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Panel: There’s Something in the Water

May 7, 2020 - -

Panel: There’s Something in the Water with Dorene Bernard, Louise Delisle, Michelle Francis-Denny and Ingrid Waldron

Thursday, May 7 at 1:30pm by Zoom. To register for the event and receive the Zoom link and pass code for the event (+ a $5 discount on the book, There’s Something in the Water, from Fernwood), email Tracy at

Following the anticipated release of the film, There’s Something in the Water, by Ellen Page and Ian Daniel, St. Thomas University’s School of Social Work’s class, Organizing for Action with Diverse Groups, invites you to join us for a panel discussion with the stars of the film. The film is currently available for viewing on Netflix. Watch the trailer here:


Dorene Bernard is a Mi’kmaq grandmother, water protector and water walker with the grassroots movement, Stop Alton Gas. A survivor of the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School, Doreen’s 20+ years as a social worker focused on Indigenous child welfare and community support with survivors and families of the Shubenacadie Indian Residential School. As the Coady International Institute Chair in Social Justice in 2017, she educated people on environmental racism, climate justice, and missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Louise Delisle is with the South End Environmental Injustice Society (SEED), author of Back Talk, Plays of Black Experience and founder of the Black Pioneers Acting Troupe. With SEED, Louise has organized for an environmental bill of rights and for clean up of a dump and safe drinking water for the black community in Shelburne, N.S.

Michelle Francis-Denny is the Community Liaison with Boat Harbour Remediation Project for Pictou Landing First Nation. Pictou Landing First Nation worked with allies to pressure the Nova Scotia government to pass the Boat Harbour Act, which put an end to the Northern Pulp mill in Pictou County using Boat Harbour as an effluent treatment facility.

Dr. Ingrid Waldron is a sociologist and author of There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities, Director of Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities & Community Health Project (ENRICH) and Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University. Dr. Waldron’s scholarship is driven by a long-standing interest in looking at the many ways in which spaces and places are organized by structures of colonialism and gendered racial capitalism.