Council of Canadians chapters activists have been taking part in ongoing solidarity actions with Wet'suwet'en, joining the call “that the provincial and federal government uphold their responsibilities to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and ‘Anuc niwh’it’en (Wet’suwet’en law).” The Council has made a donation to the Unist'ot'en camp legal fund as well as a donation to help cover the travel costs of youth to join the camp. We continue to stand in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en. Look for the next solidarity action and join a chapter near you!
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The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has instructed Canada to suspend construction of the Site C dam on B.C.’s Peace River until the project obtains the “free, prior and informed consent” of Indigenous peoples.
Canada has until early April to report back to the committee outlining the steps it has taken to halt construction of the massive hydro-electrical dam project.
On January 7, 2019 militarized RCMP invaded and occupied unceded Wet'suwet'en territories and faced children and elders with heavy assault rifles following a court injunction granted to Coastal Gaslink (TransCanada). They were trying to forcibly clear a path for a fracked gas pipeline. Fourteen land defenders were arrested, including Gitdumt'en Clan spokesperson Molly Wickham.
Council of Canadians supporters and chapters activists have been taking part in ongoing solidarity actions with Wet'suwet'en, joining the call “that the provincial and federal government uphold their responsibilities to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and ‘Anuc niwh’it’en (Wet’suwet’en law).” We stand in solidarity with these land defenders, who have been fighting to protect their land and sovereignty for decades - from the 1997 Delgamuukw-Gisday’wa court case to the Unist'ot'en Camp that has blocked pipelines and healed the land since 2009.
Cameron Fioret, a PhD student at the University of Guelph and member of the Guelph chapter of the Council of Canadians, writes in a thought-provoking op-ed that “the advent of the commodification and privatization of water has resulted in strife and inequality amongst the most marginalized people in society.”
Fioret goes on to say that “it is a widespread, pressing issue that will be exacerbated by climate change, whereby clean water will be even more of a luxury for the privileged few of humanity. Anyone who desires for a world of equitable access to clean water should not tolerate the status quo.”
Members of the Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter in Ontario joined with the local group, the Peterborough Alliance for Climate Action for an event last weekend called “Drum for the Planet.”
Participants marched through the streets, banging on drums, using bells and tambourines as well as their voices, to raise awareness about the urgent need for climate action now. Many wore bright green signs with messages and slogans, calling on governments to act before global warming reaches a critical tipping point.
U.S. President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed a trade agreement to replace NAFTA at the end of November – a deal that groups, including the Council of Canadians, say is still fundamentally flawed.
A recent article on Common Dreams website examines reactions from concerned groups who say the new NAFTA deal includes devastating impacts for farmers, workers and the environment.
“It could be argued that we are now in the midst of a coup d’état in slow motion. Democracy is weakening, corporatism is strengthening, yet none of us have chosen this route for our society, in spite of which our elites continue down it quite happily.”
These are the ominous words in the opening of the trailer for the new documentary The Corporate Coup d’État, which features journalist Chris Hedges, philosopher John Ralston Saul, activists Maude Barlow and Naomi Klein and others.