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Learning from Practice: Advocacy for health equity - Environmental racism

This case story describes the experience of the Nova Scotia-based Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities and Community Health (ENRICH) project in advocating against environmental racism that impacts Mi'kmaq and African-Canadian communities.

"Environmental racism refers to the disproportionate location of industrial polluters such as landfills, trash incinerators, coal plants, toxic waste facilities and other environmentally hazardous activities near to communities of colour and the working poor.” (ENRICH project website: http://www.enrichproject.org/)

The ENRICH project uses the range of public health advocacy roles described in Let’s Talk: Advocacy and health equity.

Role 1 Framing the issue of environmental racism in the community and through media advocacy

Role 2 Gathering and disseminating data using a community based research approach to conduct and disseminate research on the causes, effects and solutions to environmental racism

Role 3 Working in collaboration and developing alliances by establishing a multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral project team

Role 4 Using the legal and regulatory system: The ENRICH project team has worked with a sitting politician to submit Bill 111: An Act to Address Environmental Racism in the Nova Scotia Legislature.

Use this resource to:

  • Integrate an advocacy approach into your health equity activities
  • Develop a health equity framework or strategy for your organization
  • Support a conversation in your organization on approaches to address racism and identify potential partners in addressing environmental racism

Reference:

National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. (2017). Learning from Practice: Advocacy for health equity - Environmental racism. Antigonish, NS: National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, St. Francis Xavier University.

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Tags: Aboriginal health , Collaboration, Communicate, Community engagement, Environmental health, Healthy public policy, Intersectoral action, Racism/racialization

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