Climate Change: Hope in Action through the Arts

World Social Forum

Friday, August 12, 2016, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Monument National, 1182 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal

We will present a variety of climate action stories as told through the lens of courage and hope using the arts of dance and storytelling. The event will include a short dance piece (15 minutes) on the topic of Climate Action, followed by a reflection and a Q&A with the Artistic Director, as well as a Storytelling Panel with stories of Hope in Action on the topic of Climate which will be followed by a shared discussion and Q&A with the Panelists.

The Arts can help us move forward and bring about more focused action through the introduction of a new, creative element in the climate action movement. Connecting with our creative capacity will bring new energy and purpose to this important ecological, economic and social justice work.

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Program Participants

Ballet Ouest de Montréal is a non-profit ballet company under the artistic direction of Claude Caron. Its repertoire is a diverse lineup of performances that will delight young and old audiences alike.

Alma Brooks is a Maliseet grandmother from the St. Mary’s First Nation in New Brunswick. She was an elected Band Councillor for one term and moved to focus on the Maliseet Grand Council and the Wabanaki Confederacy, both traditional forms of decision-making structures. Alma has developed and facilitated many programs for her community over the years, and was acting President for the New Brunswick Native Council for 18 years. She is currently teaching a two year University Course in the Maliseet Language. Presently, she is also working to raise funds for the Wabanaki Environmental Defense Fund. The Wabanaki Confederacy includes members of the Maliseet, Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot peoples in Atlantic Canada. Alma participated in the Honouring Indigenous women’s wisdom delegation to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in May 2014 and the KAIROS Gendered Impact: Indigenous women and resource extraction symposium and GEMM (Global Energy Minerals and Markets ) 2015 Dialogue in Vancouver in October 2015.

Stephanie Boyd is a Canadian film maker and journalist who has been living and working in Peru for over 15 years. Her films have been broadcast on Al Jazeera, the Sundance Channel, Telesur, Russia Today, Press TV and other networks. She has won several international awards. She directed a documentary (trailer: ) and published a book, ‘Karuara, People of the River’ about Kukama indigenous people from Peru’s Amazon who are using ancient myths and art to defend their sacred rivers from destruction.

Mamadou Goita is the Executive Director of the Institute for Research and the Promotion of Alternatives in Development (IRPAD/Afrique) in Bamako, Mali. Mamadou is a development socio-economist and a specialist in education and training systems. He was the executive Secretary of the West African Peasants and Farmers Networks (ROPPA) from 2011 to 2012. He is a member of the regional co-ordinating group of the “Coalition pour la Protection du Patrimoine Génétique Africain” and the “Coalition to Protect African Genetic Heritage” which operate in West Africa. He has worked with UNICEF in Mali, the United Nations Development Programme in Togo and Burkina Faso and several NGOs, including ACORD (Regional Director for West Africa and Africa Program Manager) and OXFAM -Belgium (Regional Co-ordinator for West Africa based in Burkina Faso).