Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada's largest national citizens' organization, with members and chapters across the country. We work to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy, security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians.
Chapters are the active force behind the Council of Canadians’ vision to promote economic and social justice, protect and expand the commons, and create a living democracy.
The Council of Canadians - Winnipeg Chapter has seen many different evolutions since its inception. In 2008 the chapter was rejuvenated as community concern started to grow around the municipal government's planned changes to Winnipeg’s wastewater management. The city intended to form a public-private partnership (P3) with Veolia, a private multinational water company, to manage the city's water and wastewater services.
The Winnipeg Chapter joined with many other like-minded groups in the defence of our public wastewater services. Although City Hall ended up partnering with the multinational corporation we did achieve some significant victories in the campaign, making the deal much less objectionable than originally planned.
During the 'Harper years' we were very active in supporting the campaigns to save the Canadian Wheat Board and the Experimental Lakes Area, to stop the risky and unfair Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), to keep War Resisters in Canada, and to save our democracy. The chapter participated in Occupy Winnipeg, the People’s Social Forum, and Idle No More, and continues to work with grassroots like the people and organizations who have come together to fight for Shoal Lake 40’s Freedom Road.
Council of Canadians - Winnipeg Chapter is engaged on many social justice issues through our members’ collaboration with other groups. Peace efforts, election reform, refugee support, trade justice, climate change, Truth and Reconciliation, water protection, living wage are all concerns that engage chapter members in their work for a better world.
Throughout, we respect the water, the land, and the people who live in this land by learning to honour the Treaties.
We encourage you to join us! You may want to help table at events, distribute information, join letter writing campaigns, attend rallies, circulate petitions; or drop into one of our regular meetings, add your voice to the discussion and figure out for yourself how you may want to contribute. To stay in the loop and receive action alerts, please send us an e-mail asking to be added to our list.
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