The International Development Studies Student Association (IDSSA) would like to present their second annual International Development Case Competition in collaboration with the Indigenous Students’ Association (ISA). This year, students will be exploring the Aamjawnaang Reserve Case Study.
The Aamjiwnaang First Nation is an Ojibwe First Nation band government where about 850 Chippewa people have lived for over 300 years. Often referred to as Chemical Vallery, the Aamjiwnaang First Nation is surrounded by by 60 industrial facilities that produce gasoline, synthetic rubbers, and other materials.
Over the years, the quality of life of Aamjiwnaang Reserve has been disrupted in terms of access to food, water, and clean air due to the pollution and toxic waste being produced by its surrounding factories. The provincial government’s position is that, through its own testing and case studies, there are no direct health effects from the surrounding industrial facilities and the health of the peoples living in the reserve.
However, it wasn’t till 2013 that a test performed by a McGill University professor provided direct evidence that their water supply has been contaminated by the petrochemical industry. The Aamjiwnaang First Nation situation is unique because the reserve is surrounded by several refineries and the residents are exposed to different types of chemical emissions simultaneously.
This is a layered and complex case and we’ve identified three key stakeholders in this case study; the Aamjiwnaang First Nation Community, the petrochemical industries in Chemical Valley and the Federal and Provincial Governments. As a group of three to four people, your job will be to act as consultants to each of these stakeholders and fulfil the objectives of each of the advisory committees for a chance to win some cash prizes! Lunch and refreshments will be provided!
We look forward to seeing there!
The IDSSA and ISA Teams!
Saturday, 19 March 2016 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
University of Toronto Scarborough (MW Building) – 1265 Military Trail Toronto, ON M1C 1A4 CA