Winona LaDuke media interview at PowerShift Canada 2012

by: Obert Madondo  | Published Nov 1, 2012

Winona LaDuke, a Harvard-educated economist and activist, speaks candidly about food, energy and Indigenous sovereignty during PowerShift 2012.

The youth-led Power Shift 2012 four-day conference took place in Ottawa and Gatineau last weekend. It brought together more than 1,000 youth from across Canada (a Google search of “Power Shift 2012” followed by the names of major Canadian newspapers turns up nothing). The conference featured lectures, workshops and activist training activities delivered by internationally acclaimed thinkers and activists, including Naomi Klein, the international bestselling author of The Shock Doctrine, and Winona LaDuke, a Harvard-educated American Indian economist, orator and activist.

PowerShift 2012 called on the Harper Government to act now to stop climate change, and social and racial injustice. It concluded with a massive rally in downtown Ottawa on Monday, which called for an immediate end to annual handouts of $1.4 billion in Canadian taxpayer money to fossil fuel corporations ravaging the environment.

Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based progressive blogger, and the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive. Follow him on

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based independent journalist and progressive political blogger. He's the publisher and editor of The Canadian Progressive.