Human Trauma/Climate Trauma: The Importance of Inuit Traditional Knowledge and Advocacy on Climate Action

Join us for an online talk with Siila Watt-Cloutier on May 23, 2024

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Jun 20, 2024
May 18, 2024

Join us for an inspiring online talk with Sheila Watt-Cloutier about Inuit traditional knowledge and advocacy on climate action organized by SeeChange in cooperation with Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research and the Centre for Indigenous Knowlege and Languages (CIKL) at York University.

Siila Watt-Cloutier is an Inuk advocate, an Officer of the Order of Canada and Nobel Peace Prize nominee. Born in Kuujjuaq, Québec, she had a traditional Inuit upbringing until age 10, traveling only by dogteam. Siila was later sent away to school, including three years in a residential school in Churchill, Manitoba.

Her national bestseller The Right to Be Cold, One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet passionately argues that climate change is a human rights issue and one to which we all are inextricably linked.

Her 2016 TEDxYYC talk was themed ‘Human Trauma and Climate Trauma As One’. Siila has been a political representative for Inuit at the regional, national, and international levels as International Chair for the Inuit Circumpolar Council (formerly the Inuit Circumpolar Conference) from 2002-2006. Siila is a treasured advocate who has received numerous national and international awards and honours for her lifelong work to protect the Inuit of the Arctic and defend environmental, cultural and human rights, acutely threatened by climate change.

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