Author and climate change advocate Sheila Watt-Cloutier to receive honorary LLD

Posted: 06/15/2017

Sheila Watt-CloutierThe Law Society of Upper Canada will confer the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa upon Sheila Watt-Cloutier at the 2:30 p.m. Call to the Bar Ceremony in Toronto on June 26, 2017.

Born in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, in Northern Québec, Sheila Watt-Cloutier has spent most of her life as an Environmental, Cultural and Human Rights Advocate. She has been a transformative force advancing human rights in the struggle to secure global health and justice and the cultural survival of the Inuit and Arctic Indigenous peoples, who are most vulnerable to the to the impacts of climate change.

From 1995 to 2002, she was elected the Canadian President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC). In 2002, she became the International Chair of the ICC, representing the 155,000 Inuit from Canada, Greenland, Alaska, and Russia. She held this post until 2006.

An Officer of the Order of Canada, she is the recipient of numerous international honours and awards for her leadership and advocacy.

In 2007, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy showing the cumulative devastating effects that global climate change has had on the culture, the economy, the environment, and the people of the Arctic.

Her memoir, “The Right to be Cold” is a compelling statement to the world that the failure to reduce emissions constitutes a grave injustice violating human rights and is a failure to this earth and humankind.

Each year, the Law Society recognizes outstanding achievement by distinguished members of the profession and the public by awarding Doctor of Laws degrees, honoris causa (LLD) at the Call to the Bar ceremonies in Ottawa, Toronto and London.