Join students from around the world at the Hart House Global Commons for an interactive discussion about what Inuit leadership and culture can teach us about climate change.

If we continue to allow the Arctic to melt, we lose more than the planet that has nurtured us for all of human history. We lose the wisdom required for us to sustain it.

Sheila Watt-Cloutier


Sheila Watt-Cloutier, a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, will join us to discuss her political activism to stop climate change and how her identity as an Inuk woman has influenced this work. Participants will have the opportunity to unpack notions of spirituality and culture that are often ignored in relation to activism, environmentalism, and politics. Students will learn from a unique perspective as told by Sheila through the sharing of her lived experiences and connections to climate change advocacy and Inuit culture. Participants will also have the opportunity to reflect on and discuss their own experiences and learning in relation to climate change through small breakout discussions with students from all participating global locations.

Sheila will be joined by Dr. Alana Johns to explore what we can learn from the Arctic Spirit, and how the experiences, histories, and wisdom of Inuit traditions and culture can inform the healing and strengthening of our relationships with the environment, our communities, and ourselves.  

Don’t miss this essential opportunity for learning, conversation and connection.

Guest Speakers

About the Global Commons

The Hart House Global Commons is an international dialogue space that connects students participating from multiple global locations to engage in real-time conversations about issues that are pressing and pertinent to everyone, regardless of place. We hope you will join us for a unique opportunity to connect across contexts, exchange dialogue and perspectives, and learn from each other—all without leaving your living space!

Community Supporters

Michael R. De Angelis & Family Global Innovation Fund.


This event is presented in partnership with the University of Toronto Multi-Faith Centre, Indigenous U of T, Indigenous Initiatives at Victoria University, and Emmanuel College.

Student Life Multi-faith
Emmanuel College
Victoria University
Indigenous Initiatives

International Partners

Universidad de Ios Andes
Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies
Sciences Po
University of Cape Town
Global Citizenship Programme, University of Cape Town

U of T Partners

Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy
Student Life Centre for Community Partnerships
Centre for International Experience
UTM Centre for Student Engagement
International Student Centre
International Education Centre

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  • Date: Mon, Mar 8, 2021
  • Time & Duration: 10:00 am – 11:30 am (EST) (1h 30m)
  • Cost:
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  • Venue: Online
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