This webinar that discusses the topic ‘Indigenous Rights and Climate Change’ will take place June 2nd from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m EDT
Melina Laboucan-Massimo is a member of the Lubicon Cree First Nation and a Climate and Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace Canada. Facing firsthand the impacts of the Alberta tar sands to her traditional territory, Laboucan-Massimo has been a vocal advocate for Indigenous rights for the past 10 years. She has written numerous articles on the tar sands and produced short documentaries on water issues and Indigenous cultural revitalization. Joining Greenpeace in 2009, she helped to raise the alarm bells on the tar sands, including a related incident with one of the largest oil spills in Alberta near her home community of Little Buffalo. She is featured in Greenpeace’s photo essay about the spill and its impact on local communities. She has also worked with numerous other organizations, including TakingITGlobal, Redwire Native Media Society, Indigenous Media Arts Society and the Indigenous Portal. Melina has also founded Lubicon Solar, one of the largest solar projects in Northern Alberta.
Clayton Thomas-Muller is a member of the Treaty 6 Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, also known as Pukatawagan, located in northern Manitoba. He is an organizer with 350.org and a founder and organizer with Defenders of the Land. Clayton is involved in many initiatives to support the building of an inclusive movement globally for energy and climate justice. He serves on the boards of the Global Justice Ecology Project and the Bioneers. He is also a steering committee member of the Tar Sands Solutions Network and development committee member of Idle No More.