CBC.ca recently published a feature on comedian and environmentalist Dallas Goldtooth, who is an ally of the Campaign to STOP GE Trees and Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP). Dallas Goldtooth’s father, Tom Goldtooth, is an environmental activist and a member of GJEP’s New Voices Speakers Bureau.
Dallas Goldtooth’s comedy troupe, the 1491s, have a history of using comedy to dig into Indigenous issues and concerns. CBC.ca shared this clip:
Goldtooth will be a keynote speaker at today’s REDx event at the University of Calgary.
This year’s event will focus on reconciliation and falls on the one year anniversary of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s report. It’s set to take place June 2 at the University of Calgary.
“Comedy, it allows us to engage in topics from a different standpoint other than anger or, you know, direct sadness,” said the Mdewakanton Dakota and Diñe man, known for his fight against the Keystone XL pipeline.
“I think comedy allows us to process information and experience, and in the case of reconciliation and trauma, in a different manner that provides some positive healing and provides a positive discourse on the subject.”