Community Invited to Attend Pine Tree Lecture by
Clayton Thomas-Muller at Trent University on January 7
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Indigenous Activist to Present “The Tar Sands: Canada’s Home to
Climate Outlaws and Fossil Fuel Gangsters?”
Monday, January 5, 2009, Peterborough
The Department of Indigenous Studies at Trent University
invites the community to attend a Pine Tree Lecture by Clayton
Thomas-Muller on Wednesday, January 7 from 5:00 p.m. to
7:00 p.m. in Nozhem, the First Peoples Performance Space at
Originally from the Mathais Colomb Cree Nation in northern
Manitoba, Mr. Thomas-Muller will present "The Tar Sands: Canada's Home to Climate
Outlaws and Fossil Fuel Gangsters?" He is a well known activist for Indigenous rights and
environmental justice and has worked across Canada and the United States with
grassroots Indigenous communities to defend their rights against unsustainable energy
development and trans-national energy corporations.
With his roots in the inner city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Mr. Thomas-Muller began his
activist career fighting against disparities in the Aboriginal community as a result of poverty
and Winnipeg's youth gang epidemic. He co-founded the youth organization known as
AYII (Aboriginal Youth with Initiative) and served as the organization’s executive director
for two years. The Manitoba Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards recognized Mr.
Thomas-Muller’s leadership skills and his devotion to community development in 1997,
when he was presented with the Senior Community/Volunteer Award. He also co-founded
the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs’ Youth Council and was the architect behind the National
Assembly of First Nations National Youth Advisory Council.
This event is open to all members of the community and refreshments will be served
following the talk.
For further information, please contact Barb Rivett, Department of Indigenous
Studies at (705) 748-1011, ext. 7466