June 25, 2018

Montreal chapter Robert McBryde leads us in chants on the streets of Ottawa. Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter activist Paul Cragg provided some great trumpet sounds as well! Photo by Council of Canadians Board member Dorene Bernard.

Council of Canadians chapters from coast-to-coast-to-coast converged in Ottawa this past weekend for our Groundswell annual conference and took to the streets on Saturday to say #ProtectOffshoreNSMikmaki and #StopKM!

We were led in the march by the slogans of Montreal chapter activist Robert McBryde! To see a video of the march with those slogans/chants and some powerful speeches made outside the Prime Minister's Office by Dorene Bernard Andrea Harden Robin Tress and Harjap Grewal, please click here.

As a resource lots of protests to come, Robert has shared his slogans with us below!

SO-SO-SO Solidarité
Avec, avec, avec les Premières Nations!

June 25, 2018

At the G7, U.S. President Donald Trump turned a polite closed-door meeting of the world's elite into a reality show styled insult fest. It appears that a world trade war is unavoidable.

Most of the business press, along with various elites, have condemned Trump's moves. John Ibbitson of The Globe and Mail has gone so far as to say that this is the end of the whole western order, of Bretton woods, the World Trade Organization, of American-inspired liberal free trade all over the world.

June 25, 2018

The Council of Canadians Fredericton chapter supports the renaming of the St. John River to Wolastoq, which in Maliseet is 'beautiful and bountiful river'.

CBC reports, "The movement to rename the St. John River to Wolastoq is gaining momentum. At a three-hour 'reclaiming ceremony' Saturday at Fredericton's Morell park, elders and representatives from First Nations across the province, and one from Quebec, read out letters of support."

Fredericton chapter activist Joan Green tells us, "Many of our Fredericton Chapter Council of Canadians members were at the ceremony."

June 20, 2018

Retired senator Wilfred Moore (second from the left) represented the town of Lunenburg at a meeting about BP offshore drilling with the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board last month. The Council of Canadians South Shore chapter met with him there to highlight its opposition to BP offshore drilling. Photo by Marion Moore.

The Council of Canadians South Shore chapter is pleased that Lunenburg town council is expressing its opposition to BP oil and gas drilling offshore of Nova Scotia.

June 20, 2018

In November 2017, the Comox Valley chapter traveled to Midsummer Island in the Broughton Archipelago to express this message of solidarity with the wild salmon defenders of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, 'Namgis, Mamalilikala and Lawit'sis First Nations.

The Council of Canadians is expressing disappointment in the timidity of the British Columbia government's decision on fish farm tenures today.

The CBC reports, "Under the new regulations [announced by the BC government], all fish farms will have to meet two criteria when their tenures come up for renewal or when they apply for a new tenure. First, any applications will have to demonstrate they have agreements in place with First Nation in whose territories they propose to operate. ...They must also satisfy the federal government their operations will not impact wild salmon stocks. ...In the meantime, the B.C. government will renew those tenures on a month-to-month basis [until 2022 when their federal licences expire]."