Statement | Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 17:00

The Council of Canadians

Like you, we have been waking up to more news confirming the horrors of the Indian Residential School system.

We at the Council have been asked by our allies and supporters to consider how we approach July 1st, a day set aside to celebrate our country and its accomplishments.

Over the past month, the remains of more than 1,300 Indigenous children have been found in unmarked graves surrounding institutions they were forced into by churches and governments.

Media Release | Tuesday, June 22, 2021 - 00:00

HALIFAX / K’JIPUKTUK — More than 4 out of 5 people in the provinces of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador want to see a transition to renewable energy and energy efficiency, which would include training and income support for affected workers, according to regional polling conducted in spring 2021 by The Atlantic Quarterly and commissioned by the Council of Canadians, Sierra Club Canada Foundation, and the Ecology Action Centre.

Statement | Monday, June 14, 2021 - 14:15

The Council of Canadians is mourning with the London community and Muslims from across the country and around the world after the targeted murder of four family members out for a walk this past Sunday. We also want to recognize our London Chapter who are closely affected by this act of hate and violence. They are reaching out to neighbours with opportunities to show solidarity with the local Muslim community, and continue to work to end racism and hate where they see it.

Joint Letter | Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 17:00

As governments gather for the G7 Summit to discuss how to build a "strong, sustainable,
balanced and inclusive recovery," it is critical that G7 governments put “global ambitions on
climate change and the reversal of biodiversity loss at the centre” of their plans1 and stop
financing fossil fuels.

Joint Letter | Friday, June 4, 2021 - 17:00

Today, 185 community and non-governmental organizations from around the world urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Ministers of Global Affairs Canada (Marc Garneau, Mary Ng, and Karina Gould), and other Canadian officials to investigate and take action on the plans of Canadian company ReconAfrica. ReconAfrica is currently undergoing exploration to develop what they estimate could be 60-120 billion barrels of oil and gas in northeast Namibia and northwest Botswana.

Joint Letter | Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 15:00

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

Joint Letter | Friday, April 23, 2021 - 17:00

TO: The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson
Minister of Environment and Climate Change

RE: Help protect interprovincial waters from coal mining

Dear Minister Wilkinson,

There is nothing as critically integral to life as water — water connects us all. And for years, the provinces, territories, and the federal government have recognized the importance of protecting shared waters through transboundary water agreements. 

Media Release | Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 15:27

OTTAWA - Sixty organizations have signed a letter to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland urging her to extend emergency operational funding in the federal government’s upcoming budget. 

Council Update | Tuesday, April 13, 2021 - 14:40

It is with a huge sense of sadness and loss that we inform you about the passing of Wayne Bradley, probably the most central activist within the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, on April 3, 2021. 

Statement | Friday, March 12, 2021 - 17:27

The federal government recently announced conditions regulating the Mi’kmaq livelihood fishery. These conditions propose to limit the livelihood fishery to the commercial season already set out by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and propose to give Indigenous fishers access to commercial fisheries through voluntary buyouts of existing licences.