First Nations and the Environment

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 12:10:00 PM - Wednesday, November 1, 2017 2:00:00 PM
Rm. SS 1069, Sidney Smith Building, 100 St. George Street
Environment Seminar

KATHLEEN PADULO, Director of Environment, Chiefs of Ontario


BRIEF BIO: Kathleen Padulo is a member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames, and is from the wolf Clan. Kathleen has an honors degree in Indigenous Studies from Trent University and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University. A major part of her graduate research involved waste management in First Nation communities including visiting and interviewing community members with respect to past, current, and future waste management practices in some of Ontario’s remote First Nation communities. In the end, this work formed a Masters Thesis entitled Environmental Protection of a First Nation Community. Kathleen currently works at the Chiefs of Ontario where she has gained a wealth of experience in her role as the Environment Director. In this position, Kathleen is responsible in providing advice, guidance, and recommendations to the Political Confederacy, and the Chiefs in Ontario as they relate to factors such as water, natural resources, energy, species at risk, environmental assessments, climate change, and legislative policy and advocacy portfolios. Among her many accomplishments at the Chiefs of Ontario is the coordination of the First Nations in Ontario Environmental Assessment Toolkit and the Energy Toolkit. Her vocation with the Chiefs of Ontario has provided a unique opportunity, with exposure to work with 133 First Nation’s leadership travelling to communities across Ontario. More recently, Kathleen was the recipient of the 1st Joy O’Farrell Fellowship hosted by Human Rights Watch Women’s Rights Division in New York City December 2016. This two week Fellowship allowed Kathleen to develop her skills to undertake high level international advocacy to advance the human rights of women, with a particular focus on the rights of Indigenous women, human rights and climate change, and rights to water and sanitation.