Through its research studies, the ENRICH Project seeks to examine the socio-economic implications of toxic industries and waste dumps in Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotian communities, particularly their impact on local employment, land value, standard of living, local services and utilities, and demographic trends. The Project also examines the health risks associated with proximity to toxic industries and waste dumps in these communities.
The Project’s other research objectives are: (1) to determine the state of environmental protections, evaluation, regulation and legislation in Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotian communities and (2) to examine the extent to which community members are involved in the decision making process around the situating and operation of waste disposal sites in their communities.
The research will inform and enhance research capacity by engaging Mi’kmaq and African Canadian/Nova Scotian community members, academics/researchers, students, community agencies and policymakers throughout Nova Scotia and Canada.
Study results will be used to inform community consultations and democratic decision-making with Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotian communities around the socio-economic outcomes and health risks associated with toxic waste disposal sites.
Research publications produced by the ENRICH Project are available for viewing and download on our Resource Page here.