Environmental Racism: Photo Essay of Aamjiwnaang First Nation
Photos and text by: Nicole Sullivan
These photos are inspired by a situation that was documented in a 2007 report issued by Ecojustice, previously Sierra Legal. The report outlines the high amount of air pollution in “Canada’s Chemical Valley” (Sarnia, Ontario) as a result of several neighbouring industrial buildings. According to the news release on the Ecojustice report, “there are 62 large industrial facilities within 25 kilometres of the City of Sarnia and adjacent Aamjiwnaang First Nation reserve. In 2005, these facilities released more than 131,000 tonnes of air pollution – a toxic load of more than 1,800 kilograms per Sarnia and Aamjiwnaang resident”. The Ecojustice report indicates that health of Aamjiwnaang residents are suffering health problems from the industrial chemical toxins.