From boil water advisories, to chemical pollution, to lack of tree cover, Indigenous, Black, and other racialized populations bear the brunt of environmental hazards and have the least access to its benefits. It is critical that the government, and all political parties in Canada, acknowledge and take meaningful steps to redress the harms of environmental racism.
Nature’s benefits are for all, and the negative impacts of pollution on marginalized communities must end. That is why Bill C-226 must be passed without delay.
Bill C-226 will require the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change to:
- Examine the link between race, socio-economic status and environmental risk
- Collect information on environmental hazards and their negative health impacts
- Assess environmental laws in each province
- Improve federal policy to better protect affected communities
Bill C-226 would compel the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to develop a strategy on environmental racism, and require the Minister to regularly report on the current state of it and what’s being done. It will provide an important opportunity to develop proactive policy in the long path toward truth and reconciliation.
The government has committed to tackle systemic racism and recognize the right to a healthy environment for all. Bill C-226 will help hold the government accountable. It is time to pass the bill and begin the long-overdue work to develop and implement a national strategy on environmental racism and environmental justice.
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