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Toronto: Theatre Passe Muraille presents “Environmental Racism”, a panel discussion on issues raised by “The Chemical Valley Project” on April 15

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Why don't the First Nations of this land have clean drinking water? Why are many First Nations reserves adjacent to some of Canada’s most toxic sites? Join us on Monday April 15th to hear our expert panel discuss their perspectives on environmental (in)justice and reconciliation. Panelists include:

• Andrea Bastien, Indigenous Climate Action

• Mike De Souza, Managing Editor, National Observer

• Andrea Bastien, Indigenous Climate Action

• Bob Rae, Senior Counsel, OKT Law

• Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

• More panelists to be announced!

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The Preamble:

On Wednesday, April 10 at 6:45PM we have another instalment of Preamble.  What is The Preamble? This free pre-show program features Artistic Director Andy McKim in conversation with an artist from the play, or a local expert, to talk about the way in which that piece of theatre is contributing to a broader conversation. In this instalment Andy is joined by Chief Stacey Laforme, the elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN), to discuss the themes in The Chemical Valley Project.

A Theatre Passe Muraille and Broadleaf Theatre Presentation
The Chemical Valley Project
April 4-20, 2019 at Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace

Located in Sarnia, Ontario, the Aamjiwnaang First Nations reserve and its 900 residents are smothered by one of Canada’s largest petrochemical corridors: the Chemical Valley. Siblings Vanessa Gray and Lindsay Beze Gray have dedicated their lives to fighting the pollution that threatens their community’s health, safety, and future.

Theatre makers and friends Julia Howman and Kevin Matthew Wong document Vanessa and Lindsay’s vital activism and journeys as land defenders and water protectors. Through an innovative blend of projection design, object puppetry, and a warm solo-performance by Kevin Matthew Wong (Honourable Mention for Theatre Centre’s Emerging Artist Award, SummerWorks 2017), The Chemical Valley Project seeks to spark conversations on Canadian environmental policy, treaty rights and Indigenous relations, as well as the current nature of Canadian identity and values.

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Photo: Kevin Matthew Wong. © 2019 Graham Isador.