanne Betasamosake Simpson – Short History of the Blockade

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 5:30-6:45pm.

In A Short History of the Blockade, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson uses Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg stories, storytelling aesthetics, and practices to explore the generative nature of Indigenous blockades through our relative, the beaver—or in Nishnaabemowin, Amik.

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This series was produced by Nunavik Sivunitsavut, John Abbott College’s Indigenous Student Resource Centre, and Indigenous Studies Certificate (in collaboration with JAC’s Environmental Studies Certificate and Imagine Change) and with financial support from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council,  College and Community Social Innovation Fund (grant number CCSIF 970-2017-1002).



Sheila Watt Cloutier — Re-Imagining a New Way

Wed, Feb 3, 2021 5:30 p.m.

We are excited and honoured to host the distinguished Inuk climate and human rights advocate and author, Sheila Watt-Cloutier. Her book The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet, draws on her own story to model climate action and the protection of the Inuit way of lifeShe has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and has received the UN Champion of the Earth Award, the Sophie Prize, the Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue, the Right Livelihood Award, and has been granted the Order of Canada. She is a mother, a grandmother, and a voice for change that we must all take to heart.


Marlene Hale — 2021 and the Wet’suwet’en Nation is still going strong

Wed, Feb 24, 2021 5:30 p.m.

Marlene Hale, whose childhood nickname in Wet’suwet’en, the northern Athabaskan language of her people, is Maluh, was born in Smithers, British Columbia. Maluh learned to cook at a young age, and this pursuit took her to culinary school, to the workforce, and to both Hungary and England as well. Besides catering elegant events, with nutritious and sustainable traditional foods, she teaches cooking classes and gives back to the Native community by speaking to First Nation organizations on subjects such as childhood obesity, and diabetes, conditions directly affected by diet, as well as on Wet’suwet’en land protection. Throughout Covid-19, she has hosted an ongoing weekly webinar series with activists from around the world in giving voice to their struggles and towards a better world.

To view the recording of Marlene Hale’s live event, please click here.


Iako’tsi:rareh Amanda Lickers. — If It’s About the Land, It’s About Us: Our Lands, Our Bodies

Wed, Mar 17, 2021 5:30 p.m.

Iako’tsi:rareh Amanda Lickers (she/they) Six Nations Seneca is an emerging artist (@skrimpskrap) and contributor to the Land, Body, Defense Environmental Violence Tool Kit released by Native Youth Sexual Health Network in partnership with Women’s Earth Alliance. They are a public educator and facilitator building capacity alongside many campaigns for land back over the last decade. In her experiences enduring, witnessing and naming land trauma, Iako’tsi:rareh’s work is shaped by her understandings of Terra Nullius as rape culture. Iako’tsi:rareh is a consultant for the Intercollegiate Decolonizing Network and they support the bi-annual vigil for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans & 2 Spirit relatives through the Centre for Gender Advocacy, Concordia University.

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