June 11, 2017

Photo by Julie Picken-Cooper

The Council of Canadians Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Centre Wellington and London chapters were at the Wellington Water Watchers-organized Waterstock gathering in Erin (about 80 kilomtres north-west of Toronto) today.

Centre Wellington chapter activist Diane Ballantyne has posted on Facebook, "It was a spectacular day working with progressive organizations, eating amazing food and listening to some awesome music!"

The promotion for the event highlighted, "Waterstock is the rallying point to send a strong message to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to protect water against corporate control and exploitation. ...Waterstock promises to be a bold, impactful, and historic day full of artisanal food and beverage, music, artistic displays and protest."

June 11, 2017

Photo of the week: The Fredericton and Saint John chapters joined with allies and marched to the Nashwaak River yesterday in opposition to the Energy East pipeline project. The photo is from this Global News video.

Council of Canadians chapters take action for social, economic and environmental justice. Here are some of their activities from this past week:

June 11, 2017

The Council of Canadians Fredericton chapter marched against the proposed Energy East pipeline yesterday afternoon.

Global News reports, "Opposition to the proposed Energy East Pipeline has taken to the streets once again in New Brunswick. A 'Hands Across the Water' event was held Saturday in Fredericton. Organized by the Fredericton chapter of the Council of Canadians, about 100 people marched to the Nashwaak River on the city’s north side."

That news article quotes two chapter activists: Lynaya Astephen (who is with the Saint John chapter) says, “It goes through about 300 waterways in New Brunswick alone and about 800 or so in Quebec. A group of us from New Brunswick actually were in Quebec last week to bring awareness to the pipeline.” And Mark D'Arcy (with the Fredericton chapter) notes, “TransCanada and the governments have not been forthcoming with public meetings. Without proper maps. Without provincial environmental impact assessments."

June 9, 2017

I'm grateful to have had the chance to attend the Indigenous climate summit hosted by the Turtle Lodge with Winnipeg Chapter activist Jobb Arnold on Friday. Winnipeg chapter member Douglas Tingey attended the first day of the gathering on Thursday. The Onjisay Aki summit, meaning "the changing of the earth", brought together climate leaders to speak about the critical role of Indigenous knowledge in solving the climate crisis. 

First People's Climate Summit at Turtle Lodge in Sagkeeng First Nation

June 9, 2017

As Canada’s 150th anniversary approaches, we at the Council of Canadians feel like it’s important to take some time to think about our relationship to this land and its people.

As we are called to celebrate Canada’s 150th, we must also recognize that the people who inhabit this land come from various parts of the world and that the history of people on this land spans back some 13,000 years, if not more. In this context, we must take the time to reflect on the oh so real impacts of colonization and genocide, as it has affected, and continues to affect, Indigenous peoples living on the land that we call Canada.

In the words of the late visionary, author, friend of the Council and Indigenous leader, Arthur Manuel, “Indigenous Peoples and Canadians who believe in human rights need look at Canada’s 150th Birthday Party as a period to undertake a commitment to decolonize Canada and recognize the right of Indigenous Peoples to self-determination.” [1]