Re-examining Canada’s Natural Resources Development from an Environmental Justice and Political Ecology Lens

Authors: Wynet Smith*, Bishop's University
Topics: Cultural and Political Ecology, Natural Resources, Canada
Keywords: environmental justice, political ecology, Canada, resource development, Indigenous Peoples
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 5:20 PM / 7:00 PM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
Presentation File: Download


During 2017, Canada marked its 150 anniversary as a nation state. There were wide-spread celebrations but also awareness that this was not a celebration for all Canadians, especially Aboriginal Peoples. There is a need for Canadians to reflect on the historical and current political, economic, social, and cultural basis of our modern nation state. The professor and students of a Geography & Environmental Justice course at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec set out in January 2018 to use existing environmental justice and political ecology frameworks to document examples of environmental injustice in Canada. This project was done seeking to expand upon cases already documented in the International Environment Justice Atlas. These cases represent a cross section of resource development activities, including mining, oil and gas, hydro electricity, pipelines, and legacies of toxic contamination. Through this group project, which will be accompanied by an interactive map, we hope to contribute to a national and international discussion on the need to re-examine Canada’s pride in its on-going resource development economy in a spirit of truth and reconciliation.

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