Danita Burke discussing why Greenpeace should apologize for anti-sealing violence

Burke, D. C. (Speaker)

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Dr. Danita Burke argues that Greenpeace did not embody its own code of conduct and advocacy ideals during its involvement in the anti-sealing movement and helped to inflict and condone the infliction – intentionally and unintentionally – of forms of violence targeted toward vulnerable new Canadians and Indigenous peoples in Newfoundland and Labrador in the 1970s-early 1980s. As such, the piece argues that Greenpeace should consider making an apology, building on its 2014 apology to Inuit, to the Indigenous and traditional non-Indigenous peoples in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada who were targeted and impacted by the violence and the lingering cultural and economic impact is still felt locally today.

Burke is a Fellow of the Smallwood Foundation and this piece is part of her project titled “Amending the EU Seal Product Ban.”

The interview was recorded in November 2020.
Period12. Jan 2021
Held atCenter for War Studies
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Anti-sealing movement
  • Greenpeace
  • violence
  • traditional rights
  • sustainable development
  • Indigenous rights
  • moral code of conduct
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Canada
  • rural living
  • vulnerable peoples