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The film captures the voices of Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian community members who share their stories and struggles against environmental racism in their communities. The documentary reveals the thoughts and fears of members of these communities who talk about not being heard by governments and industries, about how they worry about their health, how angry they are, how powerless they feel.
Using interviews with community members and footage from a series of workshops the ENRICH Project held for residents in communities in Nova Scotia, the film sheds light on the concerns that community members have long had about the links between water, air and soil contaminants and pollutants and chronic diseases, such as cancer and respiratory illness. These communities in Nova Scotia have two things in common. Toxic industries, landfills and waste dumps are situated close to where people live, and the population is predominantly African-Nova Scotian or Mi’kmaw.
A call for justice echoes throughout the film as community members demand more inclusive and equitable government policies and best practice guidelines for community consultations and decision-making processes related to the location of toxic facilities and other environmental hazards.
The film serves as a unique curriculum resource for high school students as it focuses on experiences of environmental racism in both Indigenous and African Canadian communities in Nova Scotia. The resource provides an introduction to the disproportional effects of toxic waste, water contamination, waste disposition, and pollution from the nearby industries. The content is well suited to the high school classroom in a variety of subject areas. More information and resources regarding this environmental racism issue can be found at the website for the Enrich Project.
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