What does Environmental Justice mean to Indigenous Peoples? When is Environmental Justice achieved? How can Environmental Injustice be addressed? The Indigenous Environmental Justice Project is a 5-year SSHRC project based out of York University. Last May (May 2016), we hosted a symposium in which activists, elders, artists, youth, academics and community members met to discuss environmental justice.
In the coming year, we will be holding a series of speaking events, which intend to further explore the concept of environmental justice from the perspective of Indigenous women.
Mission Statement: Our hope is that the IEJ project website will be a resource for community members, students, activists and scholars. Through the website, we intend to offer support to communities currently fighting an environmental injustice; to provide resources to teachers or schools that are interested in educating their students about the concept of environmental justice; and to create a place for inclusive dialogue on how to move toward greater justice.
Respecting the Caretakers of the Land
Over many centuries, Indigenous nations have co-existed on lands which now contain York University. These relationships, both among nations and the lands and waters that support them, continue to have importance to this day. As such, this project will acknowledge and respect the ancestors and current caretakers of these territories: The Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Anishinaabek Nation; the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Huron-Wendat and the Metis Nation.