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University of Victoria-led climate change organization name Inuit woman fellow

The Nobel Peace Prize nominee will focus on 'growing a new generation of climate-conscious leaders'
Nobel Peace Prize nominee Siila Watt-Cloutier was named as the inaugural Indigenous climate fellow at a UVic-led organization dedicated to amplifying climate change research.

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Siila Watt-Cloutier has been named the inaugural Indigenous climate fellow at the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, a University of Victoria (UVic)-led organization that aims to "amplify B.C. research and insights to answer complex climate change issues," according to their website.

Watt-Cloutier, the former international chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Council and an officer of the Order of Canada, was described by UVic as a lifelong advocate for the rights of Inuit people and a leading voice in climate action who has connected human rights and climate change in the public and political consciousness.

"We are living in an era of unprecedented and rapid climate change. As the Arctic sea ice and glaciers melt, the impacts are felt worldwide from floods, fires and droughts. It becomes clear that Indigenous wisdom is the medicine the world seeks in addressing sustainability issues," she said in a news release.

Her fellowship, which was funded by PICS and the Gordon Foundation, will focus on growing a new generation of climate-conscious leaders by spending time working with students, researching policy approaches to advance reconciliation while addressing climate change, and engaging in networks that foster Indigenous-led climate solutions.

"Siila is one of the world’s most prominent climate leaders. We are humbled and thankful she will be joining PICS and be contributing her wisdom and experience to our institute and collaborative network of researchers, students, communities and Nations across B.C.," said Ian Mauro, executive director of PICS.


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