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Lack of safe water on Canada's reserves

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As many as one in three First Nation reserves in Canada have been found to lack safe water.

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The right to water is an election issue

Media Release

For Immediate Release

April 28, 2011

Assembly of First Nations, Amnesty International and Council of Canadians urge political leaders to recognize the human right to water

(Ottawa, ON) - The Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Amnesty International Canada and the Council of Canadians are calling on all political parties to recognize explicitly the human right to water and sanitation and to commit to ensuring that Canada meets its obligations in upholding these rights for people in Canada.


Water on the Table: A film about our most wasted resource

Water droplets on leaves.

Will the global community define water as a human right, available to all, or as a commodity to be bought, sold, traded, and ultimately out of reach from the poorest people on this earth? Liz Marshall's documentary, Water on the Table, explores this question through a portrait of Maude Barlow and her tireless efforts to define water as a human right.


Canada-EU trade talks put Canada's water up for sale, says new report


For Immediate Release

December 16, 2010

Ottawa, ON -- Canada's already challenged public water systems are under threat from a broad free trade agreement being negotiated by Canada and the European Union (EU). A new report released today, Public Water for Sale: How Canada will privatize our public water systems, warns that public water in Canada will be lost unless the provinces and territories take immediate steps to remove water from the scope of the proposed Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA).


Mining plans endanger a fifth of the great Peel wilderness

Duo Lakes, the Peel Watershed, Yukon. Photo: Shannon Thompson
Yukon First Nations mobilize to protect traditional territories in the Peel River Watershed in the northeast of the province, and gain attention from around the world.

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Mining plans endanger a fifth of the great Peel wilderness

Na-cho Nyak Dun elder Jimmy Johnny describes his love for the Peel Watershed in the Yukon, where 20 per cent is under threat from mining plans. Photo: Shannon Thompson

In an exclusive for rabble.ca, Journalist Shannon Thompson spent three days in August travelling the pristine waters of the Three Rivers area of the Peel River Watershed in The Yukon, looking at what would be lost should mining development be allowed to proceed. She was a guest of the Yukon Conservation Society and several First Nations communities.

Duo Lakes, Yukon -- Na-cho Nyak Dun elder Jimmy Johnny would rather be picking blueberries and wandering off alone to scout for animals. But today he has a job to do: tell reporters and southerners like me why we should care about the fight to protect the Peel River Watershed in the northeast Yukon.


Keepers of the Water: A wake-up call from the North

Wollaston Lake open-pit uranium mines, Saskatchewan. Photo:Google Earth

I was very fortunate to participate in the Keepers of the Water conference in Wollaston Lake, northern Saskatchewan, in mid-August. It was my first time to this remote community, which can only be reached by barge/boat or airplane as there are no roads that go directly there. People say the water there is clean enough to drink right out of the lake, which I saw someone doing. The lake, one of Saskatchewan's largest, certainly looked beautiful, though I hesitated to drink from it like the locals.


Review: The Muskoka Freshwater Summit

With its 900 lakes and a strong local watershed council, Bracebridge, Ont., was a great location for The Muskoka Freshwater Summit, held on June 1 and 2.

Over coffee and a muffin, I spoke with a kind-eyed, silver-haired woman, Barbara Power, a member of Grandmothers to Grandmothers. Her eyes twinkled as she told me about picketing Mike Harris and Walkerton in 2000 but her grew dark when I asked why she was at the summit. "I'm very worried about the future and concerned about what my granddaughter will inherit."


Winnipeg council votes on unseen 30-year sewage-deal lock in

Winnipeg and the Red River. Photo: 1ajs/flickr

Would you sign a 30-year mortgage for a house you haven't been allowed to see?

That's exactly what Winnipeg City Council is being asked to do today -- Wednesday, May 19 -- when it votes on whether to approve a 30-year private-public partnership (P3) with Paris-based water corporation, Veolia.

If approved, the city of Winnipeg will be locked into a long-term agreement with the corporation that will involve the design, build and management of Winnipeg's sewage treatment plant upgrades and expansion plans.

There are several red flags that City Council is overlooking.

First, the process so far doesn't bode well for those who are hoping for a transparent and democratic management of sewage treatment in Winnipeg.


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