Participating Leaders

Jeannette Armstrong, Syilx

Jeannette Armstrong is a member of the Okanagan Nation of southern British Columbia and northern Washington east of the Cascades. Fortunate to have received a traditional upbringing, Armstrong works as an educator, artist, writer and public speaker to promote the understanding, value, and implementation of indigenous knowledge for addressing contemporary issues locally and internationally. Her efforts earned her recognition as the recipient of the 2003 Buffett Award for Indigenous Leadership. Armstrong received a BFA from the University of Victoria in 1978, and since an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from St. Thomas University, Fredericton and an Honorary Doctorate in Laws from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2006. Jeannette is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Greifswald in Environmetal Ethics and Indigenous Literatures. Jeannette Armstrong is the Executive Director of the En'owkin Centre, a cultural revitalization centre serving all the communities in the Okanagan. Among her extensive activism efforts, Armstrong has collaborated with organizations such as the Center for Ecoliteracy, Bioneers and Ecotrust, to advance a more holistic understanding of who we are as humans living on this planet.

Read the transcript of Jeannette Armstrong's interview on sustainability: Jeannette_Armstrong_interview.pdf