"We Are All Treaty People" Strawbale House Resisting Alton Gas (photo by Sadie Beaton)

Peace, Friendship and Environmental Justice: The Alton Gas Resistance

https://soundcloud.com/sadie-beaton/peace-friendship-and-environmental-justice "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 … Continue reading Peace, Friendship and Environmental Justice: The Alton Gas Resistance


Toxic Legacy: Setting a Context for Environmental Racism in Nova Scotia

https://soundcloud.com/sadie-beaton/ep2-shadesofgreenv2 Why are there so many garbage dumps close to African Nova Scotian communities? Why do Mi'kmaq communities experience food insecurity on their unceded territory? Who defines what counts as environmental racism? The roots of environmental racism run pretty deep in Nova Scotia.  About 500 years deep. On this episode of Shades of Green, we … Continue reading Toxic Legacy: Setting a Context for Environmental Racism in Nova Scotia

What is the environment and where is the justice?

https://soundcloud.com/sadie-beaton/what-is-the-environment-and-where-is-the-justice What is environmentalism? What do we mean when we talk about “the environment” here on unceded Mi'kmaq territory? Who defines what's included in that meaning, and what's left out?  At Shades of Green, these juicy questions have led to... well, more questions. The Canadian Encyclopedia tells us that the environmental movement got started in the … Continue reading What is the environment and where is the justice?

Silver Donald Cameron

One of Canada's most versatile, experienced and busy, professional authors, Dr. Silver Donald Cameron is the Host and Executive Producer of TheGreenInterview.com, an environmental website devoted to in-depth conversations with thinkers and activists who are leading the way to a sustainable future. Interviewees have included green giants like Vandana Shiva, Farley Mowat, Robert Bateman, Jane … Continue reading Silver Donald Cameron

Catherine Martin and Natalie Clifford, pt 1

A member of Millbrook First Nation in Truro, Catherine Martin is an independent film producer, director, writer, facilitator, communications consultant, community activist, teacher, drummer, and the first female Mi’kmaw filmmaker from the Atlantic region. She also holds the Nancy's Chair in Women's Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University. Catherine’s daughter Natalie Clifford is a lawyer … Continue reading Catherine Martin and Natalie Clifford, pt 1


Hello and Welcome! This website is here to share an exploration of "environmental justice" in Nova Scotia, part of the unceded territory of Mi'kma'ki. This exploration is part of a case study being compiled as part of, Community Conservation Research Network (CCRN) case study at Ecology Action Centre (EAC), a non-governmental environmental organization (ENGO) based in Halifax, … Continue reading WELCOME TO SHADES OF GREEN

Mark Leeming

Mark Leeming is an historian, born in Pictou County, Nova Scotia and holds degrees from StFX, McMaster and Dalhousie. He is a recent SSHRC postdoctoral fellow through Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he studied the intellectual history of radical environmental ethics. He has published on the history of environmental protest music, on anti-nuclear activism and … Continue reading Mark Leeming

Aaron Ward

Aaron Ward holds a law degree from Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law, sits on the board of the Ecology Action Centre, and also sat on the board of directors of the East Coast Environmental Law Association until 2015, after which he took on a staff role. The East Coast Environmental Law Association, or ECELAW, is … Continue reading Aaron Ward