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Hope in Resistance

Stories of Climate Justice

“We can solve this. If we do, it will build a better world for everyone.”
— Naisha Khan

SFU Public Square and Vancity are proud to present Hope in Resistance, featuring Melina Laboucan-Massimo, co-founder of Indigenous Climate Action; Anjali Appadurai, climate justice lead at Sierra Club BC; and Naisha Khan, co-founder of Banking on a Better Future, in a conversation moderated by Nahlah Ayed (host of Ideas on CBC Radio One).

These climate justice advocates will analyze the plans and commitments that emerged from the COP26 climate summit and discuss the necessity of hope and joy in fighting the climate crisis. They will share stories of communities defending their land, water and climate within Canada and around the world. And they will leave us with tangible actions we can support to make a just transition to a more equitable and sustainable future for everyone.

This keynote event of Towards Equity will be livestreamed from The Cultch's Historic Theatre in East Vancouver with opening and closing words and songs from Shamantsut Amanda Nahanee (Squamish, Nisga’a).

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Thursday, November 25, 2021

7:00 p.m. (PT)

Online event

We’re using Vimeo to livestream this event due to its excellent audio and visual quality. It has the same chat functions and security features as other services you might be familiar with.

A link and password to access the livestream will be emailed to all registrants via Eventbrite shortly before the event.


The event will be recorded for possible broadcast on Ideas on CBC Radio One. A link to the video recording will also be emailed to all registrants after the event.


Closed captioning in English will be available at this event.

If you have any questions about accessibility, please contact


Melina Laboucan-Massimo

Founder of Sacred Earth Solar, co-founder of Indigenous Climate Action and host of Power to the People on APTN


Melina Laboucan-Massimo is Lubicon Cree from Northern Alberta. Melina is the founder of Sacred Earth Solar and the co-founder and healing justice director at Indigenous Climate Action. Melina is the inaugural fellow at the David Suzuki Foundation where her research focused on climate change, Indigenous knowledge and renewable energy. She is the host of a new TV series called Power to the People which profiles renewable energy in Indigenous communities across the country. Melina holds a master's degree in Indigenous governance at the University of Victoria with a focus on renewable energy. As a part of her master's thesis Melina implemented a 20.8 kW solar project in her home community of Little Buffalo which powers the health centre in the heart of the tar sands.

Naisha Khan

Climate and racial justice organizer


Naisha Khan is an 18-year-old second-generation Bangladeshi settler typically residing on unceded, occupied and traditional Kwantlen, Katzie and Semiahmoo territory attending UBC. She has been a climate and racial justice organizer for the past two years as a central organizer of Sustainabiliteens, co-founder of Banking on a Better Future, and organizer with Climate Strike Canada. Naisha continues to advocate for intersectional justice now at Climate Justice UBC and in her local city of Surrey and continues to work as a JEDI and partnerships lead at Banking on a Better Future.

Anjali Appadurai

Climate justice lead at Sierra Club BC, sectoral organizer with Climate Emergency Unit


Anjali Appadurai is a climate justice activist, communicator and organizer. She works to strengthen climate change messaging and discourse in Canada by centring the stories of those on the front lines of the climate crisis. She is the climate justice lead at Sierra Club BC and sectoral organizer with the newly formed Climate Emergency Unit, a project of the David Suzuki Foundation inspired by Seth Klein’s 2020 book A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency. Anjali ran for parliament in the 2021 federal election as the NDP candidate for Vancouver-Granville.


Nahlah Ayed

Host of Ideas on CBC Radio One


Nahlah Ayed is an award-winning veteran of foreign reporting: first, in the Middle East, where she spent nearly a decade covering the region’s many conflicts. And later, while based in London, she covered many of the major stories of our time: Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Europe’s refugee crisis, the Brexit vote and its fallout. A former parliamentary reporter for The Canadian Press, Nahlah is a graduate of Carleton University's master of journalism program. She also holds a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies (philosophy, English and science) and a bachelor of science in genetics from the University of Manitoba.


