Beyond Borders: From Standing Rock to Manitowapow

November 2, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Moot Court Room – Main floor, Robson Hall, University of Manitoba
224 Dysart Rd
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

The Student Pipeline Action Committee is pleased to host an event bringing together an all-Indigenous panel of speakers to present and discuss on the experience of impacted and potentially impacted communities like the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota, as well as the legal, political, and social implications that arise with pipelines and resource extraction.


Aimée Craft

Aimée Craft, is an Indigenous woman whose family originates from Sagkeeng First Nation. Her academic background includes a B.A. (L.Ph.) from the University of Manitoba, an LL.B from the University of Ottawa, and a LL.M from the University of Victoria. Craft’s work as a lawyer has focused on advocating for Indigenous communities on issues arising around land and resources, Treaties, human rights, consultation, and governance. Craft is also the author of “Breathing Life Into the Stone Fort Treaty: An Anishinaabe Understanding of Treaty One”, which examined Anishinaabe oral history and interpretation around signing of Treaty One and intention of Treaty relations in Manitoba. More recently, Craft has focused her work on Anishinaabe Nibi Inaakonigwein (Anishinaabe Water Laws) where she works closely with Anishinaabe elders and teachings around Indigenous water governance.

Clayton Thomas-Muller

Clayton Thomas-Muller is a member of the Treaty Six community Mathais Colomb Cree Nation, also known as Pukatawagan located in Northern Manitoba. Based in Winnipeg, Clayton is the “Stop It At The Source” campaigner with 350 .org. For the last fifteen years he has campaigned across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 states organizing in hundreds of First Nations, Alaska Native and Native American communities in support of grassroots Indigenous Peoples to defend their traditional territories against the encroachment of the fossil fuel industry. Thomas-Muller has been on the front lines of stopping industrial society’s assault on Indigenous Peoples lands and has included a special focus on the sprawling infrastructure of pipelines, refineries and extraction associated with the Canadian tar sands.

Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie

Sadie-Phoenix Lavoie is a Anishinaabe Two-Spirit from Sagkeeng First Nation, graduating with a B.A. from University of Winnipeg in Indigenous Studies and Political Science. Sadie-Phoenix is one of the co-founders of the Winnipeg based, Red Rising Magazine. Sadie-Phoenix’s work against natural resource extraction includes working on numerous projects and initiatives like the student led Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign, attending the UN COP22 in Morocco in 2016 on behalf of the Canadian Climate Youth Coalition, being on the front lines in protecting North America against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline at demonstrations on Parliament Hill, and the front lines of Standing Rock against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Sadie-Phoenix has participated and organized numerous community events, rallies, marches and speeches around Indigenous rights, challenging racism and colonialism, Indigenous climate justice and youth empowerment.

Dallas Goldtooth

Dallas Goldtooth is Mdewakanton Dakota & Dińe. Goldtooth was the organizer for the Keystone XL campaign and currently is involved in the national “Keep It In The Ground” campaigner for the Indigenous Environmental Network. He was also heavily involved at the the Standing Rock camp against the Dakota Access Pipeline. He has traveled extensively across North America as a public speaker and organizer, addressing the needs and issues that affect Indigenous peoples today. He is a film producer, actor, and a comedian. He co-founded The 1491s, an all-indigenous social media group that uses comedy and satire as means of critical social dialogue. He is also a Dakota language activist, cultural teacher and dedicated father.

Moot Court Room

Robson Hall, University of Manitoba (224 Dysart Rd.)

This event will include a pizza lunch for those in attendance. As seats are limited, please RSVP to or via the Facebook event page, by October 27th, 2017.

This event will also mark the launch of our next “Water Is Life” fundraising campaign! Be on the watch for more details to come.