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Upcoming Event: “Connecting the Dots: Confronting Environmental Racism in Nova Scotia”

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The Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities & Community Health Project (Dr. Ingrid Waldron, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University) and the Halifax Central Library would like to invite you to“Connecting the Dots: Confronting Environmental Racism in Nova Scotia”. This free event will take place at the Halifax Central Library (Paul O’Regan Hall) on Tuesday, July 28 from 6 pm – 8:45 pm.

You can find more information on the event at the Facebook Event Page here:https://www.facebook.com/events/1618624878380482/

Please come out to learn from some of the research and ongoing community work that is happening to fight against environmental racism. Environmental racism refers to the disproportionate location of toxic facilities and other environmentally hazardous activities in communities with historically marginalized voices (predominantly racialized and working poor).

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 hopes to create greater awareness and spark more critical discussions about the importance of incorporating “race” as a core element of environmental justice initiatives in Nova Scotia.

The event will feature five panelists who will share their challenges, successes and strategies for mobilizing on environmental racism in Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities.

Long-time activist Lynn Jones will moderate the panel discussion.

Panelists will include:

  • Dorene Bernard (Indian Brook)
  • Sherry Pictou (Bear River)
  • Mary Desmond (Lincolnville)
  • Carolann Wright-Parks, Director, Community Economic Development & Strategic Engagement, Halifax Partnership
  • Lenore Zann, NDP Deputy House Leader; NDP Critic for Aboriginal Affairs; Education; Community Services; Communities, Culture & Heritage; and MLA for Truro-Bible Hill-Salmon River-Millbrook.

Free refreshments will be provided

The event will include performances by:

All Nations Drummers

Umoja Cultural Diversity Drummers

This event is being funded by an Open Academy Grant from the Royal Society of Canada.

The event is being organized by:

  • Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities & Community Health Project (ENRICH):http://www.enrichproject.org/
  • Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG)
  • Ecology Action Center (EAC)

Hope to see you there!!

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