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Hannah Martin (’15) joined a group of climate leaders from across the Atlantic region at Thinkers Lodge in Pugwash, Nova Scotia for a three-day retreat of “brave and deep discussions about climate change.” Hannah and Paulina Meader, both Mi’kmaq women, led a red oak tree planting ceremony, which included a smudge and water offering ceremonies.

Alice Gauntley (’12) spent five days learning about Indigenous health in one of Canada’s first land-based learning courses. Alice reflects on her experience by saying, “I feel like it’s my responsibility to learn about Indigenous health as a non-Indigenous person entering health care…I’m also grateful to participate in these ceremonies. I don’t consider myself a spiritual person but I think it’s valuable for me to get out of my comfort zone.”

Annamaria Enenajor (’02) speaks with Breakfast Television about how pardons for cannabis will work. In this interview she recognizes the positive steps that the government has taken while reiterating her call for clear pardons.

Leora Morris (’02) will direct David Harrower’s Knives in Hens and the Coal Mine Theatre in Toronto from September 22nd to October 13th. The play “is a brutal fable of awakening consciousness and is set in a timeless community. It deals with a relationship triangle in a rural setting and a woman’s internal quest to find out what she wants from life.”

Kai Cheng Thom (’09) reflects on her work to “create for a more compassionate world.” She speaks about how “people who have lived through intense struggle have the curse of trauma but the gift of resilience” and how folks who are living difficult stories are the best people to be trying to save the world right now, because it has ended for us before.”

Patrick Nadeau (’00) calls for stronger intergovernmental relations in the wake of four significant fish kills in the Ottawa River. The organization that he leads, the Ottawa Riverkeepers, are calling for a watershed council “ so that authorities develop channels of communication and develop relationships, so that, in the middle of a crisis like this, information can be shared.” Later, he speaks about the opportunity to collaborate with those responsible for fish deaths to avoid incidents like this in the future.

Matto Mildenberger (’03) speaks about why some people do not believe in climate change and makes the case for universal acceptance and moving towards meaningful collaboration. He says, “It’s an issue that cuts across political and ideological divisions as it should. It’s something that’s going to harm everyone equally.”

Sebastian Muermann (’13) is bringing his interest “in international affairs, research into public policy, and working in communities of practice at the local level” to the inaugural cohort of the Max Bell School of Public Policy in the fall of 2019.