Ms. Watt-Cloutier was a political spokesperson for Inuit for over a decade. She has been awarded the inaugural Global Environment Award from the World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations, recipient of the 2004 Aboriginal Achievement Award for Environment, the 2005 United Nations Champion of the Earth Award, the Sophie prize in Norway and the inaugural Northern Medal by the outgoing Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson. In 2006, Global Green, USA, the American Branch of Mikhail Gorbachev’s Green Cross International, selected Sheila for its International Environmental Leadership Award, and in June she received both the Citation of Lifetime Achievement from the Canadian Environment Awards and the Earth Day Canada International Environment Award. Sheila was made an Officer in the Order of Canada in December 2006.
February 2007, she was publicly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by members of the Norwegian parliament, including the former Minister of the Environment. In June 2007, she received the Rachel Carson Prize and at the U.N. Human Development Awards in New York, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon presented Sheila with the Mahbub ul Haq Human Development Award. Most recently she was chosen as one of four ‘Canadians who made a difference’ by Canada Post and her life’s work will be memorialized in a Canadian Stamp in 2012 commemorating the Jubilee Year.
She is also writing a book to further share her message to the world: “The Right to be Cold”.
Please join us Thursday, March 21st for an evening with Sheila Watt-Cloutier.