The Right to Be Cold - One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet

The Right to Be Cold

One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet

Details ausblenden Von Sheila Watt-Cloutier
Kategorien: Biography & Autobiography
Themen: Horizonte
Hardcover : 9780670067107, 352 pages, Penguin Canada
März 2015


The Right to Be Cold 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 community of Kuujjuaq, Quebec—where she was raised by a single parent and grandmother and travelled by dog team in a traditional, ice-based Inuit hunting culture—to become one of the most influential and decorated environmental, cultural, and human rights advocates in the world.

The Right to Be Cold explores the parallels between safeguarding the Arctic and the survival of Inuit culture—and ultimately the world—in the face of past, present, and future environmental degradation. Sheila Watt-Cloutier passionately argues that climate change is a human rights issue and one to which all of us on the planet are inextricably linked. The Right to Be Cold is the culmina­tion of Watt-Cloutier’s regional, national, and international work over the last twenty-five years, weaving historical traumas and current issues such as climate change, leadership, and sustainability in the Arctic into her personal story to give a coherent and holistic voice to an important subject.


  • Short-listed, British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction 2016
  • Winner, Ontario Historical Society Huguenot Society of Canada Award 2015
  • Short-listed, Canada Reads 2017
  • Short-listed, Kobo Emerging Writer Prize 2016
  • Short-listed, Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing 2015
  • Short-listed, Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction 2016



"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