Breaking Ground: Women, Oil and Climate Change

Dates: 8-16 October 2012
Locations: Alberta and British Colombia Canada


The delegation undertook a fact-finding mission to Alberta’s tar sands and travelled along the proposed route of the Northern Gateway Pipeline in British Columbia. The tar sands are the fasted growing single source of greenhouse gas emissions in Canada. Delegates met with over 200 women in 13 communities who were directly affected by expansion of the tar sands. Impacts included: homelessness, spiraling inflation, breathing problems, undrinkable water, increased cancer rates, domestic violence and unequal access to jobs.


To bear witness to the oil sands industry expansion and to learn about the impact of oilsands exploration and related tanker and pipeline projects on women and their communities.

In 2013 NWI released a report on their findings (see link below).


Jody Williams


Chris Page, Board Member, Center for Environmental Health, United States
Kandi Mossett, Native Energy & Climate Campaign Organizer, Indigenous Environmental Network, United States
Marianne Douglas, Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Canada
Sarah Harmer, Singer/Songwriter, Co-founder of Protecting Escarpment Rural Land

Find out more


Breaking Ground: Women, Oil and Climate Change in Alberta and British Colombia (October 2013)


Breaking Ground: Delegation Highlights

Breaking Ground: Women’s Voices n the Oil Sands and Climate (28 October 2013)


Breaking Ground: Women, Oil & Climate Change Delegation 2012