About the speakers

Maude Barlow

Maude Barlow is the Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. She serves on the executive of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature and is a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council.

Maude is the recipient of fourteen honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the 2005 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award, the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award, the 2009 Planet in Focus Eco Hero Award, and the 2011 EarthCare Award, the highest international honour of the Sierra Club (US).

In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. She is also the author of dozens of reports, as well as 18 books, including her latest, Blue Future: Protecting Water For People And The Planet Forever and Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis.

Lela Yeyatalunyuha

Lela Yeyatalunyuha George is from Oneida Nation of the Thames in Southwold, Ontario. She is mohawk wolf clan, and Ojibwe but she was raised on Oneida and Fort Erie, and currently resides in London, Ontario.
Lela enjoys devoting her time leading rallies and speaking about indigenous issues defending our inherent rights, raising awareness about stopping the framework and our fight for clean water.

Lela also has experience in the role of master of ceremonies.
She is the indigi-con character for association of allied Indians raising awareness with their comic book about addictions and public safety. Most recently Lela is the owner of a blog called http://www.unbiasedopinion.net where she enjoys writing about real-life issues and her passions and overcoming her personal obstacles. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, sewing and spending time with her child.

Claire McClinton

Claire McClinton, a Flint resident and retired autoworker, is available to speak about the Flint water crisis, the dismantling of democracy in Michigan and the fight for toxic-free and affordable water as a human right. “In Flint, people were poisoned with lead and other toxins in the water. This was the direct result of a dictatorial emergency manager switching the city’s water supply to the Flint River in 2014,” she explains.

In addition to speaking about the water crisis in Flint, and in America, Claire McClinton discusses how today’s new technology could make a new society possible – a world where life could be better for all. Claire McClinton is a current member of the Democracy Defense League Water Task Force in Flint. Her social activism has included advocacy for the homeless and for welfare rights. She is a retiree from General Motors and proudly served in various positions at the United Auto Workers Local 659. She was born and raised in Flint, and attended Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.

James Gordon’s Emergency Climate Musical

“Before the last federal election, songwriter/activist James Gordon barnstormed his way across the country with his hugely successful one-man show “Stephen Harper: The Musical”. It worked. You’re welcome. Now he’s back with his “Emergency Climate Musical”. (Got a crisis? A musical can solve it!)

It’s a ninety-minute theatrical investigation of what surely is The main issue facing us today. Filled with 20 compelling songs along with videos, images, stories, rants, laughter, tears, audience participation, and some concrete suggestions for facing this crisis, James promises to entertain, inform, and leave you with homework. Come along for the ride as he outlines his premise that we need a total political, societal, and economic reboot to face the incredible challenge ahead.

This time he’s got the cred for the job: he moonlights as a Guelph City Councillor, where he’s been a strong climate advocate, and he’s a member of the National Climate Leadership Caucus. Come and see the show. It’s an emergency!”

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