Any time now, B.C. Premier John Horgan and Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Doug Donaldson will decide whether to extend the Coastal GasLink (CGL) permit to continue clearing a right-of-way for a proposed pipeline intended to run from Groundbirch to Kitimat in British Columbia. Add your voice! Join in showing solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en and send an email to demand that the permit not be extended.
The Council of Canadians supports the demand of the Rotinonhseshá:ka of Kanehsatà:ke that no development occur on Kanehsatà:ke Kanien’kehá:ka ancestral lands without their Free Prior and Informed Consent. The Canadian government has an obligation under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to respect the right to Free, Prior, Informed Consent on decisions that impact First Nations.
The Council of Canadians is working to dismantle colonialism within Canadian society and from all levels of government and public institutions and we reject the ideologies and instruments of colonialism, racism, and misogyny, both past and present.
Kanehsatà:ke Kanien’kehá:ka ancestral lands are under threat from private developers, municipal governments and transnational corporations. The Federal government must place a moratorium on all such development and enter into meaningful negotiations as soon as possible.
Amnesty International Canada is sounding the alarm about the violation of people’s right to freedom of expression, saying critics of Alberta's oil and gas industry face threats, intimidation and violations of their human rights under Premier Jason Kenney's government. The Council of Canadians shares these concerns.
Kenney ran on a promise that included plans to establish an “energy war room” and hold a public inquiry into the alleged foreign funding of groups who oppose or criticize energy developments in the province.
With just under six weeks to election day on October 21, federal candidates and parties are running flat out to earn your vote.
We should all ask: what is adequate consultation? When has consent been given? Should consultation that simply gathers the feedback people provide be accepted, or does the government have a responsibility to act on when impacted Indigenous nations say no?
The Council of Canadians community mourns the passing of our dear friend Sister Angie Martz. A lifelong activist, teacher and spiritual leader for many across generations in her community of Saint John, NB, Sister Angie remained active and engaged in advancing social justice until her final days.
Maude Barlow has spent her life learning about water and sharing information and sounding the alarm about what humans are doing it. She says, “I have never discovered any more powerful truth than this: the world will only be transformed from the bottom up, from people fighting in their own communities because they care.” In her new book Whose Water is it Anyway? Taking water protection into public hands, she explores how the Blue Communities Project, a grassroots-based campaign that gives people tools they can use to push for the protection of water at the municipal level. Maude will be embarking on a multi-city book tour this fall.