Class Actions: Tools for Environmental Justice? Drinking Water in Indigenous Communities
Panel Discussion October 27, 1230-2 p.m. via Zoom
Join the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinic for a panel discussion on the potential to use class actions as a tool to achieve environmental justice. The panel will consider the ongoing class action launched by several First Nations to address the lack of safe drinking water on reserves across Canada. The panel will include class counsel Justice Harry LaForme and Kevin Hille from Olthius, Kleer, Townshend LLP, and representative plaintiff Chris Moonias of Neskantaga First Nation in discussion with Professor Deborah McGregor, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice. They will share the background of the case, explain the ongoing legal process, and set out some of the challenges and opportunities of using class actions to address environmental injustice.
This event is co-sponsored by the York Research Chair in Environmental Law & Justice in the Green Economy, The Indigenous Environmental Justice Project and the Center for Indigenous Knowledges and Languages.