Profile of a courageous campaigner – meet Crystal Lameman

RAVEN is so proud to be working with Crystal – her fierce dedication and determination are inspiring!

Crystal Lameman is a 30 year old mother of two and she is from and resides on the Beaver Lake Cree Nation which is located 2.5 hours N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is a college and University graduate, holding a 2 year Social Work Diploma, a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, and a Bachelor of Elementary Education.

She has always taken an active role in participating in the dialogue on the Rights of Indigenous People. It is through her involvement at the grassroots level she has been given numerous opportunities to travel, i.e. London, Oxford, Birmingham England to deliver her message in relation to the Fuel Quality Directive and the Canadian tar sands importation into Europe, while there she was a keynote speaker at the People and Planets Shared Planet conference, and rallied for support around England in the campaign to stop the tar sands destruction. She is also an alumni member of the Front-Line Fellowship program through the Environmental Action Coalition in Washington DC where she travelled to receive a three day training initiative. She attended the United Nations Rio+20 Conference on Sustainability.

She was a keynote speaker at the PowerShift 2012 conference in Ottawa, and was a part of a She Speaks: Indigenous Women Speaking out Against the Tar Sands panel that had stops in Vancouver, BC and Toronto, Sarnia, and Brantford, Ont. She is actively involved in all that encompasses Indigenous rights and issues – socially, economically, and environmentally.

Crystal is currently doing contractual work with the Canadian Indigenous Tar Sands Campaign and Sierra Club Prairie Chapter as the Alberta Climate and Energy Campaigner. She actively speaks to media and plays host to the many people who travel to her community seeking information regarding the Beaver Lake Cree Nations court case against the Canadian Government and the over 17, 000 permits and leases granted to big oil without the Government following through with their duty to consult the Beaver Lake Cree. She proudly states that the entirety of her work is done at the grassroots level.

Posted by Susan Smitten Monday Jan 28, 2013 11:03
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