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Podcast Episode 8
12:01pm

Life in the City of Dirty Water

with Clayton Thomas-Muller
Hosted by Neil Wilson

Life in the City of Dirty Water

with Clayton Thomas-Muller
Hosted by Neil Wilson
10
Friday
Sep
12:01pm
Clayton Thomas-Muller - Photo by Thelma Young Lutunatabua

Join us for a conversation between the Festival’s Neil Wilson and Clayton Thomas-Muller, author of Life in the City of Dirty Water, an electrifying memoir that braids together the urgent issues of Indigenous rights and environmental policy,

 

There have been many Clayton Thomas-Mullers: The child who played with toy planes as an escape from domestic and sexual abuse, enduring the intergenerational trauma of Canada's residential school system; the angry youngster who defended himself with fists and sharp wit against racism and violence, at school and on the streets of Winnipeg and small-town British Columbia; the tough teenager who, at 17, managed a drug house run by members of his family, and slipped in and out of juvie, operating in a world of violence and pain.

 

But behind them all, there was another Clayton: the one who remained immersed in Cree spirituality, and who embraced the rituals and ways of thinking vital to his heritage; the one who reconnected with the land during summer visits to his great-grandparents' trapline in his home territory of Pukatawagan in northern Manitoba.

 

And it's this version of Clayton that ultimately triumphed, finding healing by directly facing the trauma that he shares with Indigenous peoples around the world. Now a leading organizer and activist on the frontlines of environmental resistance, Clayton brings his warrior spirit to the fight against the ongoing assault on Indigenous peoples' lands by Big Oil.

 

Tying together personal stories of survival that bring the realities of the First Nations of this land into sharp focus, and lessons learned from a career as a frontline activist committed to addressing environmental injustice at a global scale, Thomas-Muller offers a narrative and vision of healing and responsibility.

 

Books are available from our friends at Perfect Books.

 

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