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Walk and Talk - Race, Place & Space with Dr. Ingrid Waldron

  • Halifax North Memorial Public Library 2285 Gottingen Street Halifax, NS, B3K 3B7 Canada (map)


Join on March 2nd for a conversation with Dr. Ingrid Waldron on Race, Place & Space. Ingrid Waldron, PhD. is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Health at Dalhousie University, the Director of the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities & Community Health Project (The ENRICH Project), and the Co-Chair of Dalhousie’s Black Faculty & Staff Caucus. Dr. Waldron’s scholarship is driven by a long-standing interest in looking at the many ways in which spaces and places are organized by structures of colonialism and gendered racial capitalism. Her research, teaching, and community leadership and advocacy work are examining and addressing the relationship between state violence and health outcomes in Indigenous, Black, immigrant, refugee, and other racialized communities in Nova Scotia and Canada.

After the discussion, we will be taking the bus to Shubie Park in Dartmouth to have a quick debrief session to see how YOU can make a difference in the community!

Dr. Ingrid Waldron's presentation is titled: Mapping Racial Geographies of Violence in Rural and Urban Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian Communities

Meeting Location: Halifax North Memorial Library
Meeting Time: 12:00 pm
Duration: ~5:00 hours (2 hours for discussion/ 3 hours for walk)
Level: Easy
What to Bring: Warm clothing and snacks and an open attitude.

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Dr. Waldron’s study North End Matters: Examining the Social Determinants of Health in the African Nova Scotian Community in the North End examines gentrification as a social determinant of health. The ENRICH Project is investigating the socio-economic and health effects of environmental racism in Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities.

Her first book There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities was released in April 2018 by Fernwood Publishing.

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How do socially constructed ideologies about race, class, gender, and other social identities shape the constitution and perception of space? How are these ideologies spatialized in rural and urban settings in Nova Scotia? How is the spatial organization of Indigenous and Black bodies enabled through boundary-making practices supported by policy and law?

Using her studies on gentrification in the North End of Halifax and environmental racism in Nova Scotia, Dr. Ingrid Waldron will use a spatial analysis to discuss the symbolic and material ways in which the complex geographies of Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian communities have been characterized by domination, erasure, dehumanization, destruction, dispossession, exploitation, and genocide. In characterizing space as a socially constructed and highly contested product and idea bound up in political, cultural, and economic meanings, Waldron argues that race must be a fundamental analytical entry point for understanding the racialized workings of spatial violence in urban and rural contexts. Spatial violence manifests in a number of ways: in the theft of Indigenous lands; in the formation of neighbourhoods segregated by race, income, and class; in so-called “neighbourhood revitalization projects” that gentrify low-income racialized areas by bringing in businesses and housing that ultimately push out long-term residents; and in the disproportionate placement of polluting industries and other environmentally dangerous projects in Indigenous and other racialized communities.

Dr. Waldron will discuss how discriminatory practices in housing and lending, school district boundaries, transit design, zoning regulations, and policing all play a role in relegating people to different geographical and physical locations where they experience varying levels of exclusion and inclusion based on race and other social identities. These practices influence our opportunities to access and acquire such goods and resources as home ownership, good education, and clean and good quality air, water, land, and food. They also shed light on the structural inequalities deeply embedded in provincial and local governments’ decisions related to housing and other public infrastructure issues, such as where we put our highways, our streets, and our waste in and out of cities. Finally, they highlight the ways in which industry owners carve out “spatialities of profit” that ultimately lead to possession, dispossession, and displacement.