Event Poster: Aboriginal Environmental Activism

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Event Poster: Aboriginal Environmental Activism

  1. 1. The Indigenous Education Network Presents: Environmental Activism and Aboriginal Peoples with a screening of the film Toxic TrespassWho: Ron Plain, Environmental Policy Analyst for the Southern First Nation Secretariat, and amember of Aamjiwnaang First Nation.Who: Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg, MES, PhD, Executive Producer, Toxic TrespassWhere: OISE Library, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ONWhen: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. “I am not an Environmentalist, I am Aanishinaabe. My reverence for Mother Earth is not a conscious decision, rather it is a genetic predetermination.” Ron Plain. Toxic Trespass is a compelling film on childrens health and the environment. It reveals a startling birth rate problem in Aamjiwnaang First nations that officials just cant ignore. It investigates the growing evidence that we are conducting a large-scale toxicological experiment on our children.Bio: To understand Ron Plain is to understand activism. Ron comes from a family of activists andcommunity leaders dating back to contact. Ron formed a community environment committee thateventually became a standing committee of Aamjiwnaang Chief and Council. As Chair of thiscommittee Ron steered the committee and community into international media attention.Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia’s Chemical Valley have been the focus of 11 documentaries and featurelength news pieces, Currently Ron is the Environmental Policy Analyst for the Southern FirstNations Secretariat, the Tribal Council for the 7 First Nation communities of SW-Ontario and ison faculty at Trent University’s Indigenous Environmental Studies program.Bio: Dorothy Goldin Rosenberg holds a Masters in Environmental Studies (York University)and a PhD (University of Toronto). An education and film consultant, she researches, writes andspeaks on environmental health, equality, social, economic and environmental justice, peace andenergy issues. She has worked with the National Film Board, school boards, non-governmentalorganizations, health professional and policy groups on these issues.As Canada’s largest and most influential faculty of education OISE is a leader in Aboriginal education and is amongthe first Canadian faculties of education to prioritize Aboriginal values and educational research following the signingof the Accord on Indigenous Education by the Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE) in June 2010.

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