Friday, May 28, 2021
Ethel Blondin-Andrew will discuss how clean water, good jobs, and active participation in diverse local economies through Indigenous-led conservation are pathways to healthy futures for land and for people.
About Ethel Blondin-Andrew
As a Dene child, Ethel fled Hall residential school to live in a “tent town.” Years later, she earned an education degree at the University of Alberta and taught in three NWT communities, eventually specializing in Indigenous language curriculum development in Yellowknife. Ethel marshaled her courage and continued on to become the first Indigenous woman elected to Parliament, serving for 17 years as a Member of Parliament, 13 of them in Cabinet. In 2019, Ms. Blondin-Andrew received the Maclean’s “Lifetime Achievement Award.”
Special thanks to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for sponsoring this Big Thinking session.
The Big Thinking series is sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Universities Canada, and the Canada Foundation for Innovation.
- Ethel Blondin-Andrew,