Public Forum

Alberta's Changing Climate Public Discussion. October 12, 2016.

Alberta is undergoing a period of energy and economic transition prompted in part by responses to the impacts of climate change. Alberta’s fresh water resources and the hydrologic cycle are being significantly impacted and are likely to be impacted more dramatically in the near future. The evening’s speakers addressed the implications of these challenges as we navigate transition in Alberta.  The event was held on Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 at the University of Alberta which is located in Treaty Six territory. MLA Chris Nielsen from the Office of the Minister for the Environment and Parks, honoured us by opening the event. Go to the video link under media to access the video recording of the presentations. 


Connecting Our Waters. United Nations World Water Day. 

Water systems connect communities in multi-layered relationships. Connecting Our Waters considered those relationships from a range of perspectives - the impacts of climate change on Alberta's watersheds, transforming household and community water systems, reclamation of wetlands, and Indigenous communities rights to water. The City of Edmonton is located in Treaty Six territory. Grand Chief Alexis Chief Tony Alexis honored us by opening the event. Go to the video link under media to access the video recording of the presentation. 


After Paris: An Interdisciplinary Response to the UN Climate Convention. January 28, 2016.

This is a public panel event that was organised by the Petrocultures Group.  The presenters/panelists offered rich interdisciplinary perspectives in response to the recent UN convention on climate. To see the video, visit

The Presenters were: Dr. Imre Szeman, University of Alberta;  Dr. Gwendolyn Blue, University of Calgary; Dr. John Parkins, University of Alberta; Dr. Makere Stewart-Harawira, University of Alberta. 


The Glass Bead Game Podcast: The Meaning of Climate Change. A University of Sussex Project.

PART ONE: INDIGENOUS OIL (Featuring David Attenborough)

In the first episode of The Glass Bead Game presenter Will Hood explores the relationship between energy, ecology and economics, combining academic research with the anecdotal experience of indigenous groups on the front line of Canada’s environmental conflict. 

  • Chief Billy Joe Laboucan Massimo - Chief of the Lubicon Cree Band, Little Buffalo, Alberta, Canada
  • David Attenborough – Broadcaster
  • Ernie Gambler - Indigenous Musician from Calling Lake, Alberta, Canada
  • Isabel Altamirano-Jimenez - Indigenous Scholar at the University of Alberta, Canada
  • J.B. Williams, Tsawout First Nation - Flood Story Narration (with music from Elder May Sam)
  • Makere Stewart-Harawira - Indigenous Scholar (Maori) at the University of Alberta, Canada
  • Peter Newell - Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex

Presenter: Will Hood.  

Interview excerpts are available at


Slurry and Spills in the AthabascaDecember 2, 2013.

Organized in response to public and Aboriginal concerns regarding the Obed Coal Mine spill into the Athabasca River and well attended by wide range of media, the symposium provided a space for provided a space for exploring the impacts on land, the river, fish habitat, and possible mitigation measures and for Aboriginal leaders and Sherritt Mines to meet face to face in a public forum in which to air concerns and respond to questions raised by the public. Moderators, Dr. Makere Stewart-Harawira and Dr Greg Goss. The video is available at


Water Governance, Energy Development and Indigenous Rights, January 13-14, 2012.

A two-day public symposium held January 13, hosted by the Energy Development and the Prosperity and Wellbeing of Aboriginal Communities in Northern Alberta SSHRC- funded research project in collaboration with Treaty 8 Council of First Nations & the Keepers of the Athabasca NGO.  Moderated by Dr Makere Stewart-Harawira. The video is available at


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