Tonio is Senior Director of Environment, Lands and Water at the Assembly of First Nations (Canada), and is involved in a variety of related initiatives, including sitting as a board member of Climate Reality Canada, and participating as a Principle Investigator for the Food, Environment, Health and Nutrition of First Nations Children and Youth (FEHNCY) study. He has a PhD from Simon Fraser University (2008) and teaches in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa.
Why did you join the climate movement/what pushed you to become interested in climate change issues?
A life-long passion for the environment and natural systems.
What is one achievement you are proud of?
Establishing a network of 10 Regional Climate Change Coordinators (RCCCs) across Canada.
What are some climate change initiatives you are currently taking part in?
The majority of my work involves working with Indigenous peoples. This includes work at the regional and national levels, as well as internationally. Everyone benefits from the involvement of Indigenous peoples based on the unique forms of knowledge that they bring to these fora (ie, Indigenous Knowledge).
What do you think is the most effective way for people to take climate action?
There are many ways to take effective climate action, but affecting others within our sphere of influence may represent the greatest opportunities (eg, family, friends, colleagues, etc.).
What is a fun fact about yourself?
I prefer vanilla over chocolate.