A Voice for the Voiceless Camp is nestled in St'át'imc (pronounced “STAT-lee-um”) territory in an area long inhabited by the Xwisten (“n-HOY-shten”) community, also known as the Bridge River Band. It’s a beautiful place in the Yalakom Valley, where the trees are tall and the rushing of the Yalakom River heartily replaces the hustle and bustle of the city. As described in this video, the area has long been significant to several First Nations.
Centre Wellington Mayor Kelly Linton. (Township of Centre Wellington)
The CBC is reporting more details about the purchase of the Middlebrook well by bottled water giant Nestle. They interviewed Mayor Kerry Linton of the Township of Centre Wellington about the township’s attempt to purchase the well themselves to secure their municipal water needs in the near future
The article reports: “Nestlé had a conditional offer on the property and was waiting for the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change to give them permission to perform an official pump test – something the company has been waiting on for months. But the offer by Centre Wellington forced their hand – the company had just 20 days to decide if they would waive the conditions and go ahead with the sale.
In the middle of a severe drought in southern Ontario, the bottled water giant Nestle is buying up more groundwater sources and now has permits from the Ontario government to remove a total of over 20 million litres of water per day!
A Canadian Press article reports : “Environmentalists are urging the Ontario government against renewing one of Nestle’s water-taking permits in a southwestern Ontario town, saying “water should be for life, not for profit.” Wellington Water Watchers says the permit for Nestle Waters in Aberfoyle, Ont., expired on July 31, but the company has been allowed to keep extracting water from a local well even in the midst of a severe drought.
The Council of Canadians is calling for justice for Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old man from the Red Pheasant First Nation who was killed earlier this month.
We extend our condolences to his family and mourn the loss of this young man. Boushie had recently earned his firefighting certificate, was a volunteer firefighter, and was planning to attend university next month. He also volunteered his time doing yard work and chopping wood for elders.
CBC reports, "[Boushie] was killed on August 9 on a rural property near Biggar, Sask. Boushie, an Indigenous man, was a passenger in a car with four other people when he was shot. His family says the group was going to ask for help with a flat tire. On [August 18], 54-year-old Gerald Stanley pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder in Boushie's death."