The Indigenous Environmental Justice Project (IEJ) at York University has been working collaboratively with Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Environmental Studies to develop knowledge and engagement on environmental and Indigenous justice and injustice.
During this process, which began in May 2016, the project has created four video vignettes that include contributions from and collaboration with Indigenous activists, youth, artists, grandmothers and elders who shared their stories and experiences with the project.
The four videos are: Why IEJ Matters; Understanding IEJ; What is Environmental Injustice; and Taking Action. The videos were designed to be a resource for students, community members, activists and scholars, with the goal of working toward creating a better understanding of environmental justice as a concept that is grounded in Indigenous world views.
The videos aim to inform concepts of justice through the lived experiences of Indigenous people and create more conversations on how to move forward toward greater justice.
Participants in the project included: the Canada Research Chair Program, Osgoode Hall Law School, the Faculty of Environmental Studies, Deborah McGregor, Jason Jenkins, Nasreen Hussain, Meagan Dellavilla, Nicole Latulippe and Salisha Purushuttam.
About The Indigenous Environmental Justice Project
The Indigenous Environmental Justice Project is a five-year Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council-funded initiative based out of York University that aims to develop a distinctive EJ framework informed by Indigenous knowledge systems, laws, concepts of justice and the lived experiences of Indigenous Peoples.
Story developed by Nasreen Hussain, MES student and research assistant for IEJ