Scholars and Indigenous peoples to talk environmental justice at York U symposium


TORONTO, May 25, 2016 –Environmental justice (or injustice) issues underlie many of the environmental challenges Indigenous peoples in Canada face daily, but proposed solutions seldom include their voices. To help change that, York University is bringing scholars and Indigenous peoples together Thursday to talk about environmental justice issues and the policies and laws needed to address them from an Indigenous perspective.

The Indigenous Environmental Justice Knowledge Sharing Symposium will include the voices and experiences of Indigenous peoples as they engage directly in knowledge-sharing to help participants better understand the core concepts of Indigenous environmental justice.

“Canadian conceptions and practices of justice have routinely failed, and continue to fail, Indigenous peoples,” says organizer Deborah McGregor of the Faculty of Environmental Studies and Osgoode Hall Law School. “Environmental justice is no exception.”

Environmental justice usually pertains to the inequitable distribution of the costs and benefits of environmental degradation. In Canada, it is a constant undercurrent for most environmental challenges faced by Indigenous peoples.

The symposium will look at the following questions:

  • What does environmental justice mean in Canada and what are the necessary criteria to achieve it?
  • What is the role of Indigenous law, justice and knowledge in understanding Indigenous environmental justice?

For a list of speakers and topics, click here.

WHAT: Indigenous Environmental Justice Knowledge Sharing Symposium

WHEN: Thursday, May 26 from 9am to 7:30pm

WHERE: Helliwel Centre, Ignat Kaneff Building, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Keele campus (building 32 on map)

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