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At The Edge Of Canada: Indigenous Research

For the first show of the Sum­mer Sea­son, our guest is Dr. Sarah Wiebe, CIHR Post­doc­tor­al Research Fel­low in the School of Pop­u­la­tion and Pub­lic Health at the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Colum­bia. We dis­cuss Dr. Wiebe’s new book from UBC Press — Every­day Expo­sure: Indige­nous Mobi­liza­tion and Envi­ron­men­tal Jus­tice in Canada’s Chem­i­cal Val­ley. –Every­day Expo­sure– is an incred­i­bly impor­tant and intel­li­gent book about the polit­i­cal assem­blages and lay­ers of biopow­er that are at work to allow for resource extrac­tion com­pa­nies to build pol­lut­ing fac­to­ries and plants so close to cities and reserves, specif­i­cal­ly in Chem­i­cal Val­ley which is with­in the munic­i­pal­i­ty of Sar­nia and direct­ly beside Aamji­w­naang First Nation. Dr. Wiebe s work is descrip­tive rather than pre­scrip­tive in its the­o­ret­i­cal approach, inves­ti­gat­ing polit­i­cal the­o­ries of gov­ern­men­tal­i­ty, set­tler colo­nial­ism, civic/​provincial/​federal/​international biopol­i­tics, and the con­tra­dic­to­ry and del­i­cate rela­tion­ship between Indige­nous health and sov­er­eign­ty and provin­cial pol­i­cy on resource-based eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment. This book is essen­tial read­ing for any­one inter­est­ed in how Chem­i­cal Val­ley can exist in Cana­da in 2017.