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Mateus Tremembé on Neocolonialism in the Green Transition

June 30, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


As the world seeks sustainable solutions to climate change, the green transition has gained significant momentum. However, it is crucial to critically examine the potential neocolonial implications of these efforts, particularly regarding Indigenous communities. In this presentation, Mateus Tremembé sheds light on the ongoing struggle of the Tremembé Indigenous People in northeastern Brazil against the establishment of offshore wind farms in their ancestral territories. It positions the wind farms as a continuation of colonial practices that threaten Tremembé autonomy, self-determination, and cultural integrity, and calls on policymakers, researchers, and activists to ensure that environmental justice and the rights and aspirations of Indigenous Peoples are at the forefront of green transitions.

About the speaker: Mateus Tremembé is an Indigenous Youth Leader of the Tremembé da Barra do Mundaú Indigenous Lands, in the municipality of Itapipoca, Ceará, Brazil. Mateus is an Indigenous agroecological farmer, food security and Indigenous food culture researcher, Agronomy student at the University of International Integration of Afro-Brazilian Lusofonia (UNILAB), and Mitacs Accelerate intern in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia. He is a community organizer for traditional Tremembé festivals, including the Ancestral Food Ritual, the Murici and Batiputá Festival, and the Yemanjá Festival.

This event is hosted by Dr. Cash Ahenakew, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples’ Well-Being. The event is co-sponsored by the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, the Department of Educational Studies, and the Centre for Climate Justice.


June 30, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies (PWIAS)
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