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Seattle, Washington 98195-3770

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Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Danz Endowment

  • Former Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Conference

March 11, 2014   |   6:30 p.m.
Kane Hall, Room 130

You do not need to be an alum of the University of Washington to attend or register.
Powered in partnership with the UW Alumni Association

The Right to be Cold

The talk contributes beyond the science and politics and conveys the interconnectedness of all things with a holistic understanding of the significance of the Arctic's environment and Inuit culture. We often only hear about the melting ice and challenged wildlife, whereas Sheila's talk tells the potent human story about communities and their journey through rapid social and environmental change towards long term sustainability.

About Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Former Chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC), Canadian Inuit human rights activist, Sheila Watt-Cloutier tackles the many issues indigenous peoples are facing today, including environmental pollution and sustainable development. Her efforts were recognized when she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Currently living in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Ms. Watt-Cloutier was born in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik (northern Quebec), and was raised traditionally in her early years before attending school in southern Canada and in Churchill, Manitoba.

Ms. Watt-Cloutier has an academic background in counseling, education, and human development. Her early experience as an Inuktitut interpreter for the Ungava Hospital in Nunavik led to a lifetime commitment to improving health conditions and education for indigenous communities. Her untiring efforts on the global scene were instrumental in the signing, ratification, and enforcement of the Stockholm Convention in 2004, a global commitment to protect human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants. Ms. Watt-Cloutier is the recipient of many honors and awards including:  the inaugural Global Environment Award from the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations in recognition for her work on this subject; the Aboriginal Achievement Award for Environment; the United Nations Champion of the Earth Award, and the Sophie Prize in Norway. More recently, she was awarded the inaugural Northern Medal by the Governor General of Canada and the International Environmental Leadership Award by Global Green USA. She is an officer of the Order of Canada.

Sponsoring Departments:

  • UW Graduate School
  • UW Alumni Association
  • College of the Environment, Quaternary Research Center
  • Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies - Canadian Studies Center