In Conversation | John Robb with Clayton Thomas-Muller
Clayton Thomas-Müller is a member of the Treaty #6 based Mathias Colomb Cree Nation also known as Pukatawagan located in Northern Manitoba, Canada. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Clayton is the 'Stop it at the Source' campaigner with 350.org. Clayton is involved in many initiatives to support the building of an inclusive global movement for energy and climate justice. He serves on the board of the Bioneers, Navajo Nation based, Black Mesa Water Coalition, Indigenous Climate Action and Global Justice Ecology Protect Clayton has travelled extensively domestically and internationally, having led Indigenous delegations to lobby United Nations bodies, including the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UN Earth Summit (Johannesburg, South Africa 2002 and Rio+20, Brazil 2012) and the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Clayton has coordinated and led delegations of First Nations, Native American, and Alaska Native elected and grassroots leadership to lobby government in Washington DC; Ottawa, Canada; and the European Union (Strasbourg and Brussels). He has been recognized by Utne Magazine as one of the top 30 under 30 activists in the United States, by Yes Magazine as a Climate Hero and is featured as one of ten international human rights defenders in the National Canadian Museum for Human Rights. 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. This has included a special focus on the sprawling infrastructure of pipelines, refineries and extraction associated with the Canadian tar sands. Clayton is a media producer, organizer, facilitator, public speaker and writer on Indigenous rights and environmental & economic justice.