A Rich and Majestic Land

Sheila Watt-Cloutier Speaks on Climate Change and the Arctic

by Sophia Wasylinko | 02.07.22 | Events, News

VIU’s Engaged Citizens Speaker series returns on February 8, 2022, with an important human rights issue—climate change. Sheila Watt-Cloutier Siila’s presentation Re-imagining a New Way Forward with Intention examines climate change and meaningful action from an Inuit perspective, drawing upon her own activism and experiences. Born and raised traditionally in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (northern Quebec), Watt-Cloutier […]
Sheila Watt-Cloutier

VIU’s Engaged Citizens Speaker series returns on February 8, 2022, with an important human rights issue—climate change.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier Siila’s presentation Re-imagining a New Way Forward with Intention examines climate change and meaningful action from an Inuit perspective, drawing upon her own activism and experiences.

Born and raised traditionally in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (northern Quebec), Watt-Cloutier attended school in Nova Scotia and Manitoba. She served as the Canadian President of Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) from 1995-2002 and its International Chair from 2002-2006.

Watt-Cloutier has drawn attention to the effects of global climate change on the Inuit people. She was made an officer in the Order of Canada in 2006 and nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. Other awards include the Aboriginal Achievement Award, the UN Champion of the Earth Award, and the Right Livelihood Award.

In 2016, Watt-Cloutier gave a TEDx Talk on “Human Trauma and Climate Trauma as One.” Her memoir, The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet (2015), was shortlisted for Canada Reads 2017.

Of her work, she said: “I do nothing more than remind the world that the Arctic is not a barren land devoid of life, but a rich and majestic land that has supported our resilient culture for millennia.”

Re-imagining a New Way Forward with Intention will be held over Zoom on Tuesday, February 8, from 6:30 to 8 pm. A live Q&A session will follow the presentation. To register for this event, click here. This event is part of VIU’s Global Citizens Week.

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Sophia is in her third year at The Navigator and fifth (final!) year of the Creative Writing and Journalism program. Outside of The Nav, she volunteers as a Peer Helper and is doing another year of Portal Magazine. This summer, a solo trip to Japan ignited Sophia’s wanderlust. She hopes to return soon, next time with a stop in Korea.

""Re-imagining a New Way Forward with Intention" examines climate change and meaningful action from an Inuit perspective, drawing upon her own activism and experiences."
""[The] Arctic is not a barren land devoid of life, but a rich and majestic land that has supported our resilient culture for millennia.""

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