Eriel Tchekwie Deranger is a Dënesųłiné member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (Treaty 8) and mother of two. Deranger is the Executive Director and co-founder of Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) - an Indigenous-led climate justice organization empowering communities and inspiring Indigenous-led climate solutions. ICA develops educational multi-media and contemporary climate change resources for Indigenous communities, amplifies stories and supports Indigenous rights to sovereignty and self-determination.
In addition to her role at ICA, Deranger is an active member of the UN Indigenous Peoples Forum on Climate Change participating in UNFCCC COP and preparatory meetings; was also a founding member of the Global UN Indigenous Youth Caucus; and she sits on the boards of Bioneers, It Takes Roots Leadership Council, Climate Justice Resiliency Fund Council of Advisors, the UK Tar Sands Network and WWF Canada.
Deranger has written for The Guardian, The Yellowhead Institute, The National Observer and Red Pepper Magazine; and is regularly interviewed for national and international media outlets including Democracy Now!, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), and CBC.