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Sun, Apr 28


O'Born Room, National Arts Centre

Indigenous Perspectives and a Rights-based Approach to Eliminating Plastic Pollution

Inuit Circumpolar Council - Canada

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Time & Location

Apr 28, 2024, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

O'Born Room, National Arts Centre, 1 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5W1, Canada

About The Event

The event will be a mixture of keynote presentations and a panel discussion which will explain how Indigenous Peoples are disproportionately affected by chemicals and plastics pollution, and will elaborate on the need for a fundamental shift to ensure the rights of Indigenous Peoples and human rights are addressed in global policy development. Addressing human rights, including the right to a clean environment including safe traditional foods, health and well-being, and protection of future generations, needs to be foundational in the treaty text to apply a proactive rather than a reactive process for dealing with pollution. During the event, we will discuss ideas on how a Rights-based approach can and should be addressed in a global treaty on plastic pollution.


  • Delbert Iyaanga Pungowiyi, Yupik Elder and Tribal Leader, Alaska Community Action on Toxics
  • Ana Paula Souza, Human Rights Officer, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Kate Gillis, Policy Advisor for International Relations, Métis National Council
  • Graeme Reed, Strategic Advisor, Assembly of First Nations
  • Lisa Qiluqqi Koperqualuk, Vice-Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Council
  • Vi Pangunnaaq Waghiyi, Environmental Health and Justice Program Director, Alaska Community Action on Toxics

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