Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Melina Laboucan-Massimo is Lubicon Cree First Nation from Northern Alberta, Canada. She has worked on social, environmental and climate justice issues for the past 15 years. Currently a Fellow at the David Suzuki Foundation, Melina’s research is focused on Climate Change, Indigenous Knowledge and Renewable Energy. Melina holds a master’s degree in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria with a focus on Renewable Energy in First Nation communities.

Facing firsthand impacts of the Alberta tar sands in her traditional territory, Melina has been a vocal advocate for Indigenous rights. For over a decade, Melina worked as a Climate and Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace Canada and the Indigenous Environmental Network internationally.

She has written for a variety of publications and produced short documentaries on the tar sands, climate change, water issues and Indigenous cultural revitalization. Melina has studied, campaigned and worked in Brazil, Australia, Mexico, Canada and across Europe focusing on resource extraction, climate change impacts, media literacy and Indigenous rights & responsibilities.

Melina also works on the issue of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women in Canada after the suspicious death of her sister Bella whose case still remains unsolved. Melina currently serves on the boards of Seeding Sovereignty and NDN as well as the executive steering committees of the Indigenous Clean Energy Network and Indigenous Climate Action.

Events with Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Grief, Joy and the Way Forward: Life in a World on Fire
August 10 - 14, 2022

This was by far the best workshop that I have ever attended, or could even have imagined. – Priya Huffman, workshop leader, pscyho-therapist, potter and poet. Our world is teetering on a precipice and we are losing our balance. Every day we are met with new disasters, new disappointments, and warnings that the worst is yet to come. How do we find our way in this time of upheaval, where the old is dying, and the new is yet to take form? Eco-anxiety is now a recognized phenomenon across the globe. While grief, anxiety, anger and avoidance are all natural…