Shades of Green

Exploring Environmental Justice in Nova Scotia


treaty rights

Alan Knockwood and Wallace Nevin

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to be invited to visit elder Alan Knockwood’s house in Sipeknekatik . Alan Knockwood is an Elder and A Pipe carrier. He is also active as a Human Rights consultant and Historian.

It was a glorious, welcoming place with open doors for pets and kids and family to come and go, which explains some of the background noise you will hear. In fact, Alan’s brother Wallace Nevin just happened to drop by, who just happens to be something of an historian too, and he was generous enough with his time to sit down at the kitchen table and join us. We had a long and free flowing conversation all afternoon. So what I have tried to do for the purposes of our show is piece together some of the highlights of our conversation to give you a sense of perspective about what Alan and Wallace feel is happening in Sipeknekatik, including the imposition of the proposed Alton Gas storage project and how that relates to the struggle to even conceive of a concept of environmental justice.



Catherine Martin and Natalie Clifford, pt 2

Part two of our conversation.

Part one is here.






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 with a specific passion for Aboriginal Law, and the rights and future of First Nations in Canada. She has opened her own firm with a colleague called Clifford Sheils.

This is part one of a two-part conversation.


Kevin Christmas, Jim Maloney and Michelle Paul

Our guests today are Mi’kmaq land defender Michelle Paul, Sipekne’katik Warrior Chief Jim Maloney  and treaty defender Kevin Christmas.

They’ve all been involved in the fight to stop a natural gas storage project that threatens the health of the Shubenacadie River.

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