Unsettling Environmental Review

November 29, 2018

Nigel Haggan

Thursday, November 29, 6:30PM–8:30PM, Room 7000, SFU Harbour Centre

Sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities

The Pipelines and the Poetics of Place project draws a parallel between how lands, waters and lifeways are torn up to distill sand and bitumen into synthetic oil and how project review distills and pipelines the incredible passion and creativity around the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker proposals to dispassionate recommendations. In April 2017, a group of scholars, poets, scientists, artists, Aboriginal leaders and citizens gathered in Vancouver to ask: What values and commitments are lost in translation? What is excluded or under-represented? How might these values and the stories that bring them to life be conveyed to people of all ages, cultural and educational backgrounds? 

The film, Unsettling Environmental Review, focuses on ceremony as a step toward bringing the science and economics that dominate current reviews into conversation with the immeasurable values of love, compassion, gratitude and generosity.


Nigel Haggan grew up between the polite streets of middleclass protestant Belfast, the tidepools of Belfast Lough and the predominantly Roman Catholic borderlands between the N and South of Ireland.  Exposure to diverse cultures, notably work with Aboriginal people, opened his eyes to different ways of understanding and being in the world.  He is assembling a crew to unsettle environmental assessment with the values and commitments of art, Indigenous spirituality, religion and grassroots conservation that reflect love as well as need.