For several years, the East Coast Environmental Law Association has worked in partnership with community groups in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island to faciliate environmental rights working groups in each province. Support from the Catherine Donnelly Foundation made the early stages of the work possible, and the commitment and energy of our community partners enable it to continue.
The Nova Scotia Environmental Rights Working Group ("NSERWG") launched a draft Environmental Bill of Rights for Nova Scotia on April 21st, 2017. At the launch, residents of Harrietsfield, Lincolnville, Pictou Landing First Nation, Shelburne, and Sipekne’katik First Nation gathered to share stories about environmental racism and injustice in their communities, and to explain how an Environmental Bill of Rights could make a difference. As supplements to the draft Environmental Bill of Rights, the NSERWG also launched a series of Community Summaries that illustrate some of the harms that could be put to right if communities had rights to clean air, clean water, and healthy ecosystems.