Clayton Thomas-Müller is a member of the Treaty #6 based Mathias Colomb Cree Nation also known as Pukatawagan located in Northern Manitoba, Canada. Based in Winnipeg. He has been recognized by Yes Magazine as a Climate Hero and is featured as one of ten international human rights defenders in the National Canadian Museum for Human Rights. He has campaigned across Canada, Alaska and the lower 48 states organizing in hundreds of First Nations, Alaska Native and Native American communities to support Indigenous Peoples to defend their territories against the encroachment of the fossil fuel industry with a special focus on stopping the expansion of the Canadian tar sands and its associated pipelines. Clayton is an award winning film director, media producer, organizer, facilitator, public speaker and bestselling author on Indigenous rights and environmental & economic justice. His book, Life in the City of Dirty Water, was a national bestseller and a CBC Canada Reads finalist.

Speaking Topics
Storytelling as an Indigenous practice is alive and immersive, as much about the moment and the listener as about the teller. For decades Clayton has toured extensively as a public speaker, engaging audiences at venues around the world and inspiring listeners to take action for climate justice and decolonization.

Clayton can speak on a variety of topics concerning Indigenous Rights, the environment, and crucial issues about land and the extraction industry.

Clayton’s presentation of Life in the City of Dirty Water as an immersive, multimedia theatre experience weaves together oral storytelling, powerful video clips, audio sequences, and Indigenous Art, allowing audiences to go explore other dimensions of colonial trauma, healing, and Indigenous resurgence.

A documentary about his life and book, produced by the CBC, premiered at Hot Docs in 2019. Watch the two-minute trailer:

Selected media

CBC Radio The Current

CBC Radio Sunday Magazine


Vancouver Sun

Winnipeg Free Press

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