One Earth: People of Color Protecting Our Planet Workshop

You’re in luck if you missed this fabulous virtual workshop that builds on the book One Earth: People of Color Protecting Our Planet to celebrate Black, Indigenous and people of colour who are environmental defenders – because the recording is available on our website until the end of July 2021.

Grab a snack and sit down to share some time with One Earth author Anuradha Rao, and special guests for a conversation about the intersections between race, culture and environment, including systemic racism and white supremacy within the mainstream western environmental movement.

Access webinar!  This webinar is 1 hour + 45 minutes.


One Earth author Anuradha Rao

Anuradha Rao is a marine conservation biologist, writer and facilitator raised in the traditional territories of the Anishinabewaki, Attiwonderonk, Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and currently based in the traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.  She has worked on research, conservation, restoration, planning and stewardship projects with communities and organizations on the coasts of Canada and in 12 other countries. Her world view and approach to science are heavily influenced by teachings from her Indian culture and from Indigenous knowledge holders.

Carleen Thomas is a member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. Tsleil-Waututh means “People of the Inlet,” referring directly to the whole of Burrard Inlet. She is special projects manager for the nation’s treaty lands and resources department. She works on building relationships with communities and various government entities encompassed within the homelands and waters of the nation. Carleen earned her bachelor of education degree in 2003 and has worked as an education coordinator, teacher and manager of education. She also spent 16 years as an elected council member for her nation. Carleen’s key influences are her grandparents, Hereditary Chief John L. George and Lillian “Dolly” George and her maternal grandmother Caroline Thomas, née Joseph. Their teachings, unconditional love and, most of all, patience in guiding and preparing Carleen will last a lifetime.

Colin Samuels grew up on the farm where he has been developing Jambican Studio Gardens. Dedicated to sustaining the availability of fresh, healthy produce and practising proper land stewardship, he and his wife Kumiko Watanabe cultivate four acres of chemical-free gardens and maintain a 20-acre woodlot. Their goals are to bring people closer to wild in thought, word and deed, and to sustainable life activities that recognize and promote the interdependence of all elements within the environment. Blessed with land on which he can grow vegetables and flowers, commune with trees young and old, and observe and attract wildlife of all kinds, Colin can quiet the madness attacking his soul and embrace the peace of being closer to the wild. A poet and multi-instrumentalist, he has written and performed since the early 1990s, played as a dance accompanist and toured with Ottawa-based bands. His farm, vegetables, flowers, herbs, trees and studio provide sanctuary… a wild, peaceful place.

Janelle Lapointe is an Afro-Indigenous climate justice and Indigenous rights activist from Stellat’en First Nation. Janelle is currently the communications and engagement coordinator at the David Suzuki Foundation and a guest on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territory.

Willi Nolan-Campbell is an activist and ecopreneur, a mixed-blood descendant of Africans, Mi’kmaq First People and Anglo-Celtic settlers. Her life’s work is to prevent destruction of ecosystem and human health using citizen action and education as key tools. She has served many communities with dedication as a founder, board member, administrator and front line worker for various organizations. She is identified by the communities she serves as a grandmother and an elder. Her story is featured in One Earth. Willi shares her time between Sikinuiktuk (Kent County, New Brunswick) and Accompong Maroon Sovereign State (Jamaica).

The workshop was made possible by the David Suzuki Foundation and us –  Georgia Strait Alliance.