Ben Powless is Mohawk from Six Nations in Ontario. He is currently working for the Defenders of the Land network, a national network of Indigenous communities, leaders, and allies dedicated to standing up for the sovereignty and sacredness of Indigenous lands. He was one of the cofounder of the Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, working at both the national level and local level with the Ottawa Chapter. Previously, he worked with the National Council for the Canadian Environmental Network and the Youth Advisory Group to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.