Lunch and Learn: The Youth of Aamjiwnaang Confront Chemical Valley’s Toxic Legacy


July 9, 12:00-2:30pm 

Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre

190 Westmount Rd. North, St. Paul’s College, University of Waterloo

Ten years ago, a health report surfaced that showed two girls were being born for every boy in Aamjiwnaang First Nation due to toxic chemicals emanating from industry in Chemical Valley. The news made international headlines and shamed the Canadian government. Since that time, more refineries have been built, more pipelines have spilled, and the community continues to have inadequate research and information on the scale of contamination in the air, lands, and waters belonging to them.

WPIRG & the Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre are proud to host a community lunch and talk by youth members of Aamjiwnaang, Vanessa and Lindsay Gray. The two sisters have been active members of the youth-led ecological protection group ASAP (Aamjiwnaang + Sarnia Against Pipelines), which has participated in community activism around the issue of Indigenous land and environmental rights, including speaking tours, petitions, lawsuits, rallies, blockades, scientific testing, and built networks of supporters to help share the story of what is happening to our lands, and our people.

Student, faculty, and staff members from the University of Waterloo community, as well as everyone from Waterloo Region, are invited to join us to host Vanessa and Lindsay for a lunch in the WAEC space at St. Paul’s, and hear from them directly their story and the ways that Waterloo can support their struggle for health, justice, and a better future.