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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!)
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Event Description:

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.

NSPIRG (Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group) is an organization dedicated to developing and supporting campaigns and actions that address social or environmental inequalities, promote critical awareness, and foster social change.


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“IN WHOSE BACKYARD?”
Saturday, January 11, 2014
From 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The Halifax Forum in the Maritime Room
2901 Windsor Street, Halifax (K’jipuktuk)

Event Details:

A public workshop and convergence event bringing together members of the Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotian communities and allies throughout the Province to share stories and experiences of struggles for environmental justice. With hostess and facilitator Lynn Jones, the day features ceremony, activities and keynote presentations.

Wheelchair accessible with childcare services available and lunch provided. To watch a video featuring speakers from some of the workshops, click here. To read the final report from the regional workshops leading up to this event, click here.

  • FACILITATOR BIO:

l_jones-x-smallLynn Jones grew up in Truro where from a young age she struggled against explicit racial segregation. As a university student, she was active against the Vietnam War, she worked in solidarity with struggles for self-determination elsewhere in the world, and fought for programs that gave Black and indigenous students access to post-secondary education. Later she became active in her union, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, and went on to become the first woman of colour to be Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress.

  • PRESENTER BIOS:

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Alan Knockwood is a Mi’kmaq Pipe Carrier, Elder and Educator from Indian Brook. He has been a Human Rights Activist and an International speaker on Aboriginal Rights and History. Alan has worked at the Native Friendship Centre in Halifax and served on the board of Directors with Caretakers of the Environment. He served with the U.S. Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and currently works on behalf of Veterans focusing on issues around increasing health care benefits and the need to improve the treatment of post-traumatic syndrome.

e_jones-smallEl Jones is a spoken word activist and teacher who has performed all over Canada, including at the 10th anniversary all-star edition of When Sisters Speak in Toronto. In 2012, she was sponsored by Citizenship and Heritage Canada on a reading tour of Nova Scotia with George Elliott Clarke. Her poetry is particularly committed to political causes and social justice and El has worked extensively with organizations around Halifax performing and presenting on issues of social change. El is currently the HRM Poet Laureate and artistic director of Word Iz Bond Spoken Word Artist Collective

i_carvery-smallIrvine Carvery was born in Africville and enjoyed berry picking, swimming, fishing and boats on the picturesque shores of Bedford Basin. But this all ended abruptly when his family along with many other Africville residents was forcibly removed and relocated by the city into public housing. Irvine has volunteered countless hours in community work, notably as President of the Africville Genealogy Society, the central organization seeking redress from the powers that be, for the descendants of Africville.

j_bourgeois_smallJosée Bourgeois is a band member of the Pikwakanagan, Algonquin First Nations reservation in Golden Lake Ontario along the Algonquin Parkway. A founder of Pride and Passion Dance Workshops,  Josée has been a performer of many kinds, helping youth and adults find new ways of staying physically active and continuing to expand their knowledge of dance and First Nations culture in all forms. Josée lives in the Mi’kmaq community of Millbrook.

j_sylliboy_smallJoe Sylliboy was raised in Millbrook and has four years of interpreting skills working at a Mi’kmaq Museum towards a nationally recognized Professional Heritage Interpreter certification. Joe grew up going to Powwow’s dancing Boys Traditional for over 10 years and was introduced to drumming when he was 12. It has become a passion of his ever since.

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