The Council of Canadians is proud to be partnering with local and regional groups to host a groundbreaking summit in Flint, Michigan.
The summit will feature some of the foremost water experts from Ontario, Michigan and Indigenous communities leading dynamic panel discussions. There will also be practical workshops held on how people can take action in the own communities to shift water ownership into guardianship and uphold the human right to clean water.
The summit is free and open to the public (donations are welcome). Here are more details:
Friday, September 29: 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
An incredible line-up of speakers will provide an overview of the global context and various water justice issues, including Nestlé in Ontario and Michigan, NAFTA and other trade agreements, bolstering public water ownership and infrastructure, the colonization of water, and the water crises and emergency management in Flint and Detroit.
- Maude Barlow, The Council of Canadians
- Holly Bird, Michigan Water Protectors Legal Task Force
- Lila Cabbil, Detroit People’s Water Board
- Bishop Bernadel L. Jefferson, CAUTION
- Jim Olson, FLOW
Saturday, September 30: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Saturday’s keynote speaker will be Claire McClinton from Flint Democracy Defense League. A plenary panel of experts and community activists will share stories, strategies and lessons learned from frontline struggles against Nestlé and fighting for water justice broadly. There will be several dynamic workshops offered throughout the day that delve into water crises in several Michigan, Ontario and Indigenous communities, develop strategies for Blue Communities and the Great Lakes commons, and more.
Should you wish to stay overnight, hotel rooms can be booked at:
The Quality Inn Hotel, 2361 Austins Pkwy, Flint, MI
Group name: Water Is Life, Cost: $49/night
You are invited to bring your own container with water (just not bottled water please.)