Inuit to launch human rights case against the Bush Administration (2003)

January 6, 2007

The Guardian, (2003/12/11) Global warming is killing us too, say Inuit. The Inuit people of Canada and Alaska are launching a human rights case against the Bush administration claiming they face extinction because of global warming. By repudiating the Kyoto protocol and refusing to cut US carbon dioxide emissions, (25% of the world’s total).

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6 Responses to “Inuit to launch human rights case against the Bush Administration (2003)”

  1. Johnny Appleseed Says:

    Sheila Watt-Cloutier’s contention that US greenhouse gass emissions are violating Inuit human rights is a bloody joke. Does Watt-Cloutier think India, China and Russia (just to name a few other global polluters) get their power from a monkey team running on treadmills? I guess her limited intellect leaves her vulnerable to the trend of America-bashing that’s all the rage these days, because surely the greenhouse gas spewing from her Inuit brothers’ and sisters’ diesel heated homes, diesel generated electricity to light those homes, gas burning snowmobiles and diesel/gas burning pickup trucks contribute nothing to overall global climate change… what a hypocrite.

  2. Hi Johnny Appleseed,

    It would be so easy if it was just about one person bashing another entire country and turning complex issues into black and white, one-dimensional thinking. I have never heard Sheila Watt-Cloutier claim that she was against the use of all non-renewable resources immediately nor that she is against all American people and policies on everything. It’s just not that simple. She has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year for her advocacy work which is collaborative and includes the organization Inuit Circumpolar Conference she directed. Her work on the right to be cold is not so easily dismissed as anti-American. Canadians are just not that different from Americans.

    I wonder if Johnny Appleseed himself could come back and see the hillsides he planted if he would speak out for farmers, and remote rural populations. He wouldn’t be pitting himself against all his countrymen for everything they ever did. But he might call for measures to prevent extreme unpredictable unprecedented changes in the climate so that his apple trees could grow and apple pie could be enjoyed by all.

    Thanks for reminding me of Sheila. She might not receive the Nobel Peace Prize for which she was nominated but it is amazing what someone with ‘limited intellect’ can do. Of course the 2500 scientists from 110 countries using ten years of accumulated data who contributed to the Paris document of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirm that the time is for solutions not for more debates on whether or not there is a problem. At this point it doesn’t matter who did it. What matters most is what will we do about it collectively. Where can the most effective changes take place? Who can cut back and how without causing more harm economically or socially?

    By the way some of the things I appreciate the most about the US is the way in which governance at the municipal and regional level works to protect local environments. It is truly impressive and often under reported. It is very similar to the way in which Inuit and First Nations communities work to protect their local environments.

    I also appreciate the level of free speech, access to information and even an ability to laugh at one’s foibles through shows like the Colbert Report or Jon Stewart. And I appreciate Digg because it gets two people from different ends of the same spectrum sharing some thoughts over a virtual coffee.

  3. Paige Walkus Says:

    Hello My name is Paige Walkus I am writing this to ask about the article that stated this(which I looked up on google search): CHRC<<Oceanflynn@digg
    1952. Contrary “to the perceptions of administrators at the time, one of the last residents of Takush, Robert Walkus, Sr., says the community was active and healthy before relocation(Port Hardy B.C). Well I am very curious about his because Robert was my great gran father he has now passed on, and I’de really like to read more of this because the reserve we are now in “Tsulquate” and the town we live in has really seperated our families with all of the alcoholism and addiction to drugs that has been introduced to us over the years has now grown on the children, youth and has had a very large impact on our elderly that have passed over the years due to being torn from there homeland. I am sure that the elders of our community would be very greatful to get a response as to what was said by my great gran father Robert Walkus Sr. who was a very wise man and a prayer warrior one of the few who has tried to change the future for our youth. I am only fifteen years old but I am very interested in what had gone on back then when our people were forced from our homeland. I honestly think that the youth and children would know more about our own culture,language, and alot of our elderly would still be alive today if we hadn’t been relocated.
    Thank you ever so much for listening and if you would please get back to me at or (250) 949-7992
    Paige Walkus

  4. Maureen Flynn-Burhoe Says:

    Dear Paige,

    I was deeply touched by your email and your love and admiration for your grandfather, Robert Walkus. I am an independent researcher who has been shaken by the heightened level of vulnerability of Canada’s First Nations and Inuit. My own project is simply to compile and share timelines on social issues that impact on the lives of First Nations and Inuit. I was not involved in any research on the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples but it is a rich resource for learning about the background of many issues such as those you mention.

    Your grandfather was cited in this 1994 article written by Franka von Specht entitled “A Gillnetter’s Journey on Land and Sea” in Awakwis 5/7 (July 1994), p. 3. He was also cited by Cliff Emery and Douglas Grainger in their report entitled “You Moved Us Here— A Narrative Account of the Amalgamation and Relocation of the Gwa’Sala and ‘Nakwaxda’xw Peoples” a research study prepared for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1994). Your grandfather wrote a letter to the Indian Agent in Chief G. Walkus, letter to Indian Agent, Alert Bay, 28 September 1952, which was quoted in Emery and Grainger’s report entitled “You Moved Us Here.”

    In spite of what has happened since, you can indeed by proud of your grandfather for his couragous work to fight injustice. I hope you will be able to find these articles. They should be available to you through

    My prayers are with you and your family.
    “Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants and all abide by His bidding!” (Compilations, Fire and Light, p. 16)

    The online source for information about your grandfather that I mentioned in my timeline is the Report of the 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples in this chapter:

  5. muriel campbell Says:

    Hi Maureen,
    I lost you – see me an update!

  6. Your post on global warming makes me think you might be interested in the post and comments on international governance (i.e., expanding the multi-level governance) regarding pollution limits. See:

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