Noble Peace Prize nominee, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, to speak at University PEI


June 6, 2016

Noble Peace Prize nominee, Sheila Watt-Cloutier, to speak at University PEI

Charlottetown, PE: The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) is hosting Sheila Watt-Cloutier, as keynote presenter at its annual symposium in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island Thursday, June 21st at 7pm. The keynote address, titled Everything is Connected: Environment, Economy, Foreign Policy, Sustainability, Human Rights and Leadership in the 21st Century, will be provided free to the public on National Aboriginal Day. Watt-Cloutier will sign books after the presentation in the RBC Concourse, School of Sustainable Design Engineering, 550 University Ave.

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier is in the business of transforming public opinion into public policy. Experienced in working with global decision makers for over a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for 21st century leadership. She speaks with passion and urgency on the issues of today—the environment, the economy, foreign policy, global health, and sustainability—not as separate concerns, but as a deeply interconnected whole. At a time when people are seeking solutions, direction, and a sense of hope, this global leader provides a big picture of where we are and where we are headed.

In 2007, Watt-Cloutier was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy work in showing the impact of global climate change on human rights—especially in the Arctic, where it is felt more immediately, and more dramatically, than anywhere else in the world. Watt-Cloutier an Officer of the Order of Canada; the recipient of the Aboriginal Achievement Award; the UN Champion of the Earth Award; the Norwegian Sophie Prize; and the Right Livelihood Award, which she won in November 2015 and is widely considered the "Nobel Alternative".

Watt-Cloutier is the author of the memoir, The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet, published in 2015. The book was nominated for the 2016 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. In 2017, the book was shortlisted for CBC Canada Reads, defended by Chantal Kreviazuk. Watt-Cloutier was also shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.

ACIC, an umbrella organization with more than 60 members across the Atlantic, is holding its annual Symposium this year in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The event titled Walking Together Towards a Sustainable Future, will take place Thursday, June 21 until Saturday, June 23, at University of Prince Edward island.
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 For more information about the symposium contact:
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Atlantic Council for International Cooperation
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