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.
Grand Chief Verna Polson of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Council set up camp in a wigwam across from Parliament Hill on June 19, 2019, two days before National Indigenous Peoples Day.
Grand Chief Polson and her nation are demanding full partnership in the Indigenous Peoples Space at 100 Wellington St. in Ottawa. She began a hunger strike (including no water) at 12:00 a.m. on June 30 to press these demands.