Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Canada)
Sheila Watt-Cloutier, author of The Right to be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet is one of the most outstanding advocates for the economic, social and cultural rights of the Inuit of the Arctic. As an elected representative of her people, administrator and advocate, Watt-Cloutier significantly contributed to an overhaul of the education system in Nunavik in Northern Quebec to make it more effective in meeting the needs of Inuit communities. She was an influential force behind the adoption of the Stockholm Convention to ban persistent organic pollutants, which accumulate strongly in Arctic food chains. Through her advocacy, she has shifted the discourse around climate change by establishing how unchecked greenhouse gas emissions violate the collective human rights of the Inuit.
Sheila Watt-Cloutier appears in:
2050, Friday 26 August, 5.30pm
The Right to be Cold, Sunday 28 August, 9.30am