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There’s Something in the Water

In “There’s Something In The Water”, Ingrid R. G. Waldron examines the legacy of environmental racism and its health impacts in Indigenous and Black communities in Canada, using Nova Scotia as a case study, and the grassroots resistance activities by Indigenous and Black communities against the pollution and poisoning of their communities.

Using settler colonialism as the overarching theory, Waldron unpacks how environmental racism operates as a mechanism of erasure enabled by the intersecting dynamics of white supremacy, power, state-sanctioned racial violence, neoliberalism and racial capitalism in white settler societies. By and large, the environmental justice narrative in Nova Scotia fails to make race explicit, obscuring it within discussions on class, and this type of strategic inadvertence mutes the specificity of Mi’kmaq and African Nova Scotian experiences with racism and environmental hazards in Nova Scotia. By redefining the parameters of critique around the environmental justice narrative and movement in Nova Scotia and Canada, Waldron opens a space for a more critical dialogue on how environmental racism manifests itself within this intersectional context.

Ingrid R.G. Waldron

Ingrid R. G. Waldron is an associate professor in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University and the Director of the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities & Community Health Project (The ENRICH Project).

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Strategic Inadvertence and Other Shortcomings of the Environmental Justice Lens in Nova Scotia 20 $2.00

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Blurring the Boundaries between Community and the Ivory Tower 16 $1.60

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Indigenous and Black Conquest, Dispossession, and Genocide in Settler-Colonial Nations 16 $1.60

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Mapping Racial Geographies of Violence on the Colonial Landscape 13 $1.30

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The Politics of Race, Place, and Waste in Nova Scotia 23 $2.30

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New Environmental Racism Gets Under the Skin 19 $1.90

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The Fight Against Environmental Racism in Nova Scotia 20 $2.00

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