Indigenous Climate Action

Today’s program provides the keynote address by Eriel Tchekwie Deranger of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, at the American Public Health Association 2017 annual meeting. Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is the executive director of Indigenous Climate Action and a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) of Northern Alberta, Canada. Starting with tar sands development opposition, she has become an international spokesperson for indigenous people opposing corporate pollution and demanding formal representation at climate talks. As of 2022, there is still no indigenous formal representation at the Conference of the Parties table (“the parties” refers to the 197 nations that agreed to a new environmental pact, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, at a meeting in 1992). In 2021 indigenous organizers from 150 countries managed to get indigenous rights mentioned inside the agreement, instead of just the preamble.

Credits: Recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus; Women’s International News Gathering Service (WINGS) series producer, Frieda Werden.

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