ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE AND THE ENRICH PROJECT

For immediate release: September 8, 2020

Media Advisory: Environmental Defence presents A “Night-In” with Eco-Justice Warriors event 

Toronto, Ont. – On Thursday, September 10, 2020, Environmental Defence and The ENRICH Project are hosting A “Night-In” with Eco-Justice Warriors, a fundraising event to learn and reflect on two interconnecting crises – structural racism and ecological destruction. The event will delve into industrial catastrophes in rural Canada that have been precisely placed – all in remote, low income and very often Indigenous or Black communities – proving that your postal code can determine your health.

The keynote speaker for the event is Dr. Ingrid Waldron, associate professor at Dalhousie University, Director of The ENRICH Project and author of There’s Something in the Water, which focuses on the health effects of environmental racism in African Nova Scotian, Mi’kmaw, and immigrant communities. This book was turned into a documentary titled There’s Something in the Water directed by Ellen Page and is currently available to watch on Netflix, Apple TV, and Amazon Prime Video. The keynote will be followed by a Q&A with many of the women featured in the documentary as they tell their stories on overcoming environmental racism in Canada. 

WHAT: A “Night-In” with Eco-Justice Warriors: Meet the women on the frontlines of environmental racism

WHEN: September 10, 2020 at 6:30-8:30 p.m. EDT

WHERE: virtual event – media passes available, please email sjamal@environmentaldefence.ca to register

SPOKESPEOPLE: 

  • Tim Gray, Executive Director, Environmental Defence
  • Dr. Ingrid Waldron, Director, The ENRICH Project
  • Michelle Francis Denny, Member of Pictou Landing First Nation as well as the community liaison for the Boat Harbour Remediation Project
  • Dorene Bernard, a Mi’kmaq Grassroots Grandmother and Water Protector of the Sipekne’katik Band in Mi’kmak’i
  • Vanessa Hartley, an 8th generation Black Loyalist descendant from Shelburne, Nova Scotia and a community support worker in Shelburne
  • Lenore Zann, Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester in Nova Scotia  

ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian advocacy organization that works with government, industry and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate and healthy communities.

ABOUT THE ENRICH PROJECT (enrichproject.org): The Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities & Community Health (ENRICH) Project is a collaborative community-based research and engagement project on environmental racism in Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotian communities.

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For more information or to request an interview with one of the speakers, please contact:

Sarah Jamal, Environmental Defence, sjamal@environmentaldefence.ca, 905-921-7786