July 16, 2019

The Attawapiskat First Nation Band Council has declared a state of emergency last week over concerns about water quality. This First Nation community has never had access to safe drinking water, and now residents are told to refrain from taking long showers or washing food, due to the dangerous levels of toxins in the water. 

Speaking to CTV News, Adrian Sutherland, an Attawapiskat resident says “In this country there are thousands of Indigenous people that don’t have access to clean drinking water. Now we can’t even bathe in it? This is ridiculous.”

July 8, 2019

Leo Broderick (left) is pictured with Leticia Adair and Robert Chernomas at the G8/G20 protests in Toronto in 2010. 

Leo Broderick, who recently finished his term as Chairperson and Board Member for the Council of Canadians, was recently selected as one of three recipients for the Order of P.E.I.

Broderick received the honour because of “his work as a passionate activist for social and environmental justice, with a deep understanding of global and local issues,” a news release from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor stated. "In addition to his distinguished career as an educator, he consistently proves how ordinary citizens can have an influence to make the world a safer, fairer place.”

July 3, 2019

Photo from Algonquins as equal partners in 100 Wellington Facebook page.

At around 5 p.m. last night Algonquin Anishinabeg Grand Chief Verna Polson ended her hunger and water strike after an agreement was reached with the federal government regarding the Indigenous Peoples Space, which is planned for 100 Wellington Street in Ottawa on unceded territory of the Algonquin Nation.

Her camp shared on social media: ““We have reached an agreement with the government. Details will follow as soon as the Grand Chief is ready; she is getting the medical attention she needs. Thank you for all of your support. Kichi Migwetch”

July 3, 2019

On Monday, the Peterborough-Kawarthas Chapter of the Council of Canadians celebrated local organizing by joining with allied groups and supporters for Peterborough’s annual Canada Day parade.

Council chapter members led the parade contingent, which has been a tradition for them for more than a decade now.

They were joined by representatives of Amnesty International and the Peterborough Alliance for Climate Action whose members carried a large banner promoting a Green New Deal for Canada.

A large van carrying members of the local Dixie Cats Band followed the groups, playing music for community members to enjoy. The band was led by Paul Cragg, a Council chapter member.

For Our Grandchildren (4RG) also joined in with several walkers, a banner, and people holding signs. Transition Town brought their banner and three electric cars, and supporters from  I Love the CBC also joined the parade.

July 2, 2019

Some Council of Canadians staff, board members and chapter activists recently visited Grand Chief Verna Polson to express support and solidarity for her actions on behalf of her people.

Grand Chief Verna Polson of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Council set up camp in a wigwam across from Parliament Hill on June 19, 2019,  two days before National Indigenous Peoples Day. 

Grand Chief Polson and her nation are demanding full partnership in the Indigenous Peoples Space at 100 Wellington St. in Ottawa. She began a hunger strike (including no water) at 12:00 a.m. on June 30 to press these demands.