The Social Justice Institute
Noted Scholars Lecture Series
Dr. Sarah Wiebe
“Everyday Exposure: Indigenous Mobilization and Environmental Justice in Canada’s Chemical Valley”
February 15, 12pm – 1pm
Room 028, Jack Bell Building
2080 West Mall, UBC
This event is free and open to the public. RSVP’s are not required to attend, only encouraged.
Abstract: Everyday Exposure uncovers systemic injustices near the Ontario-Michigan border, where Canada’s densest concentration of chemical manufacturing surrounds the Aamjiwnaang First Nation. Living in this polluted hotspot, members of this community express concern about their environmental and reproductive health. By examining the problems that Canada’s conflicting levels of jurisdiction pose for the creation of environmental justice policy and analyzing clashes between Indigenous and scientific knowledge, this book argues that social and political change requires an experiential and transformative “sensing policy” approach.
This event is co-sponsored by the Ecologies of Social Difference research network.
Based at the University of Victoria, Dr. Sarah Marie Wiebe is a Research Affiliate with the Centre for Global Studies POLIS project and holds a joint teaching appointment in the Department of Political Science and School of Public Administration. At the nexus of environmental justice and citizen engagement, her teaching and research interests focus on political ecology, participatory policy making, arts-based storytelling methodologies and deliberative policy dialogue. As a collaborative researcher and filmmaker, she has collaborated with Indigenous communities on several sustainability-themed films. www.sarahmariewiebe.com