In today’s province-wide day of action to reverse the cuts, you can help restore funding so that communities impacted by environmental injustice have access to legal resources as they protect their health and the health of the environment.
UPDATE: Indigenous Services Minister has announced a renewed Task Force to address Attawapiskat's needs for new reserve lands, housing, infrastructure, health, social services and governance issues. Theresa Spence and Sylvia Koostachin-Metatawabin have ended their hunger strike.
On Friday the joint provincial-federal review panel on the Teck Frontier tar sands mine granted a conditional approval to what could become the largest tar sands mine ever in Canada.
It’s election season, and that means we have the opportunity to use a diversity of tactics to pressure candidates about issues that matter to our communities. One tactic that can be effective (and fun!) is called ‘bird-dogging’. I’ve used this tactic many times because it’s not complicated, it doesn’t necessarily require huge amounts of planning, and it can be really effective for shaping the narrative around important issues.
What is bird-dogging?
To bird-dog a politician is to meet them in public setting - like a BBQ, a public announcement, a meet-and-greet - and ask some pointed and clear questions that they’ll essentially be forced to answer. This definition from MoveOn.org explains:
Every day, Council of Canadians chapters are active in communities across the country. #CouncilChapters are made up of volunteers who work with local community groups, organized labour and others to promote the Council’s campaigns to protect water and public health care, work for fair trade, climate justice and democracy as well as other issues of social and economic concern. Check out some of our chapters’ recent actions.
In just 14 weeks we will head to the polls to elect a new federal government. Right now, election candidates are getting ready, raising money at endless barbeque meet-and-greets, and shoring up support in federal ridings across Canada.
The Attawapiskat First Nation Band Council has declared a state of emergency last week over concerns about water quality. The water crisis in this Northern Ontario First Nations once again exposes the failure by the federal government to provide access to safe and clean water to First Nations.
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.”
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.”
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.