Statements

Letter to Minister Freeland urging them to rescind the decision to refuse the Manitoba Chiefs' request/plan for a Cuban Health Brigade to provide health care in indigenous communities in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At its meeting on January 19, 2020,  the Council of Canadians Board passed the following motion with respect to the CUSMA

To respond to CUSMA with the following frame – 

Over 170 national and provincial organizations from all regions across Canada released a joint statement calling on the new federal government to immediately implement universal, public pharmacare. Printable pdf and list of signatories here.

In the wake of the federal election, our coalition of national and provincial organizations is calling on the new government to immediately implement universal, public pharmacare.

Plus de 170 organisations nationales et provinciales de plusieurs régions du pays ont publié une déclaration commune demandant au nouveau gouvernement fédéral de mettre en œuvre, immédiatement, un régime public et universel d’assurance-médicaments. Une version imprimable en format pdf et liste des signataires est ici.

The trade deal is flawed: inequality would grow and the environment deteriorate further

Civil society organizations from Mexico, the United States and Canada call on Canadians and their elected representatives in Ottawa to set up a special parliamentary inquiry prior to any ratification vote on the “new” NAFTA. This would ensure that decision-makers are fully familiar with all aspects of the deal, and can make any necessary changes to guarantee that the Canadian public, not multinational corporations, are the primary beneficiaries of the deal.

Council of Canadians chapters, supporters and staff are firmly in solidarity with the Wet’suwet’en Nation as they continue to assert sovereignty on their traditional territories and resist state violence.

The Council of Canadians supports the demand of the Rotinonhseshá:ka of Kanehsatà:ke that no development occur on Kanehsatà:ke Kanien’kehá:ka ancestral lands without their Free, Prior and Informed Consent. The Canadian government has an obligation under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to respect the right to Free, Prior, Informed Consent on decisions that impact First Nations.

Grand Chief Verna Polson of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Council set up camp in a wigwam across from Parliament Hill on June 19, 2019,  two days before National Indigenous Peoples Day. 

This week, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released its final report.

Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls confirms what Indigenous peoples have been saying for a long time.

Canadians have serious issues to work out and must do so in short order. The health of waterways and protection of drinking water, the needed transition to renewable energy and a sustainable economy, the full recognition of Indigenous rights, the reduction of carbon emissions, the rights of climate migrants, the protection of wild species, our safety from rising sea levels and extreme weather (fires, floods and storms) all require that we work quickly across differences.