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Indigenous Peoples, Climate Justice and Action Research in the Americas

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Hybrid event 
Thomson House 
McGill University 
3650 McTavish St. 
Montreal, QC 

Canada and the Americas are grappling with converging challenges: reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and the growing impacts of the climate emergency.  

Join us for a roundtable discussion on the effects of the climate crisis on Indigenous peoples in the Americas, and prospects for transformation. Speakers will discuss what climate justice means from the diverse perspectives of Indigenous peoples in the Americas, and how can it be achieved. Also on the agenda are political, legal and other strategies to pursue climate justice for all, the concept of “Territories of Life”, and incorporating Indigenous voices into decision-making and action research for Indigenous-driven transformation. 

The roundtable follows a four-day retreat of approximately 50 Indigenous, academic, non-governmental and government representatives at McGill University in Montreal, co-organized by the Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives (CICADA) and the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke, and supported by IDRC. 

The roundtable speakers will include: 

  • Francisco Cali Tzay, United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous peoples 

  • Indigenous representatives, who will showcase the key policy messages emerging from the retreat  

  • Adrian di Giovanni, team leader, Democratic and Inclusive Governance, IDRC 

  • Government of Canada representative 

The roundtable will be moderated by:  

  • Viviane Weitzner, adjunct professor, Department of Anthropology, McGill University and research fellow, CICADA 

  • Cody Diabo, elected council chief, Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke 

Discussion and questions from participants will be welcome.  

Please register to attend in person or online.  

Simultaneous interpretation to English, French and Spanish will be available at the venue and online. 

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