Nobel Laureate-led delegation of women to visit Alberta oil sands and proposed Northern Gateway route

An all women’s delegation—led by American Nobel Peace laureate Jody Williams—will be visiting the oils sands of Alberta and along the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline route into British Columbia.

“Women around the world have been at the forefront of movements to reduce the impacts of climate change and build healthy, sustainable environments,” said Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate (1997). “We have been aware of the growing concerns of women living in oil sands communities and we are eager to see the realities for ourselves, first-hand.”

The group, which starts their eight-day tour of Alberta and British Columbia on October 9, will meet with women community and First Nation leaders, as well as women government and industry officials. Delegation members—which also include Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer, award-winning Kenyan environmentalist Ikal Angelei, corporate executive Chris Page and climate scientist Marianne Douglas from University of Alberta—will listen to how energy projects are changing the lives and livelihoods of women, children and communities in western Canada, and also the actions that women and communities opposing the energy projects are taking in response.

The trip will start in Fort McMurray, and will end in Vancouver. Jody Williams and other members of the delegation will hold a press conference on October 16th in Vancouver to discuss the findings of the delegation.

 

For more information:

Kimberley MacKenzie, Nobel Women’s Initiative

kmackenzie@nobelwomensinitiative.org

Mobile: +1-613-276-3178

 

Rachel Vincent, Nobel Women’s Initiative

rvincent@nobelwomensinitiative.org

Mobile: +1-613-276-9030

 

Press Conference:

October 16, 2012

Westin Bayshore Hotel, Stanley Park Ballroom

1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver

Contact: Madelaine Hatch, Boldt Communications

mhatch@granvillecommunications.com