Sheila Watt-Cloutier - The Right to Be Cold: Human rights and our changing climate.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Climate change is transforming the Arctic and creating a massive challenge for meeting the United Nations' new Sustainable Development Goals. Those living in the Arctic face the most extreme consequences of globalization and of climate change. Though we often hear about melting ice and threatened wildlife, it is the human story that can truly galvanize the world to “action for people and planet.”

In this globe-spanning talk, Inuit advocate and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier helped Edmonton to understand the crucial connection between climate change and human rights. Going beyond the science and the politics, Sheila shared her firsthand experience living in the Arctic and leading change on the global stage. Drawing on her ancient culture and speaking from a position of strength, Sheila helped audiences find common ground with those most impacted by our changing climate.

The Right To Be Cold: Human Rights and our Changing Climate

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Feature Evening Presentation

7 to 9 p.m.

1-430 Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, University of Alberta

Lunchtime Presentation

Noon to 1 p.m.

Art Gallery of Alberta,
2 Churchill Square, Edmonton

Attendees donated to support the Campus Food Bank and Green Grants. Non-perishable food, toiletries and monetary donations accepted. One lucky donor won a $50 gift card to Carbon Environmental Boutique.

About Sheila Watt-Cloutier

In 2007, Sheila Watt-Cloutier was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy work in showing the impact of global climate change on human rights. Watt-Cloutier is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the recipient of the Aboriginal Achievement Award, the UN Champion of the Earth Award, and the Norwegian Sophie Prize. 

From 1995 to 2002, she was the elected Canadian President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC). In 2002 she began four years serving as the International Chair of the ICC, representing the 155,000 Inuit from Canada, Greenland, Alaska and Russia.

Watt-Cloutier's memoir, The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet, was published in 2015.

About the organizers

This is a keynote lecture for the University of Alberta’s International Week, Sustainability Speaker Series and the City of Edmonton’s The Way We Green Speaker Series and is co-presented by UAlberta North.

University of Alberta's International Week: The Global Education Program continues its 31 year quest for a better world—its quest to understand global issues that define our era and connect people who can and will make a positive difference. Check out dozens of International Week 2016 events from January 25 to 31, 2016. Events revolve around the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals to eliminate extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change by 2030.

University of Alberta's Sustainability Speaker Series: Founded in 2009, the Office of Sustainability informs and inspires students, staff and faculty to adopt sustainable practices. This series gives people the opportunity to be exposed to new ideas, promote understanding about the diversity of topics involved in sustainability and expand the dialogue on campus sustainability.

City of Edmonton's The Way We Green Speaker Series: The Way We Green is Edmonton's award-winning environmental strategic plan. Watch video recordings of inspiring speakers going back to 2010.

UAlberta North connects faculty, students, senior leadership, and provincial, national, and international partners – so the whole of our northern work is greater than the sum of its parts, and so northern voices and northern knowledge find points of entry to shape and challenge our thinking. Its reach is circumpolar, but also includes the provincial North. The office represents the University formally within various networks, from UArctic to the new Edmonton Northern Partnership.

City of Edmonton and University of Alberta (UAlberta North, Office of Sustainability, Global Education Program)

Photo Contest

What do you love doing in winter?

We asked you to show us what you love about our wonderfully cold winters. Dozens of people shared their photos on Instagram and Twitter. One lucky photographer won an autographed copy of Sheila Watt-Cloutier's The Right To Be Cold and a VIP dinner at the High Level Diner.

More information

Office of Sustainability