Speaking for Ourselves: Environmental Justice in Canada

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Environmental justice as a concept has evolved over the past two decades to offer new, challenging directions for social movements, public policy, and public planning. Researchers worldwide now position social equity as a building block for sustainability. Yet the relationship between social equity and the environmental aspects of sustainability has been little considered in Canada, particularly in studies and discussions focused primarily on the environment.

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Overview

Environmental justice as a concept has evolved over the past two decades to offer new, challenging directions for social movements, public policy, and public planning. Researchers worldwide now position social equity as a building block for sustainability. Yet the relationship between social equity and the environmental aspects of sustainability has been little considered in Canada, particularly in studies and discussions focused primarily on the environment.

Speaking for Ourselves draws together scholars and activists - Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, established and new - who bring equity issues to the forefront by considering environmental justice in specifically Canadian cases and contexts and from a variety of perspectives, including those of First Nations and women. The contributors expand notions of justice and the concepts involved in environmental justice beyond their European origins and limits to demonstrate new ways of working toward environmental sustainability and social justice.

This innovative, engaging collection gives a voice to multiple perspectives on environmental justice and its construction in Canada. As the first major examination of the multidimensionality of environmental equity and injustice, it will appeal to scholars across a wide range of disciplines in the social and environmental sciences and to activists and citizens who want to make Canadian society more just and sustainable.

University of Washington Press

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David Pellow
Speaking for Ourselves is one of the most important books I have read in a long time. It has profoundly shaped my thinking about the scholarly and political work being done on environmental justice issues and about the world we live in and share with other beings.... This book will extend the fields of environmental justice studies and indigenous studies in new and productive ways.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780774816199
  • Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2010
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Julian Agyeman is a professor in and chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. Peter Cole is an associate professor of Aboriginal and Northern Studies at the University College of the North. Randolph Haluza-DeLay is an assistant professor of sociology at King’s University College. Pat O’Riley is an associate professor in the Department of Equity Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies at York University.

University of Washington Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Prologue. Notes from Prison: Protecting Algonquin Lands from Uranium Mining Robert Lovelace ix

Introduction. Speaking for Ourselves, Speaking Together: Environmental Justice in Canada Randolph Haluza-DeLay Pat O'Riley Peter Cole Julian Agyeman 1

1 Honouring Our Relations: An Anishnaabe Perspective on Environmental Justice Deborah McGregor 27

2 Reclaiming Ktaqamkuk: Land and Mi'kmaq Identity in Newfoundland Bonita Lawrence 42

3 Why Is There No Environmental Justice in Toronto? Or Is There? Roger Keil Melissa Ollevier Erica Tsang 65

4 Invisible Sisters: Women and Environmental Justice in Canada Barbara Rahder 81

5 The Political Economy of Environmental Inequality: The Social Distribution of Risk as an Environmental Injustice S. Harris Ali 97

6 These Are Lubicon Lands: A First Nation Forced to Step into the Regulatory Gap Chief Bernard Ominayak Kevin Thomas 111

7 Population Health, Environmental Justice, and the Distribution of Diseases: Ideas and Practices from Canada John Eyles 123

8 Environmental Injustice in the Canadian Far North: Persistent Organic Pollutants and Arctic Climate Impacts Sarah Fleisher Trainor Anna Godduhn Lawrence K. Duffy F. Stuart Chapin III David C. Natcher Gary Kofinas Henry P. Huntington 144

9 Environmental Justice and Community-Based Ecosystem Management Maureen G. Reed 163

10 Framing Environmental Inequity in Canada: A Content Analysis of Daily Print News Media Leith Deacon Jamie Baxter 181

11 Environmental Justice as a Politics in Place: An Analysis of Five Canadian Environmental Groups' Approaches to Agro-Food Issues Lorelei L. Hanson 203

12 Rethinking "Green" Multicultural Strategies Beenash Jafri 219

13 Coyote and Raven Talk about Environmental Justice Pat O'Riley Peter Cole 233

Contributors 253

Index 259

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