The People’s Water Campaign is making connections between Ontario-based water injustices. This session focuses on various expressions and experiences protecting water as shared commons and sacred gift. One of the goals for the September 26th PWC Watershed 2020 digital convention is an invitational statement that supports this growing movement. Join Paul Baines and Tasha Beeds to learn about the written and experiential ways water protectors are stepping into their leadership roles.
- Water Declaration of the Anishinaabek, Mushkegowuk and Onkwehonwe in Ontario
- Blue Communities, by the Council of Canadians
- Aqua fons vitae *Water is a source of life”, by The Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development (The Catholic Church)
- Nibi Declaration of Treaty #3, by the The Grand Council Treaty #3 Women’s Council
- The Great Lakes Commons Charter, by the Great Lakes Commons initiative
- Federal Petition to recognize the Great Lakes as Living Entities, initiated by Edward George
Paul Baines: With ancestry from the British Isles, Paul Baines is with the Great Lakes Commons initiative and the Blue Community coordinator for the Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph. Paul will introduce several written water statements by Indigenous leaders, nations, and organizations, bioregional and nonprofit groups, and the Catholic church. Join this webinar to learn about the water statements below and how they contribute to a broad water justice moment.
Tasha Beeds: Tasha Beeds is a Professor and Ph.D Candidate in Indigenous Studies. Of nêhiyaw ancestry, she is a 2nd degree Midewiwin member from Minweyweywigaan Lodge out of Roseau River, MB and Wiikwemkoong Unceded Reserve. As a Water Walker and Mide woman, Tasha is dedicated to moving in Ceremony for the Water, Lands, and for the generations to come. She is firmly committed to the continual resurgence and revitalization of Indigenous thought, knowledges, and sovereignty. She brings her experience and stories of the Water as a Water Walker, having Walked for the Water for over 10 years under the guidance of the late Water Walker Grandmother and advocate Josephine Mandamin-Ba. Following in the footsteps of her late mentor and teacher, Tasha advocates the Water’s voice be heard, listened to, and activated inside all of us.
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