The office of the Water Watchers (WW) sits on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabek and Haudenosaunee Peoples, however, our work extends to other parts of Turtle Island and beyond. We are grateful to Indigenous peoples around the world who have cared for the land and the water running through it since time immemorial. We hold our hands up to their amazing resistance, resilience, and strength in the face of ongoing dispossession and colonial violence.
WWW believes water is life and to protect water is to protect life. Based on that belief, WW is dedicated to the protection, restoration, and conservation of drinking water in Ontario.
The intersection of water security and racial and social justice is an important opportunity to move toward equity among peoples and restore a reciprocal relationship with nature.
Framing water protection as an issue of racial and social justice moves the issue from politically neutral realm of policy analysis to the high moral ground of human rights and rights of nature, equality and preserving the sacred conditions that make life possible.
We acknowledge that while water is a right for all, the people who often lack access to safe and clean drinking water are the same ones often criminalized for their efforts and left to bear the majority of the burdens of environmental degradation. We recognize that BIPOC have been at the forefront of environmental advocacy since time immemorial. WWW is committed to addressing these ongoing injustices toward Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, Queer, Trans and Gender-diverse people, low-income communities, and other inequities as they become known to us.
As an organization, WW is committed to ensuring that our work address these barriers through anti-oppressive and anti-discrimination practices. We believe individual and structural discrimination based on, but not limited to, age, race, ancestry, place of origin, religion/spirituality, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and/or expression, and disability, has no place in our communities.
At WW, a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace is one where all employees and volunteers, whatever their gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory approach and provide equal opportunity for employment. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard.
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