Date and Time

 Monday, May 29, 2023, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM


Seeds of the future: Climate justice, racial justice, and Indigenous resurgence

Speaker name
Alanis Obomsawin, Keynote speaker
Eve Tuck, moderator
Susan Blight, moderator

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, but it cannot be separated from issues of racial justice and Indigenous futures. In this Big Thinking lecture, discover the importance of Indigenous relationships with the land through the lens of Alanis Obomsawin, renowned Abenaki filmmaker, singer, artist and activist. Throughout her career, Obomsawin has amplified the voices of Indigenous peoples from across Canada who face the generational effects of colonization, displacement, and assimilation, but who continue to fight to assert their rights, cultures, histories, and knowledges. In many of Obomsawin’s films, such as Incident at Restigouche, Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, and The People of the Kattawapiskak River, art and activism overlap to document stories of resilience, hope, and the urgent need to do what is right. Join Alanis Obomsawin in a discussion on what might be possible when we reckon with and re-imagine climate mitigation strategies through the lens of racial justice and Indigenous resurgence. This event will take place in English, with Simultaneous Interpretation in French, Closed Captioning, and ASL services available.