Environmental Racism

Discussion Questions

  1. How does Waldron define environmental racism? Why does she say that environmental racism is not well understood in Canada?
  2. Why is environmental racism connected to settler colonialism in Canadian history?
  3. In what ways do the experiences of the families of Africville reflect some of Waldron’s arguments about environmental racism?
  4. What are some examples of inequitable exposures to environmental harms and lack of access to environmental services/amenities in the case of the history of Africville?
  5. In the 1960s, how did the mayor of Halifax justify the relocation of the residents of Africville?
  6. How can history help us to understand environmental racism in Canada?