Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Chair, Inuit Circumpolar Conference


Sheila Watt-Cloutier is chair of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, the organization that internationally represents the interests of Inuit residents in northern Canada, Greenland, Alaska, and Chukotka.

She co-wrote, produced, and co-directed the acclaimed youth awareness video, ""Capturing Spirit: The Inuit Journey,"" which helped persuade governments to ban the generation and use of persistent organic pollutants that contaminate the Artic food web, In recognition of this work, she received the inaugural global environment award from the World Association of NGOs. In 2005 UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) named her one of seven ""Champions of the Earth.""

Featured Work

APR 22, 2004 Article

Human Rights Dialogue (1994–2005): Series 2 No. 11 (Spring 2004): Environmental Rights: SECTION 1 THE INSEPARABILITY OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND ENVIRONMENTALISM: Climate Change and Human Rights

For the Arctic's Inuit, climate change is having very real human rights effects. Sheila Watt-Cloutier describes their creative efforts to hold governments accountable.