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The concept of environmental justice has offered a new direction for social movements and public policy in recent decades, and researchers worldwide now position social equity as a prerequisite for sustainability. Yet the relationship between social equity and environmental sustainability has been little studied in Canada. Speaking for Ourselves draws together Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal scholars and activists who bring equity issues to the forefront by considering environmental justice from a multiple perspectives and in specifically Canadian contexts.
Julian Agyeman is a professor in and chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University. Peter Cole is an associate professor of Aboriginal and northern studies at the University College of the North. Randolph Haluza-Delay is an assistant professor of sociology at King's University College. Pat O'Riley is an associate professor in the Department of Equity Studies at York University.
"Speaking for Ourselves [...] has profoundly shaped my thinking about the scholarly and political work being done on environmental justice issues and about the world we live in and share with other beings [...] This book will extend the fields of environmental justice studies and indigenous studies in new and productive ways."
– David Pellow, University of California