Aamjiwnaang: Living in the shadow of Sarnia’s Chemical Valley – Brantford Expositor

May 10, 2024

A heritage plaque on Sarnia’s Vidal Street, within sight of Aamjiwnaang First Nation, tells a story, says band councillor Darren Henry.

A heritage plaque near Sarnia’s Vidal and Huron streets, within sight of Aamjiwnaang First Nation, tells a story about the Indigenous community’s experience living with refineries and chemical plants, band Coun. Darren Henry says.

The plaque sits in a field across the road from the site of the Polymer synthetic rubber plant Canada built in the 1940s as part of Allied supply efforts during the Second World War.

It marks what for a few decades was the community of Blue Water, which began as temporary housing for workers drawn to help build the rubber plant and eventually became home to more than 2,000 residents until health and safety concerns led to it being disbanded. By 1966, all of Blue Water’s residents had been relocated and today it’s an empty field next to several chemical plants.

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