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The future of Indigenous-led conservation: Ethel Blondin-Andrew in conversation with Linda Solomon Wood
Dene trailblazer Ethel Blondin-Andrew knows the importance of building Indigenous power: "It's a matter of life or death. It's a matter of being able to keep your voice."

On Thursday Jan. 21, join Conversations host Linda Solomon Wood for a special event with Ms. Blondin-Andrew, as they delve into her formidable life and career as the first Indigenous woman elected to the House of Commons and serve in federal cabinet. They will talk about the leadership of Indigenous Nations in conserving lands across the country. The way Indigenous stewardship is creating jobs, strengthening food security and inspiring youth. And the role of Indigenous-led conservation in meeting Canada’s climate and biodiversity commitments.

“The growing Indigenous conservation movement offers Canada a powerful opportunity to keep our promises to the country and the world.” 

All this and more, in the first live event of our 2021 season. Presented by the Canadian Centre for Journalism, sponsored by Canada's National Observer.

Jan 21, 2021 04:00 PM in Vancouver

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Ethel Blondin-Andrew
Senior Leader @Indigenous Leadership Initiative
The Honourable Ethel Blondin-Andrew is a Shútao’tine (Mountain Dene) from Tulit’a, Northwest Territories (NWT). She is a senior leader and much valued colleague to the Indigenous Leadership Initiative. Early in her formidable career, Ms. Blondin-Andrew taught in three NWT communities, in Tuktoyaktuk, Deline, and Fort Providence, eventually specializing in Indigenous language curriculum development in Yellowknife. In 1988, Ms. Blondin-Andrew was the first Indigenous woman elected to Parliament, serving for 17 years as an MP, 13 of them in cabinet. The first Indigenous woman to be a member of the Privy Council and Cabinet, she served as Secretary of State, Training and Youth from 1993-1997, as Secretary of State, Children and Youth from 1997-2003, and as Minister of State, Northern Development from 2003-2004. Notably, she gave her first House of Commons speech in the Dene language and supplied her own interpreter.
Linda Solomon Wood
CEO @Canada's National Observer
Linda Solomon Wood is an innovator, entrepreneur, and award-winning journalist. As CEO of Observer Media Group and founder and editor-in-chief of the National Observer, she works to strengthen and support public service journalism that investigates corruption, celebrates innovation, and illuminates and helps to make sense of the complex political and social challenges people face today. She previously founded Vancouver Observer and has led both publications to win Canada's top awards for public service, investigative journalism and excellence in reporting. She started her career as an investigative reporter at The Tennessean in Nashville, where she won the United Press International awards for Best Public Service Reporting and Best Investigative Reporting. She later freelanced for publications including The Los Angeles Times, Orion, and the International Herald.