Canadian Indigenous Rights Activist Among Alternative Nobel Prize Winners
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – The Right Livelihood Award – known as the “Alternative Nobel” – was awarded Wednesday to three activists and an organization working across the world to empower communities in areas ranging from protection of childhood to the environment
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – The Right Livelihood Award – known as the “Alternative Nobel” – was awarded Wednesday to three activists and an organization working across the world to empower communities in areas ranging from protection of childhood in defense of the environment.
The Swedish Right Livelihood Foundation, which awards the award, said that “in the face of the worsening climate crisis, powerful government and business interests, and even a terrorist threat, the 2021 laureates prove that solidarity is key. ‘a better future for all. “
The winners include Indigenous rights activist Freda Huson of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in British Columbia, who was recognized for “her intrepid dedication to reclaiming the culture of her people and defending their lands against pipeline projects. disastrous ”.
The foundation also recognized Marthe Wandou, an activist for gender equality and peace who has worked since the 1990s to prevent sexual violence against girls in the Lake Chad region of Cameroon, and to take care of its victims.
Russian environmental activist Vladimir Slivyak was honored for helping to generate popular opposition to the coal and nuclear industries in the country. He co-founded Ecodefense, which he described as one of Russia’s leading environmental organizations.
Finally, the India-based Forest and Environment Legal Initiative, or LIFE, uses law and legal processes to empower often vulnerable communities and help them stand up against powerful interests and make their voices heard. in the decision-making process, the foundation said.
In a statement, Ole von Uexkull, head of Right Livelihood, said the four winners “are courageous mobilizers who show what popular movements can achieve.”
Established in 1980, the annual Right Livelihood Award recognizes efforts that the founder of the award, Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull, considered ignored by the Nobel Prize winners.
The winners will each receive a cash prize of 1 million crowns ($ 115,520) and will be honored at a virtual awards ceremony on December 1.
The foundation said a record 206 applicants from 89 countries were screened in 2021. Right Livelihood Award winners in recent years include Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, US civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson and jailed Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh.
The Associated Press