Severn Cullis-Suzuki is an environmental activist, a board member of the David Suzuki Foundation and Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society, council member of Skeena-Northwest BC Citizens’ Conservation Council on Climate Action, Champion of We Canada Initiative at the Earth Summit 2012, and host of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network series “Samaqan – Water Stories”.
She has spoken around the world about environmental issues, first nation issues, and the intersection between modern science and traditional ecological knowledge. She urges listeners to define their values, act with the future in mind, and take individual responsibility.
In 1992, at age 12, Cullis-Suzuki raised money with members of ECO to attend the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Along with group members Michelle Quigg, Vanessa Suttie, and Morgan Geisler, Cullis-Suzuki presented environmental issues from a youth perspective in a speech to delegates. The video has since become a viral hit, popularly known as “The Girl Who Silenced the World for 5 Minutes”.
As a member of Kofi Annan’s Special Advisory Panel, she brought a pledge called the “Recognition of Responsibility”, to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in August 2002.
Cullis-Suzuki co-hosted her father David Suzuki‘s Nature Quest, a children’s television series that aired on the Discovery Kids in 2002. She has been a subject of the CBC’s long-running documentary series ‘The Nature of Things’.
Cullis-Suzuki has published several books in Japan, and is a co-editor of and contributor for Notes from Canada’s Young Activists (Greystone books, 2007).
She holds a B.Sc. in Biology from Yale University and an M.Sc. in Ethnoecology from the University of Victoria, where she studied with elders from the Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations.
Cullis-Suzuki lives on the archipelago of Haida Gwaii off the coast of British Columbia where she is studying the Haida language with her husband and two sons.submit a booking request for Severn Cullis Suzuki