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There is Something in the Water

October 13, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Guest Speakers: Ingrid Waldron and Water Protectors: Doreen Bernard & Ducie Howe   

This event is to be aligned with Bonnie McElhinny’s course “Living on the Water” (Tuesday’s 4-6 pm, New College University of Toronto).   

Session Description:

The event will discuss the environmental injustice narrative in Nova Scotia that fails to make race an explicit factor within the experiences of marginalized communities. We invite students and guests to screen the movie in advance via Netflix (if possible) prior to the panel discussion with Dr. Waldron and Doreen Bernard. This panel will facilitate a critical dialogue on issues of settler-colonialism, neo-liberalism and environmental racism in Nova Scotia and within Indigenous territories.   

The Great Lakes Water Works/Water Allies Project (University of Toronto) directed by Dr. Bonnie McElhinny and the Indigenous Environmental Justice Project (York University) led by Dr. Deborah McGregor welcome Dr. Ingrid Waldron, an associate professor from the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University. Waldron is the author of “There Is Something in the Water”, a book turned into a powerful documentary, exposing environmental injustices practiced by the government of Nova Scotia against African Nova Scotians and Mi’kmaq communities. Accompanying Waldron is Doreen Bernard, a Mi’kmaq grassroots Grandmother, residential school survivor and water protector from Indian Brook, Nova Scotia who will share her community’s struggles to protect the water in Mi’qmak territories, demonstrating grassroots initiatives against the poisoning of their people and environments. Ducie Howe will also be a part of the panel who is a Sipekne’katik band member and grassroots elder.   

Zoom link will be available day of the event. Contact: waterallies@utoronto.ca for inquiries.


October 13, 2020
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm