Join us in calling on the Senate to pass Bill C-226.
Environmental racism occurs when environmental policies or practices intentionally or unintentionally result in disproportionate negative impacts on Indigenous and racialized individuals, groups or communities. Too often, Canadian environmental law and policy fail to prevent this from occurring. It’s a gap that must be addressed with clear legislative requirements and accountability mechanisms.
The National Strategy Respecting Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice Act would require the federal government to establish a national strategy to assess, prevent and address environmental racism and advance environmental justice. The House of Commons passed Bill C-226 in March 2023, but the Senate still needs to approve it before it becomes law.
We’re promoting this petition in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, West Coast Environmental Law and other partners.
We’ll submit it to the Senate standing committee on energy, the environment and natural resources, Sen. Mary Jane McCallum (the bill’s sponsor) and other senators.