STANDING WITH ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES
Shoal Lake 40 First Nation needs a Permanent Road and a Water Treatment Facility
Last boat of the fall at Shoal Lake 40 First Nation
Winnipeg's decision to build an aqueduct from Shoal Lake had serious repercussions for the people of the Shoal Lake 40 First Nations community. They were dispossessed of land that included ancestral burial grounds as well as their village at the mouth of the Falcon River. Forced to move to the adjacent peninsula, they were completely cut off when that peninsula was subsequently severed from the mainland by a canal diverting coloured Falcon River water away from Winnipeg's intake. The community has struggled with its man-made isolation ever since.
Shoal Lake 40 - The Road Home - Part 1 of 3
The Council of Canadians is committed to an ongoing relationship with Shoal Lake 40. We support them in their reasonable demand for an end to the century-long isolation imposed by the City of Winnipeg's water infrastructure. Many lives have been lost and damaged by this man-made isolation, while Winnipeg has benefited and profited from the water.
The community has a right to safe access and we would encourage those of us on the receiving end of Shoal Lake's water, including all levels of governments, to work with Shoal Lake 40 to implement a just solution to this problem.
Shoal Lake 40 website
Pimicikamak Occupation of Jenpeg
On Sept. 27, Pimicikamak began an occupation at the Jenpeg Hydro Dam in the Cross Lake area in northern Manitoba. The dam and the rest of the hydropower system have created much wealth and opportunity for Manitoba, while creating much damage and a deep sense of grievance for Pimicikamak.
Pimicikamak by Edward Gamblin, a song about the Northern Flood Agreement
Nearly 5,000 people live in the area, which is located over 700 kilometers north of Winnipeg. Local residents there say they have some of the highest electricity and heating bills in the province, despite the electricity generated from a dam in their own territory. The issue is much larger than just utility bills though. There are issues of treaty rights to land and a Northern Flood Agreement (NFA), which is not being implemented. The NFA is supposed to compensate northern Manitoba First Nations affected by hydro development.
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Injustice at Grassy Narrows: From Mercury Poisoning to Mass Deforestation
Asubpeeschoseewagong First Nation (also known as Grassy Narrows First Nation) is an Anishinaabeg community located 80 km north of Kenora, Ontario.
In the 1960's the Dryden Chemical Company poisoned the English-Wabigoon River System with mercury from their effluent discharge. People from Grassy Narrows continue to suffer the effects of mercury poisoning more than 40 years after their commercial fishery was closed.
In 1985 the First Nation received a settlement agreement, which, by today's standards is inadequate. As well, the mercury has never been removed from the water and it continues to adversely affect the health of Grassy Narrows residents today.
Grassy Narrows - Forty years later
Weyerhauser Forest Products has been harvesting trees in the area to supply its Timberstrand Mill in Kenora. The community is concerned about the mass extraction of trees for paper and fears that deforestation will irreversibly damage local habitat.
As long as the Rivers Flow: The Story of the Grassy Narrows
Free Grassy Narrows
Boycott Weyerhaeuser Petition
STOP CETA HERE!
An unfair trade deal made behind closed doors will be devastating to communities throughout Manitoba and jeopardize our standard of living for generations to come.The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union will be a bad deal for Manitobans.
If CETA is signed it will:
- threaten our democracy by putting corporate rights first
- encourage privatization of Canada’s drinking water and wastewater services
- threaten local job creation and “buy-local” policies
- cause Canadian prescription drug costs to skyrocket by at least $2.8 billion each year
- open public services to bids by huge multinationals and lead to privatization
- allow big corporations to challenge environmental regulations.