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World in Progress: Fighter for First Nations Culture and land Freda Huson

Canadian Indigenous leader Freda Huson received a right livelihood award this week "for her fearless dedication to reclaiming her people’s culture and defending their land against disastrous pipeline projects". A look at her aims and heritage.

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This week, the Right Livelihoods awards, also known as the alternative Nobel prizes, were awarded to several outstanding people who "mobilize communities against violence and climate change" in India, Cameroon, Russia, and also to a courageous indigenous woman in Canada. Her name is Freda Huson - and she's well known across Canada, because of her protests against a controversial gas pipeline that was planned to run through tribal lands.

Huson is the chief of the indigenous people of the Wet'suwet'en in British Coloumbia, in northwestern Canada. For many years, she’s been campaigning on behalf of indigenous Canadians, the First Nation peoples, fighting for their rights. Peter Mücke takes a look at what makes Freda Huson so special, the presenter is Elliot Douglas.