Describing himself as a father, birdwatcher, and cycle commuter, Randolph Haluza-Delay spent 15 years as a wilderness guide. As a sociology professor at The King’s University in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) for the past twelve years, he has published over 40 academic journal articles and book chapters, and occasional items for magazines and newspapers. This includes two co-edited books: Speaking for Ourselves: Environmental Justice in Canada (The University of British Columbia Press, 2009), and the recently released How the World’s Religions are Responding to Climate Change: Social Science Investigations (Routledge, 2014). His PhD is in Education from the University of Western Ontario. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Master’s in Recreation. As a social scientist, his research focuses on social movements, religion and the environment, environmental education, and the cultural politics of sustainability. As a citizen, he is active in peace and anti-racism initiatives, and interfaith dialogue.
A member of Millbrook First Nation in Truro, Catherine Martin is an independent film producer, director, writer, facilitator, communications consultant, community activist, teacher, drummer, and the first female Mi’kmaw filmmaker from the Atlantic region. She also holds the Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University.
Catherine’s daughter Natalie Clifford is a lawyer with a specific passion for Aboriginal Law, and the rights and future of First Nations in Canada. She has opened her own firm with a colleague called Clifford Sheils.
This is part one of a two-part conversation.
El Jones is a spoken word activist and teacher who was Poet Laureate in Halifax between 2013 and 2015. She was the captain of the back-to-back national championship Halifax slam team in 2007 and 2008. She is dedicated to using poetry in prison outreach and youth engagement, including on a weekly radio show at CKDU called Black Power Hour.
And Rebecca Thomas is Halifax’s new Poet Laureate – and the first Indigenous Poet Laureate in Atlantic Canada. Along with being the current Halifax Slam Master, she also holds the position of Coordinator of Aboriginal Student Services at the Nova Scotia Community College.