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Water

The Council of Canadians fights to protect Canada’s freshwater sources from pollution, privatization, and government neglect. Our campaign work focuses on recognizing water as part of a shared commons and a human right.

Canada has no national strategy to address urgent water issues, leaving it up to communities to defend local waters. We support these Public Water Champions nationwide, mobilizing our tens of thousands of supporters and volunteer chapters. We encourage community empowerment and involvement through our “Blue Communities Project.” We are pushing the Federal government to create a strong and independent Canada Water Agency, a comprehensive National Water Policy, and to end Drinking Water Advisories in First Nations. We are opposing Big Water and its attempts to commodify water.

Water is vital to people’s health and livelihoods. Join us in taking action to protect water!

Trudeau must ensure the right to water and sanitation for First Nations within five years

Trudeau must ensure the right to water and sanitation for First Nations within five years

Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow visited Shoal Lake 40 First Nation in April. This First Nation has ...
The right to water in the struggle against neo-liberalism

The right to water in the struggle against neo-liberalism

Blue Planet Project campaigner Meera Karunananthan writes, "On August 2, United Nations member states signed off on the Post-2015 Development ...
Right to water, healthy environment must be immediate priorities for new government

Right to water, healthy environment must be immediate priorities for new government

Incoming government has golden opportunity to end First Nations drinking water crisis and recognize environmental human rights ...
Human right to water and sanitation named and reaffirmed in post-2015 development agenda

Human right to water and sanitation named and reaffirmed in post-2015 development agenda

On Sunday, August 2, United Nations member states unanimously agreed on the final text that will be adopted by heads ...
Defending the human right to water and sanitation at the United Nations

Defending the human right to water and sanitation at the United Nations

By  Meera Karunananthan and Aine O'Connor On this day five years ago, the United Nations formally recognized the human right ...
Pope Francis underscores the human right to water, objects to water privatization in encyclical

Pope Francis underscores the human right to water, objects to water privatization in encyclical

Pope Francis underscored the importance of the human right to water and objected to privatization of water services in his ...
Blue Planet Project calls for explicit recognition of right to water in UN development agenda

Blue Planet Project calls for explicit recognition of right to water in UN development agenda

Karunananthan speaks at the UN, May 2014 The Blue Planet Project is opposed to the marginalization of the ...
Blue Planet Project calls for right to water to be named in Post-2015 Development Agenda

Blue Planet Project calls for right to water to be named in Post-2015 Development Agenda

The Blue Planet Project has been working with allies around the world to ensure that the human right to ...