Melina Laboucan Massimo, Lubicon Cree, Greenpeace

, 20/01/15

Melina Laboucan-Massimo is from Northern Alberta and a member of the Lubicon Cree First Nation. She has worked as an advocate for Indigenous rights for the past 12 years. She has studied and worked in Brasil, Mexico, Australia and Canada focusing on Indigenous rights and culture, resource extraction, and ICTs. She has produced short documentaries, researched, and worked on topics ranging from the tar sands, inherent treaty rights, water issues to cultural appropriation with various organizations like the Indigenous Media Arts Group and Redwire Media Society. For the past 8 years Melina has worked against unabated tar sands extraction and expansion as a Climate & Energy campaigner with the Indigenous Environmental Network and Greenpeace in Alberta. Melina has also been active on the issue of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and how violence against Mother Earth and Indigenous Women are inextricably linked following the suspicious death of her sister. Melina is currently finishing her Masters degree in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria with a focus on Renewable Energy in First Nation communities.