Environmental Racism and the Law
Environmental racism occurs when a law, policy, or practice differently affects or disadvantages individuals, groups, or communities based on race or colour, often resulting in a lowered quality of life for those persons. This webinar will explore the topic of environmental racism and identify how it manifests in the Canadian and Manitoban contexts.
Chief Heidi Cook of Misipawistik Cree Nation (Grand Rapids, Manitoba) is interested in the protection of lands and waters, understanding and strengthening Treaty relationships, cultural teachings and ceremonies, and living a good life. Heidi served as a Councillor for Misipawastik Cree Nation for six years, until she was elected Chief in July 2020. Prior to her time as an elected official, Heidi worked with the Misipawistik Cree Nation in areas of land use, planning, and management.
Dr. Bruce McIvor, is Principal of First Peoples Law Corporation, a law firm dedicated to negotiating and litigating on behalf of Indigenous Peoples across Canada, in the interests of protecting Aboriginal title, Aboriginal rights, and Treaty rights. Bruce is a proud Metis from Manitoba, an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Allard School of Law, a Fulbright Scholar, and the author of First Peoples Law: Essays in Canadian Law and Decolonization.