On October 26 and 27, 2017 the ENRICH Project and the Healthy Populations Institute hosted a two-part public and academic symposium, entitled “Over the Line: A Conversation About Race, Place & The Environment”. This symposium brought together American, Nova Scotian, and Canadian experts to engage in a solution-based, cross-cultural conversation about the social, economic, political, and health effects of the relationship between race, place, space, and the environment in Indigenous and Black communities. It was kicked off with a lecture by the “father of environmental justice” Dr. Robert Bullard (Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning & Environmental Policy, Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Texas Southern University) on Thursday, October 26, and continued the following day with a keynote from Dr. George Lipsitz (Department of Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara) as well as presentations and panels from a diverse array of American, Nova Scotian, and Canadian speakers on Friday, October 27. This event was streamed live and can be watched here:
PART 1: RBC Sustainability Leadership Lecture, hosted by Dalhousie’s College of Sustainability
Thursday, October 26, 2017
7 pm-8:30 pm
Ondaatje Hall, Marion McCain Building, Dalhousie University, 6135 University Avenue
Dr. Robert Bullard (father of environmental justice)
Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning & Environmental Policy
Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs
Texas Southern University
PART 2: Full Day Symposium
Friday, October 27, 2017
9 am-5 pm
Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road
Dr. George Lipsitz (expert on the “racialization of space”)
The Department of Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
The event will engage participants in a dialogue on the following issues:
1) What would a different conversation about the relationship between race, place, space, and the environment in Indigenous and Black communities look like?
2) How can we engage in a more intersectional and inclusive conversation about the social justice dimensions of race, place, space, and the environment?
3) How are hierarchies and intersections of race, culture, gender, income, class, and other social identities spatialized in rural and urban settings?
4) How can we engage with a more critical understanding of the ways in which colonialism, race, whiteness, culture, gender identities, class, and other social identities are imbued in the places and spaces where we live, work, and play?
5) How do we unpack the larger socio-spatial processes that create disproportionate exposure and vulnerability to the harmful social, economic, and health impacts of inequality in Indigenous and Black communities?
6) How can we use the Black Lives Matter movement as a lens to understand and articulate the links between police violence, spatial violence, environmental violence, and struggles for environmental justice?
7) How can we best acknowledge the links between environmental racism, climate change, climate justice, a justice-based transition to a fossil-free economy, community-based aspects of renewable energy, energy policy, the built environment, urban planning, planning policies, gentrification, and urban justice?
8) What are the possible public health advocacy responses to existing or proposed industrial projects and other environmental hazards near Indigenous and Black communities?
9) What can Nova Scotian, Canadian, and American community members, professors, researchers, students, environmental organizations, NGOs, health professionals, and policymakers learn from one another about using research, policy, and community activism to address the social, economic, and health impacts of the relationship between race, place, space, and the environment in Indigenous and Black communities?
Please join Dr. Ingrid Waldron and a community panel on July 28, 2015 for the free event “Connecting the Dots: Confronting Environmental Racism in Nova Scotia” to learn about and participate in a discussion on environmental racism research and community work that is happening to fight against the placement of toxic facilities and other environmentally hazardous activities in communities with historically marginalized voices.
Date: Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 8:45 pm
Location: Central Library (Paul O’Regan Hall)
Spring Garden Road, Halifax
Facebook Event Page here.
Although environmental racism has been a long-standing issue in Nova Scotia and is a term that is becoming more well-known, we are still far away from a collective understanding of how this form of oppression manifests itself in the province we live in. This event will increase awareness and spark more critical discussions about the importance of incorporating “race” as a core element of environmental justice initiatives in Nova Scotia. It also hopes to increase community engagement in confronting environmental racism across the province.
The event will feature five panelists who will share their challenges, successes and strategies for mobilizing against environmental racism in Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities. Long-time activist Lynn Jones will moderate the panel discussion. There will be performances by All Nations Drummers and Umoja Diversity Drummers. Free refreshments will be provided.
This event is being funded by an Open Academy Grant from the Royal Society of Canada, and is organized by The ENRICH Project, Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG) and the Ecology Action Center (EAC).
Date: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: McInnes Room, Second floor of Dalhousie
Student Union Building, 6136 University Avenue
Cost: Free with food provided by the Loaded Ladle (also free!)
Event Facebook Page
On Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 5:30 pm, we will bring together community leaders, community-based agencies, youth, policymakers, academics and media to discuss and strategize against environmental racism.
This is an invitation to be part of an important conversation that is rarely brought into the spotlight in Nova Scotia. The Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities and Community Health Project (ENRICH) and NSPIRG are hosting an evening to discuss the health effects of environmental racism in Nova Scotia. Environmental racism is the disproportionate location of toxic industries and other environmental hazards close to racially marginalized communities. This is a systemic form of oppression and discrimination happening in our own backyard.
The event will begin with a traditional opening to honour the unceded Mi’kmaw territory the event will be hosted on.
After a film screening of “In Whose Backyard?”, keynote speakers Annie Claire (Elsipogtog) and Jonathan Beadle (Lincolnville) will give an overview of their experiences organizing against environmental racism.
Breakout groups hosted by local experts in law, policy, health, education, media, and community organizing will discuss next steps and strategies for supporting community members in their efforts to have toxic industries and other environmental hazards in racially marginalized communities removed, cleaned up or re-located. The event will also include performances by spoken word artist and Halifax Poet Laureate El Jones and the Ujoma Cultural Diversity Drummers. The event hopes to spark organizing and mobilizing efforts in Nova Scotia against environmental racism.
The event is based on a project that is being conducted through the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University and has already opened up a dialogue on environmental racism among academic researchers, NGOs and affected communities. This study is not intended to remain within the academic realm. On October 7th, the School of Nursing, ENRICH and NSPIRG invite students and community members from around the Province to hear the stories and help shape the dialogue of environmental racism.