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UPDATE: The Blue Summit begins!

Maude Barlow and Paul Moist speak

Maude Barlow and Paul Moist speak

Last night the Blue Summit began in fine form in Ottawa.

The evening was hosted by Ginette Gratton of TVRogers and Adrian Harewood of CBC News Ottawa, who shared his own stories about his grandmother’s conservation of water.

There was a blessing and water song by  Elaine Kicknosway from the Minwaashin Lodge, along with her young son; warm opening remarks by Darlene Sanderson, who is an organizer for the Indigenous World Forum on Water and Peace in Bolivia next year; and poetry that captivated everyone by Ritallin.

Summit co-chairs Paul Moist and Maude Barlow were introduced by a student activist from Acadia Water Watch in Nova Scotia, and they then gave their own opening remarks and cut a special ‘Blue Summit’ birthday cake recognizing the first Water Watch summit ten years ago.

And then people – chapter members, staff, CUPE activists, and friends – danced to a great Prince Tribute Band, with theme of ‘Party Like Its 1999!’.

A terrific start to what undoubtedly will be a terrific weekend.

More on the Blue Summit at http://canadians.org/bluesummit/.