Shamantsut Amanda Nahanee


Amanda Nahanee (Squamish, Nisga'a) works as a history educator and engages in curriculum development, research, analysis and reporting. As a performing artist she is an actor, model, First Nations storyteller, First Nations singer, and dancer. She offers cultural advising including: facilitating Aboriginal engagement; corporate Aboriginal training for tourism, education, relationship building and cross-cultural relationships; and acting as a liaison for Aboriginal business. Her services include: major event planning, coordination, marketing and social media marketing, presentations workshop, and event facilitation.


Researching for Climate Justice
In May 2021, SFU Public Square and partners hosted a conversation to discuss the challenges and opportunities of taking equity-informed approaches to climate research, solutions and policy development. Watch the video or read the event summary or the final report to catch up on the conversation!

Centring Justice in the Climate Emergency with Anjali Appadurai — Below the Radar podcast (September 7, 2021)

Climate Justice and Inequality series — Below the Radar podcast
In addition to the above interview with Anjali Appadurai, this series from SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement featured interviews with climate justice advocates such as Khelsilem, Marc Lee, Eugene Kung and Grand Chief Stewart Phillip.

Melina Laboucan-Massimo: Catalyzing an Indigenous-led just energy transition — Mongabay (March 22, 2021)

"Get It Done": Urging Climate Justice, Youth Delegate Anjali Appadurai Mic-Checks UN Summit — Democracy Now! (December 9, 2011)
In 2011, Anjali Appadurai delivered a speech on behalf of the youth delegation conference in Durban to protest the failure of world leaders to agree to immediately agree to a deal of binding emissions cuts.

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Accessibility, technology and privacy


Closed captioning in English will be available at this event.

Online event

We’re using Vimeo to livestream this event due to its excellent audio and visual quality. It has the same chat functions and security features as other services you might be familiar with.

A link and password to access the livestream will be emailed to all registrants via Eventbrite shortly before the event.

Technology requirements

To engage in this online event, you will need a computer (laptop or desktop), tablet or smartphone, with speakers or headphones. A microphone and/or a webcam are recommended if you would like to fully participate in the interactive portions of this event.

We recommend that you use a computer for the best experience of this event. Some interactivity and accessibility features are not available when using a smartphone or tablet.

Protecting your privacy

This event will be recorded for possible broadcast on Ideas on CBC Radio One. The recording will also be shared with all registrants and published on SFU Public Square’s website, YouTube and social media channels. Only the speakers will be visible in the published video recording.

To ensure that we are using online event technology in a privacy-conscious way, we are following best practices for this online event series:

  • We will only circulate the event link to those who are registered for the event
  • We will password-protect the event
  • We will enable end-to-end encryption
  • We will not use attention tracking

To protect your own privacy:

  • We remind you that whatever you say during the event is public, so please do not share sensitive information about yourself or others, and do not say anything you do not wish to enter the public domain.

To protect the privacy of others:

  • Please do not record or photograph yourself, other participants, or the hosts during the event, unless permission is requested and given.

If you have any questions about this event’s accessibility, technology requirements or privacy, please connect with us at

Community guidelines

Our community guidelines are intended to ensure the safety of all guest speakers and event participants, and to foster honest, socially accountable dialogue at our events. Thank you for respecting these guidelines!

  • Above all, there will be zero tolerance for those who promote violence or discrimination against others on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, or disability. Anyone who incites harm towards other participants (whether through chat, video, audio or otherwise) will be removed at the discretion of our technical team and moderator.
  • Don’t assume pronouns/gender/knowledge based on someone’s name or appearance. Please refer to people using the usernames and/or pronouns they provide.
  • Take space, make space: share your perspective, and make space for other voices to be heard too. Recognize that we are all here to learn.
  • Practice self-care in whatever way you need to. If you need to get up or take a break, please do so.