Climate Justice & Indigenous Allyship

by Faith & the Common Good: Greening Sacred Spaces

  • Saturday, 11 June 2016 from 10:00 AM to 3:39 PM (EDT)
  • Senate and Board Chambers Wilfrid Laurier University, 75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5

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Climate Justice & Indigenous Allyship

What Does It Mean? How Do We Get There?

Saturday June 11th 2016, 10:00am - 4:30pm
Senate and Board Chambers at Wilfrid Laurier University

Energy, environmental protection and Indigenous rights are inextricably linked. This forum offers support for faith communities to move toward allyship with Indigenous communities in the context of climate justice in Canada. Speakers will address the complexities of Canada’s climate future and our relationship with Indigenous people through a faith lens. Interactive panels will ensure that participants have an opportunity to engage with Indigenous teachings, ask questions, and join in conversations.

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**Shared transportation from Toronto, Hamilton and other locations is being arranged.  Please contact for further information**

Organized by Faith & the Common Good, Divest Waterloo, Sacred Water Circle, and the Green Awakening Network, with support from the Justice & Reconciliation Fund of the United Church of Canada


Featured Speakers:

Elder Myeengun Henry is an Aboriginal Traditional Counselor from Chippewa of the Thames First Nation near London Ontario. Myeengun teaches at McMaster University and Conestoga College.  He will discuss the importance of reclaiming and using traditional knowledge to address complex environmental challenges, and the importance of honouring treaties and of consultation with First Nations.

Sheri Longboat is a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River. She works with First Nations communities implementing GIS technology for community-based land and resource management.  It is her belief that solutions for current social-ecological challenges require multi-disciplinary approaches and collaboration among shared responsibilities.

Melissa Ireland was a driving force behind the creation of Laurier’s Indigenous Allyship An Overview – a toolkit for change. Serving with pride as the Aboriginal Student Support Coordinator for the Waterloo campus, Melissa has Anishinaabe (Ojibway) heritage from Curve Lake First Nation and is Marten Clan.

Byron Williston is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wilfrid Laurier University and a member of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change at University of Waterloo. His latest book is The Anthropocene Project: Virtue in the Age of Climate Change (2015). 

Lindsay Gray is an Aniishinaabe, Potawatomi, and Delaware from the Aamjiwnaang territory. A two-spirited land defender against Chemical Valley. Working grassroots with Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines..

John Dillon is Ecological Economy Coordinator at KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives and author of Indigenous Wisdom: Living in Harmony with Mother Earth

Mardi Tindal, former Moderator of the United Church of Canada, has collaborated with faith leaders throughout Canada and around the world, to encourage action on the moral challenges of climate change.

John Milloy is a former provincial cabinet minister and is Assistant Professor of Public Ethics, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary; Co-director, Centre for Public Ethics, Waterloo Lutheran Seminary;

Leah Gazan is a member of Wood Mountain Lakota Nation, located in Treaty 4 territory.  She is currently teaching in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg.  Leah has recently founded the #WeCare campaign, aimed at ensuring the end of violence against Indigenous women and girls.

Kelly Laurila is the drum keeper of Mino Ode Kwewak N'Gamowak (Good Hearted Women Singers) and song carrier of many Indigenous songs.  Dorinda Kruger Allen is a member of Mino Ode Kwewak N’Gamowak.  Mino Ode Kwewak N'Gamowak is a drum circle made up of Indigenous and non-Indigenous women who support each other and the community through the power of song.

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Senate and Board Chambers
Wilfrid Laurier University, 75 University Avenue West, Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5

11 June 2016
Saturday, 11 June 2016 10:00 AM (EDT)


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About This Charity

Faith & the Common Good is a national, interfaith network (charity registration # 82827 6121 RR0001) founded in 2000 on the belief that our diverse faith congregations and spiritual communities can be powerful role models for the common good. Our network is composed of people of faith, hope, and spirit who, despite our differences in theology, dress and culture, share a calling to protect our ecosystem and a passion for community service.