** PowerShift: Young and Rising — Friday Keynote Event **
* Eriel Deranger, Indigenous Climate Action
Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is a Denesuline woman and mother of two. Deranger is the Executive Director and co-founder of Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) – an Indigenous-led climate justice organization. Prior to her work with ICA, Deranger worked with her First Nation to launch one of the largest intersectional keep in the ground campaigns – the international Indigenous Tar Sands campaign challenging Alberta’s Tar Sands. Deranger is recognized for her role in creating the UN Indigenous Youth Caucus; interventions at UN Climate Summits; lobbying government officials in Canada, the US, the UK and the EU; her role in creating the Tar Sands Healing Walk; spring boarding Internationally recognized Indigenous rights-based divest movements; and working to develop and lead mass mobilizations. Deranger’s work has resulted in her far reaching reputation for bridging the environmental and Indigenous rights movement together and building out an Indigenous rights based approach to challenging fossil fuel development.
** Harsha Walia, No One Is Illegal
Harsha Walia is a South Asian author and activist, currently residing in Vancouver, on unceded Coast Salish territories.
Harsha is a cofounder of the migrant justice group No One Is Illegal and the progressive South Asian network Radical Desis. Harsha attended law school at UBC and currently works at the Downtown Eastside Women's Centre.
She is also an organizer in the Annual Women’s Memorial March Committee, Defenders of the Land Network and sits on the boards of the South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy as well as Shit Harper Did.
She is an editorial collective member at The Feminist Wire. Harsha's writings have appeared in over fifty academic journals, anthologies, and magazines. She is the author of Undoing Border Imperialism, which is currently in its second print run.
*** Sean Devlin, is a comedian and filmmaker. He is the creative genius behind ShitHarperDid.com
and is part of the Yes Men. He's produced several films including one that will be screened at PowerShift: Young and Rising, 'When the Storm Fades', about the Pablos, a family who live in Tacloban, Leyte Island, the same island in the Philippines where Devlin’s mother grew up. In 2013, Devlin travelled to Leyte Island to make a short documentary after Typhoon Yolanda and encountered the Pablo family, who had lost everything. Devlin says “I met the family and fell in love with them, which made me want to get to know them better and find ways to share their story in a way that would benefit them tangibly.” He's using the film to raise awareness about climate destruction, the disproportionate impacts of climate events on women and children, and to support the Pablo family.
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