The Right To Be Cold: One Woman's Story Of Protecting Her Culture, The Arctic And The Whole Planet by Sheila Watt-cloutierThe Right To Be Cold: One Woman's Story Of Protecting Her Culture, The Arctic And The Whole Planet by Sheila Watt-cloutier

The Right To Be Cold: One Woman's Story Of Protecting Her Culture, The Arctic And The Whole Planet

bySheila Watt-cloutier

Paperback | March 1, 2016

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Now in paperback, one of Canada's most passionate environmental and human rights activists addresses the global threat of climate change from the intimate perspective of her own Arctic childhood

The Arctic ice is receding each year, but just as irreplaceable is the culture, the wisdom that has allowed the Inuit to thrive in the Far North for so long. And it's not just the Arctic. The whole world is changing in dangerous, unpredictable ways. Sheila Watt-Cloutier has devoted her life to protecting what is threatened and nurturing what has been wounded. In this culmination of Watt-Cloutier's regional, national, and international work over the last twenty-five years, The Right to Be Cold explores the parallels between safeguarding the Arctic and the survival of Inuit culture, of which her own background is such an extraordinary example. This is a human story of resilience, commitment, and survival told from the unique vantage point of an Inuk woman who, in spite of many obstacles, rose from humble beginnings in the Arctic to become one of the most influential and decorated environmental, cultural, and human rights advocates in the world.
SHEILA WATT-CLOUTIER is one of the world’s most recognized environmental and human rights activists. Experienced in working with global decision makers for over a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for twenty-first-century leadership. She treats the issues of our day—the environment, the economy, foreign policy, global health,...
Title:The Right To Be Cold: One Woman's Story Of Protecting Her Culture, The Arctic And The Whole PlanetFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.21 × 5.24 × 0.8 inPublished:March 1, 2016Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I don't understand how anyone could find this book boring; I couldn't put it down. It was such an interesting and honest read.
Date published: 2018-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent info A great book on one woman’s struggle to raise awareness on Climate Cahnge effects in the Canadian North. I greatly enjoyed not only her efforts to fight climate change and raise global awareness but all the information on the Inuit culture and society. Found the parts about her growing up and her culture to be the most interesting part for me. Sad that there is a part of Canada and I know so little. Great read for Canadians, Environmentalists and people interested in our fellow Canadians to the North. Can see why it was a selection for CBC Canada reads 2017.
Date published: 2018-08-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow but worth it As someone who enjoys learning about the environment and hearing other people's stories, this memoir was inspiring and intriguing. However towards the last three chapters it was difficult to stay on track and keep reading. Spots like these seemed more like a retelling of a timeline of her life rather than an actual story. I would say you have to be really invested in environmental issues or the author in order to appreciate this book. Although I do admire Sheila's passionate storytelling and dedication to her work.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from let down I was excited to read this book. And while it was interesting, it was hard to finish. Kind of got boring and dragged on.
Date published: 2017-07-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring This book was tough to get through. The information was relevant and important but it was told in such a slow, boring, anecdotal way that I could barely finish it. It would have been much better to hear the author speak on the subject.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from slow slog I found it gave me shivers trying to get thru this one.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit of a slog The Right to be Cold is an important book, and there are some very interesting parts, but it's a tough book to get through. It has the tendency to drag on, and towards the end it feels like Watt-Cloutier is just repeating herself. Also, the events of the book aren't always in chronological order, which can be a bit disorienting.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Important This is an important book; it's also well-written and passionate
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Important book for our times While it was both enlightening and revealing to learn about her earlier life and intricate details of the forced assimilation imposed on Inuit children, the rest of Sheila-Watt Cloutier's journey in becoming one of the most influential and decorated environmental, cultural, and human rights advocate in the world, is all the more inspiring -- and a departure from the cultural genocide narrative that has come to the fore in CanLit. In the language of the Inuktitut, there are myriad subtle ways in describing the ice, the snow, and the environment that are part and parcel of the Inuit way of life -- a life that they have knew for millennia prior to Western colonization yet with the steady drumbeat of industrialization, material culture, and human activity in the Anthropocene, all of this is changing rapidly. The change in climate evokes a change in the way of life, and by extension an erosion of a culture that has been brutalized yet still clings to life. Sheila-Watt has articulated the case for action against the climate change that native cultures have been seeing for the past generation. Those that live in tandem with and are closest to the land and nature are the proverbial canary in the coal mine; they remind us that the world must act now in order to stave off significant environmental changes years from now.
Date published: 2017-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a story! An excellent addition to any library.
Date published: 2017-03-20
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Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Utterly fascinating and engaging. Couldn't recommend it enough. #plumreview
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Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from women are smart great incite into the mind of a woman in the arctic
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Great insights into the Arctic from someone who lives there.
Date published: 2017-01-13

