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Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Melina Laboucan-Massimo is Lubicon Cree from Northern Alberta. She has worked on social, environmental and climate justice issues for the past 15 years. Currently a Fellow at the David Suzuki Foundation, Melina's research is focused on Climate Change, Indigenous Knowledge and Renewable Energy. Melina holds a Masters degree in Indigenous Governance at the University of Victoria with a focus on Renewable Energy in First Nation communities. As a part of her Masters thesis Melina completed a 20.8 kW solar installation in her home community of Little Buffalo in the heart of the tar sands which powers the health centre.

Facing firsthand impacts of the Alberta tar sands in her traditional territory, Melina has been a vocal advocate for Indigenous rights and environmental justice. For over a decade, Melina worked as a Climate and Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace Canada and the Indigenous Environmental Network internationally. She has written for a variety of publications and produced short documentaries on the tar sands, climate change, water issues and Indigenous cultural revitalization. Melina has studied, campaigned and worked in Brazil, Australia, Mexico, Canada and across Europe focusing on resource extraction, climate change impacts, media literacy and Indigenous rights & responsibilities.

Melina also works on the issue of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women in Canada after the suspicious death of her sister Bella whose case still remains unsolved. Melina currently serves on the boards of Seeding Sovereignty and NDN as well as the executive steering committees of the Indigenous Clean Energy Network and Indigenous Climate Action. Melina is the host of a new TV series called Power to the People which documents renewable energy, food security and eco-housing in Indigenous communities across North America.


Melina in the World


10 Inspiring Women who are Saving the Environment

In April 2019, Chatelaine Magazine included Melina in its list of 10 women protecting the environment.

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Copy of 1st Indigenous Research Fellow at David Suzuki Foundation

Indigenous Research Fellow at the David Suzuki Foundation

In 2017, Melina was named the first Indigenous Research Fellow at the David Suzuki Foundation.

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Copy of 12 Female Activists You Didn’t Know Are Changing the World

12 Female Activists You Didn’t Know Are Changing the World

In 2016, Global Citizen listed Melina as one of 12 female activists changing the world.

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Fighting Climate Change with Jane Fonda

In 2015, Melina spoke to the Toronto Star about how a 3-million-litre oil spill in her community drove her to fight climate change and build clean energy.

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