A conversation with 2021 Laureate Freda Huson
Freda Huson is a female chief (Dzeke ze’) from the Wet’suwet’en people in Canada. She has been a leading advocate for Indigenous communities reclaiming their heritage and reconnecting with their land.
The quest to reclaim and protect her culture and ancestral territory has led her to become a leader in the opposition against the construction of pipelines. Even in the face of overwhelming force by Canadian authorities, she remains on her ancestral land to protect it.
Huson has demonstrated that the Indigenous struggle for environmental protection and land rights revolves around a much more profound battle for culture and a way of life.
Find out more about Huson‘s life story in this interview with journalist Dara Lind, and learn how you can take action to support Indigenous communities!
Indigenous peoples in Canada have been subjected to horrendous violence and exploitation for centuries, including the kidnapping and forced assimilation of Indigenous children.
Canada’s abuse of Indigenous lands has also contributed to the intensifying climate crisis. Each year, Canada gives massive subsidies to the exploitation and transport of oil sands, oil and liquefied natural gas. This destroys the ancestral homelands of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
How can I support Indigenous peoples in my region?
What are the threats facing them?
Despite geographical and cultural differences, Indigenous communities around the world share common problems. Learn about the Right Livelihood Laureates who are confronting similar challenges like Huson, and share your reflection with @rightlivelihood on social media!
How can you support the Wetʼsuwetʼen People and other Indigenous communities?
Our friends at Unist’ot’en Camp, Survival and Tenure Facility share ways that you can get involved:
“This Award can help our work by educating many more people out there that this is for all not just for the Freda Husons and other Laureates but every human being has their part to stop climate change and make a better future for our children and grandchildren.” — Freda Huson
We support Huson and many more Laureates who are fighting for Indigenous rights. Be part of our efforts!