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There’s Something In the Water: screening and discussion with Dorene Bernard

November 2, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Guest Speaker: Dorene Bernard
Dorene Bernard is a grassroots grandmother from the Sipekne’katik band in Mi’kmak’i. She is a water protector, water walker, and survivor of the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School. Her background is in Aboriginal Social Work where she had worked for 20 years in Child Welfare and Community Support for Residential School Survivors. She was the Coady International Institute Chair in Social Justice 2017, sharing her teachings on Environmental Racism, Climate Justice, Residential School legacy and social justice issues, including child welfare, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women/Girls, Climate Justice and Water teachings, inspired and mentored by the late Grandmother Josephine Mandamin, Mother Earth Water Walker. She is featured with other grassroots grandmothers and water protectors in the Environmental Racism documentary on Netflix, There’s Something in the Water, produced by Ellen Page and Ian Daniel.

This event is to be aligned with Bonnie’s course Water and Environmental Justice (Tuesdays from 3-5 pm, New College, University of Toronto).

Event Description:
Dorene Bernard will discuss her work with the film There’s Something in the Water, and her wider experiences as a water protector and water walker working to protect and learn from water. There will be an opportunity for the class to screen the film in advance, and to ask Dorene Bernard their questions.



November 2, 2021
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm