The Right To Be Cold lectureAugust 20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mānoa Campus, East-West Center Research Program, Burns Hall, Room 4005
Former Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Conference
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:00 noon to 1:00pm
John A. Burns Hall, Room 4005/Schramm Room (4th floor)
Former Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC), Canadian human rights activist, Sheila Watt-Cloutier tackles the many issues indigenous peoples are facing today, including environmental pollution and sustainable development. Her efforts were recognized when she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Currently living in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Ms. Watt-Cloutier was born in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (northern Quebec) and was raised traditionally in her early years before attending school in southern Canada.
Ms. Watt-Cloutier has an academic background in counseling, education and human development. Her early experience as an Inuktitut interpreter for the Ungava Hospital in Nunavik led to a lifetime commitment to improving health conditions and education for indigenous communities. Her uniting efforts on the global scene were instrumental in the signing, ratification and enforcement of the Stockholm Convention in 2004, a global commitment to protect human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants. Ms. Watt-Cloutier is the recipient of many honors and awards including: the Inaugural Global Environment Award from the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations in recognition for her work on persistent organic pollutants; the Aboriginal Achievement Award for the Environment; the United Nations Champion of the Earth Award and the Sophie Prize in Norway. She has been awarded numerous honorary degrees and recently, she was awarded the inaugural Northern Medal by the Governor General of Canada and the International Environmental Leadership Award by Global Green, USA. She is an officer of the Order of Canada.
Special Guest Lecture co-sponsored by East-West Center and William S. Richardson School of Law.
East-West Center Research Program, Mānoa Campus
Laura Moriyama, (808) 944-7439, Laura,Moriyama@EastWestCenter.org