Indigenous Climate Action, Canada’s only Indigenous-led climate justice organization has been conducting a research project over the past 2 years focused on Decolonizing Climate Policy in Canada. Through a first phase of critiquing top-down Federal climate policy to a second phase of developing Indigenous-led climate policy from the ground up, the project team has been disrupting the status quo of colonial climate policy and charting the path of much more just and effective climate policy. In this panel discussion, moderated by Concordia’s Dr. Jen Gobby, members of the research team and the project’s Advisory Panel will discuss the project, its processes and findings, and will open up discussion about the implications of this work.
About the Panelists
Sarah Hanson (Youth Research Intern):
Sarah is Anishinaabe from Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, currently living and working on the traditional lands of the Fort William First Nation, currently referred to as Thunder Bay. She holds a Biology degree from Queen’s University, using the knowledge gained to connect with other climate activists across the world while simultaneously providing an Indigenous perspective. For the past few years, Sarah has worked on creating spaces for Indigenous youth to connect and learn about climate change, sustainability, and reconciliation. When not working, Sarah loves to bead, sew, learn Anishinaabemowin, and re-explore her traditional lands along the north shore of Lake Superior.
Tiffany is a (non-status) Secwépemc farmer, land and seed steward, language learner, and food sovereignty advocate. Her passion for feeding people and firm belief in the right to healthy, culturally-appropriate foods for all, drives her work. She is passionate about the uncomfortable work in dismantling structural racism within institutions and conducting experimental plant breeding projects to adapt nutrient-dense cultivars to our changing climate as a guest in Treaty 8 Territory. Tiffany has served as a volunteer Advisory Council member with the Community Seed Network, and currently sits as a Member at Large on the Board of Directors for SeedChange, as well on the Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee for Farmers for Climate Solutions. Her hope is to continue being a ‘Weaver’, advocating to create better access to resources and increase our collective seed and food security and sovereignty.
Although this conference will be hosted online, most of the participants will be located in Tiohtià:ke (Montreal), on the unceded lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation, one of the founding nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. If you are not in Tiohtià:ke, you can find out whose land you are on here.