Winona LaDuke

On January 30, 2012, Winona LaDuke presented her talk "Environmental Justice from a Native Perspective" at the University of Alberta.

What responsibilities do we have to the land, the water, and to future generations? How are the environmental issues of our time connected to histories of injustice in Indigenous communities in North America? In recent years, LaDuke has helped move tribal communities in the United States towards wind and alternative energy systems, and influenced tribal and state governments to voluntarily meet the conditions of the Kyoto accord. How do we create an economy that is divorced from empire, that respects the environment, and that is based on local needs?

Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally-renowned author, orator and activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and the ways of life of Native communities. She is founder and Co-Director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group, where she works on issues of climate change, renewable energy, sustainable development, food systems and environmental justice.

LaDuke, named by Time magazine in 1994 as one of America’s fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age, is also the founder of the White Earth Land Recovery Project in her community in northern Minnesota. The Project is one of the largest reservation-based non-profit organizations in the United States, and a leader on the issues of culturally-based sustainable development strategies, renewable energy and food systems.

In addition to numerous articles, LaDuke is the author of a number of non-fiction titles including All Our Relations, The Winona LaDuke Reader, Recovering the Sacred: the Power of Naming and Claiming, Food is Medicine: Recovering Traditional Foods to Heal the People and her latest, The Militarization of Indian Country. She has also penned a work of fiction, Last Standing Woman, and a children's book, In the Sugarbush. LaDuke also served as Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections.


Winona LaDuke's visit was co-hosted by the Sustainability Speakers Series, the University of Alberta's Global Education Program, and AP!RG. The presentation was a keynote lecture for the University of Alberta's International Week 2012.

The Global Education Program inspires and cultivates students as the next generation of leaders to tackle critical issues facing the globe.

AP!RG is a student-run, student-funded, non-profit organization dedicated to research, education, advocacy, and action in the public interest.

Did You Know?

The Office of Sustainability has partnered with the Campus Food Bank to collect food and toiletry donations at the Sustainability Speaker Series.