Read from the Book

The world I was born into has changed forever.     For the first ten years of my life, I travelled only by dog team. As the youngest child of four on our family hunting and ice fishing trips, I would be snuggled into warm blankets and fur in a box tied safely on top of the qamutiik, the dogsled. I would view the vast expanses of Arctic sky and feel the crunching of the snow and the ice below me as our dogs, led by my brothers, Charlie and Elijah, carried us safely across the frozen land. I remember just as vividly the Arctic summer scenes that slipped by as I sat in the canoe on the way to our hunting and fishing grounds.The world was blue and white and rocky, and defined by the things that had an immediate bearing on us—the people who helped and cared for us, the dogs that gave us their strength, the water and land that nurtured us. The Arctic may seem cold and dark to those who don’t know it well, but for us a day of hunting or fishing brought the most succulent, nutritious food. Then there would be the intense joy as we gathered together as family and friends, sharing and partaking of the same animal in a communal meal. To live in a boundless landscape and a close-knit culture in which everything matters and everything is connected is a kind of magic. Like generations of Inuit, I bonded with the ice and snow.      Those idyllic moments of my childhood seem very far away these days. Today, while dog teams, qajaqs (kayaks) and canoes are at times still used to move out onto the Arctic land and water, snow machines are more common than dogs, and the hum of fast-moving powerboats is now heard on Arctic waters. All of our communities now have airports, medical clinics and schools, with some having hospitals, television stations, daycares and colleges. Our people still hunt and fish, sew and bead, but they are also nurses, lawyers, teachers, business people and politicians. The Arctic is a different place than it was when I was a child. And while many of the changes are positive, the journey into the modern world was not an easy one—and it has left its scars.     In a sense, Inuit of my generation have lived in both the ice age and the space age. The modern world arrived slowly in some places in the world, and quickly in others. But in the Arctic, it appeared in a single generation. Like everyone I grew up with, I have seen ancient traditions give way to southern habits. I have seen communities broken apart or transformed dramatically by government policies. I have seen Inuit traditional wisdom supplanted by southern programs and institutions. And most shockingly, like all my fellow Inuit, I have seen what seemed permanent begin to melt away.     The Arctic ice and snow, the frozen terrain that Inuit life has depended on for millennia, is now diminishing in front of our eyes.

Editorial Reviews

SHORTLISTED FOR CANADA READS 2017"Loss, suppression and ultimate rediscovery of voice are themes that run through this courageous and revelatory memoir."—Naomi Klein, The Globe and Mail"This is a book that needs to be read as the North becomes central to our future. It offers a perspective grounded in the culture and wisdom of northern people, seen through the lens of a remarkable woman as they seek to preserve 'The Right to be Cold.'" —Lloyd Axworthy, academic, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee"This is a moving and passionate story from a committed woman who has bridged the ice age to the digital age. Her sophisticated views on the environment and the way the world works from her engaged involvement are brilliant and convincing."—The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, journalist and former Governor General