Sheila Watt-Cloutier, an environmental and human rights advocate, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy work on climate change. From 1995 to 2002, she served as the Canadian president of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, and in 2002, she was elected international chair of the organization. Under her leadership, the council launched the world’s first international legal action on climate change with a petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Sheila has won the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the UN Champion of the Earth Award, and the prestigious Norwegian Sophie Prize, and she is an officer of the Order of Canada.
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