Wednesday, July 30, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Join this free one-hour teleconference to hear how residents of Aamjiwnaang First Nation, an Aanishinaabek community located near Canada’s “Chemical Valley” near Sarnia, Ontario have been exposed to a range of harmful pollutants from the 63 petrochemical refineries that surround it. The community has an alarmingly low number of baby boys being born: since the early 1990s, the number of boys born dropped from a normal ratio of roughly half of all births to a skewed ratio of two girls born for every boy. Researchers suspect the change may be caused by exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Join Ron Plain, founder of the Aamjiwnaang Environment Committee as he shares cultural impacts on citizens living on Aamjiwnaang, the research that opened the community’s eyes, and current arguments to hold the Government and industry accountable for the cumulative impacts of the pollution. A sought after Lecturer, Ron has spoken around the world on the impacts of industry, contamination and encroachment on Indigenous cultures and people. Sponsored by the Alaska Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE-Alaska). Sign up online or call Alaska Community Action on Toxics at (907) 222-7714 to receive the dial-up instructions.