Climate Justice, Gender Equality, & Indigenous Rights Talk at Harvard


On March 29, 2016, Melina Laboucan-Massimo will talk on “Climate Justice, Gender Equality, and Indigenous Rights” at Harvard Law School.

The event begins at 12:00 pm and concludes at 1:00 pm, taking place at WCC 2019 Milstein West A (Harvard Law School).

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.

In this featured video, Laboucan-Massimo discusses the impacts of the Tar Sands project on her family and her traditional territories. She shares about the significance of the land for her and the roots of her strength and knowledge. Laboucan-Massimo points out that the Tar Sands is a critical issue not only for the Lubicon Cree but, for everyone; and that because of this, taking action should include alliance building.

Laboucan-Massimo has supported “Revolution,” which “is a feature documentary about opening your eyes, changing the world and fighting for something. A true life adventure following director Rob Stewart in the follow up to his smash hit Sharkwater, Revolution is an epic adventure into the evolution of life on earth and the revolution to save us.”

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