January 17, 2020

Council of Canadians chapters, staff and supporters joined solidarity actions with the Wet'suwet'en this week.

Today is the deadline for a B.C. Supreme Court injunction for Wet'suwet'en land defenders to leave their unceded territory and allow construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline to continue.

The land defenders have said they will not comply.

The Council of Canadians stands in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en Hereditary Chiefs and land defenders and calls on the Canadian and B.C. governments and RCMP to respect their right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – a declaration that the B.C. government enshrined in law less than two months ago.

January 7, 2020

Brescia University College, Canada’s only women’s university has appointed Council of Canadians Honorary Chairperson Maude Barlow as its Chancellor. Maude Barlow will serve a three-year term in this honorary position, acting as an ambassador for Brescia and an inspirational leader for the Brescia community. 

Brescia University College, Canada’s women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,600 women registered as either full- or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in the Schools of Behavioural & Social Sciences, Food & Nutritional Sciences, Humanities and Leadership & Social Change in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred and invigorating environment.

As Chancellor, Maude will preside over Brescia’s Baccalaureate and Magisterial ceremonies and will support Brescia’s mission of educating future women leaders. 

Watch a video from Maude Barlow on the Brescia website here.

January 6, 2020

Arthur Manuel was an amazing leader who every Canadian should know more about. Four years ago he wrote a powerful book that records his own experiences and his family’s part in struggles for Indigenous rights. The title of the book is by itself a teachable moment – Unsettling Canada. For those of us who have grown up with traditional teaching of history, it is a truly unsettling journey to see how deeply the “doctrine of discovery” has informed the development of our society.

December 27, 2019

Before saying goodbye to 2019, all of us here at the Council of Canadians wanted to do something special for you.

We put together this little video to say THANK YOU for your tremendous continuing support and to show you the vibrant and determined people-powered movement you are a part of and help to sustain.

As you’ll see, together this year you and the Council took action in every corner of the country and beyond to bring about the better Canada and fairer world we all want and know is possible – none of which would be possible without you!

Just some of the highlights of our collective public advocacy work this year include:

December 20, 2019

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil held a media conference this morning to announce he will not extend the Boat Harbour Act’s deadline of January 31, 2020. Even though the legislation was passed in 2015, Northern Pulp requested an extension of the Act because the company still does not have an alternate plan in place to deal with effluent from the mill. Company representatives claim they will need to close the mill without an extension.

Members of Pictou Landing First Nation watch Premier McNeil’s announcement this morning. From Pictou Landing First Nation’s Facebook page