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

Decolonization and Reconciliation: Teachings and Music from the Land
August 22, 2020

This five day program that aims to move participants from an era of separateness (from nature and people) to a new paradigm of community, interconnectedness, and deep reverence for all life on Earth. We will examine the extractive, exploitative, and destructive language and practices of colonization on Turtle Island, still present today. By practicing reciprocal relationships with each other and the land, we begin a path of healing and genuine reconciliation between Indigenous peoples, settlers, and the Earth itself. Through the cultivation of deep listening, hearing teachings and songs about our sacred connection to the Earth, we will remember our place in the…