Shades of Green
About This Show
Welcome to Shades of Green, a podcast exploring environmental justice from unceded Mi’kmaq territory.
This series features a variety of amazing voices -- including Lincolnville resident James Desmond, MSVU Nancy’s Chair El Jones, frontline Mi’kmaq activists Barbara Low, Madonna Bernard, Paula Isaac and Michelle Paul, Order of Canada recipient Catherine Martin, Africville descendent and teacher Jaden Dixon, Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, Sipekne’katik District War Chief Jim Maloney, archeologist and ethnographer Roger Lewis, and environmental justice researchers Dr. Cheryl Teelucksingh, Dr. Carolyn Finney, Dr. Julian Agyeman, and Dr. Ingrid Waldron, amongst others.
Shades of Green was made possible by countless people engaged in thinking about and fighting for environmental justice in Mi'kma'ki, across Turtle Island and Beyond. It has been supported by Ecology Action Centre and the Community Conservation Research Network.
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Most Recent Episode
Peace Friendship and Environmental Justice: On the Alton Gas Resistance
"We are all Treaty people". It's a phrase we're hearing more often these days. But what does it really mean, here in Mi'kma'ki? And what does it have to do with environmental justice?
Most settlers don't think about the Treaties much. Even here in unceded Mi'kmaq territory, many of us imagine them as one-time transactions in the deep past. However, as we'll hear in this episodes of Shades of Green, many Mi'kmaq rights holders understand the Peace and Friendship Treaties as sacred, living agreements. As Sipekne’katik District Warrior Chief Jim Maloney puts it: “I agree that we are a treaty people, and I have heard the Premier say that. His Treaty is on paper. My Treaty is on land. My tracks on my ground: that’s my signature, not on a piece of paper.”
In this episode of Shades of Green, we spend time with frontline Water Protectors resisting the Alton Gas project at the Truckhouse and Treaty Camp along the banks of the Sipekne'katik River. Alton Gas is proposing to dump massive quantities of mined salt waste into the river, which would pose serious risks to the river ecosystem along with the health, livelihoods and rights of Mi’kmaw communities. Water Protector and Treaty Scholar Michelle Paul sums up what has brought folks to the front lines: "There is no recipe for water. It is that simple. When water is gone that's it. From water is life, and without water there is no life."
This Mi'kmaw-led resistance has asserted the Peace and Friendship Treaties in ways that are at once spiritual, political, and deeply practical. As Kukuwes Wowkis describes, "Last year when we built the Truckhouse seven of us from seven different districts threw our eel traps in the water. So right there, Alton Gas had to stop what they were doing with the brine because in our treaties, it’s our right to hunt and fish wherever we feel we can do that on Mi’kmaw territory.”
We hope you’ll tune into episode three of our Shades of Green podcast series, “Peace, Friendship and Environmental Justice." Join us at the treaty camp to get a taste of what it's like on the front lines of a movement that is so much bigger than stopping a single project. Let's listen and reflect on what what stopping a natural gas storage project has to do with Indigenous self-determination, how the Peace and Friendship Treaties might help us understand how to build just relationships with the land and each other, and what it means to be a Treaty person.
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Episodes of This Show
Aug 29, 2016
Rated 5 out of
Insightful and needed exploration!
I'm impressed and looking forward to future episodes. Great job, everyone!
Date published: 2018-02-01