Events and Workshops

May 20-22, 2020: Together/Ensemble 2020

May 7, 2020:
There’s Something in the Water Panel

April 30, 2020:
Open Dialogue Live: Vulnerable Communities & COVID-19

March 5-7, 2020:
SHIFT: Equity Planning Conference

February 28-29, 2020
: East Coast International Development Summit

February 1st, 2020
: IDEA Law Conference

February 27, 2019:
Dalhousie University Book Launch: Ingrid Waldron will read from and discuss her book There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities. Books will be available for purchase.


















Event Date: Wed. Feb. 27 @ 6 pm

Location: Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building, Room 3089 6100 University Avenue

Organized by Dalhousie University Library & Fernwood Publishing


December 24, 2018: Actress Ellen Page takes aim at the controversial Alton Gas underground gas storage plan:


December 13, 2018: Ingrid Waldron discusses her book in “The 25 Stories of 2018” in the Coast’s Year in Review issue (her interview is #21).


December 10, 2018: The South End Environmental Injustice Society (SEED) was awarded the Group Award at the 2018 Nova Scotia Human Rights Awards Celebration for its work addressing environmental concerns in the African Nova Scotian community in the south end of Shelburne. More information here on the awards ceremony here:


November 20, 2018: Articles written by speakers at the ENRICH Project’s 2017 two-day symposium “Over the Line: A Conversation on Race, Place & Space” have been published in the journal Kalfou: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies.

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The Ethics of Getting Clean Water

October 17, 2018: Dr. Ingrid Waldron leads a discussion about the ethics of access to clean water at the Ethics of Getting Clean Water event organized by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA) as part of the Ethics in the Evening lecture series. There are communities in Canada in 2018 without access to clean drinking water. This is a problem which disproportionately affects marginalized communities.

 Wednesday, October 17, 2018
7 pm – 8:30 pm
President’s Lodge, Atlantic School of Theology
Organized by the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA).

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Public Lecture & Book Launch for There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous & Black Communities
Environment, Sustainability and Society Lecture Series

October 11, 2018: Dr. Ingrid Waldron will be delivering a public lecture on environmental racism and signing copies of her book.

Thursday, October 11, 2018
7 pm-8:30 pm
Ondaatje Hall
Marion McCain Arts & Social Sciences building
6135 University Avenue

Organized by the College of Sustainability, Dalhousie University.

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October 9, 2018: Ingrid Waldron was interviewed for Episode 3 of the Art Gallery of Ontario’s (AGO) podcast series Into the Anthropocene along with Zoe Todd, Heather Davis, and Stephen Myers. Their episode Whose earth is it anyway? Decolonizing the Anthropocene. The podcast series was hosted by Saraine Fox.  The podcast series was produced to accompany Anthropocene, a major new contemporary art exhibition (which opened at the Art Gallery of Ontario and the National Gallery of Canada simultaneously) that tells the story of human impact on the Earth through film, photography and new experiential technologies, featuring the work of photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier. To accompany this ground-breaking exhibition, they produced a seven-episode podcast series that dives deeper into the issues orbiting the Anthropocene, highlighting Indigenous, Canadian, and International perspectives on climate change, species extinction, geoscience, decolonization, biodiversity, eco-friendly initiatives, and cities.You can listen to the podcast here:

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From Africville to Alton Gas: A Pop-Up Book Launch for
There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous & Black Communities

October 3, 2018: Please join host Fazeela Jiwa for Dr. Ingrid Waldron’s Halifax book launch From Africville to Alton Gas: A Pop-Up Book Launch for There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities. Ingrid will be joined by friends and colleagues who will read passages from the book and contribute their own experiences and perspectives on the issues and stories documented in the book. The following speakers will be joining Ingrid to deliver talks:

Geri Musqua-LeBlanc, Elder, Dalhousie University Elders in Residence Program
Lenore Zann, Nova Scotia NDP Party
Ellen Sweeney, Atlantic PATH|
Mikiko Terashima, School of Planning, Dalhousie University
Irvine Carvery, Africville Genealogy Society
Michelle Paul, Environmental Activist
Louise Delisle, South End Environmental Injustice Society
Dorene Bernard, Grassroots Grandmothers Circle

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
6 pm -9 pm
Paul O’Regan Hall
Halifax Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Rd, Halifax, NS B3J 1E9

Free refreshments

Ingrid will be signing copies of her book, which will be available for purchase.

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2018 Policy Matters Speakers Series
The MacEachen Institute for Public Policy & Governance, Dalhousie University

Whose Nation? Navigating a New Era in Crown-Indigenous Relations

 October 2, 2018: Please join John Paul (Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat), Cheryl Simon (Mi’gmawe’l T plu’taqnn) and Dr. Ingrid Waldron (School of Nursing, Dalhousie University) for a panel discussion on navigating a new era in Crown-Indigenous Relations. Indigenous communities have long sought political recognition and nationhood, but only recently have the affairs and governance of Canadian Indigenous peoples been recognized for containing some of the most pressing policy questions of our time, including questions about water governance, health practices, and self-determination. In May 2016, Canada officially removed its objector status to the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, indicating the Crown’s intention to reset its relationship with Canadian Indigenous peoples. A new relationship, created on the principles of Nation to Nation governance, must be supported by a strong policy framework. In the coming years, Indigenous and Crown leaders will navigate through law and policy to determine how to address issues concerning resources, identity, autonomy and culture. This discussion focuses on some of the obstacles and opportunities decision-makers face as they try to reform our system of governance.


John Paul – Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat
Cheryl Simon – Mi’gmawe’l T plu’taqnn
Ingrid Waldron, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
Room 1011, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
Dalhousie University, 6100 University Avenue, Halifax, NS

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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

Keynote Speaker

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?


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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
6:00 – 8:45 pm
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.


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