National JPIC Gathering 2017 – June 6-8
“Even as the quality of available water is constantly diminishing, in some places there is a growing tendency, despite its scarcity, to privatize this resource, turning it into a commodity subject to the laws of the market. Yet access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival and, as such, is a condition for the exercise of other human rights.”
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- 7:00 PM Acknowledgment
- 7:05 PM Smudge ceremony
- 7:45 PM Welcome
- 8:15 PM Social Welcome event
- 9:00 AM Opening
- 9:10 AM Sacred Water (Elder Josephine Mandamin)
- 1:30 PM Group Reflexion
- 2:00 PM Panel with Ecologos, Kairos and Development and Peace
- 3:05 PM Break-out Discussions
- 3:35 PM Dialogue with Elder Josephine Mandamin
- 4:30 PM End
- 7:00 PM Evening social
- 9:00 AM Morning prayer
- 9:20 AM Sacred Water Advocacy (Maude Barlow)
- 10:40 AM Break-out Discussions
- 1:30 PM Input by Maude Barlow
- 2:45 PM Possible Actions
- 3:00 PM Closing ritual
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Elder Josephine Mandamin, Initiator of the Mother Earth Water Walks, has taken to heart the responsibility to care for the water. Since 2003, she has lead Water Walks around the five Great Lakes, and several other lakes and rivers, including the St. Lawrence River. Always she does so to communicate respect for the water and to challenge the human activity that pollutes the water and puts it at risk. On one of the walks she said: “I’ve been called here to respect her, to pray for her, to sing for her, give thanks to her, to respect her in all that she is.” She firmly believes that women, as life-givers, have a special responsibility to protect the water as sacred, as the “lifeblood of Mother Earth.”
Josephine, very humbly carries a copper pail of water on all the walks as she offers tobacco, prays, sings, does ceremonies and educates others to take personal and political action to protect the life-giving waters of our earth mother.
The Anishinabek Nation has named her Chair of the Women’s Council for its forty First Nation members across much of Ontario.
She will offer us her teachings, share her story with us and invite us into prayer and/or ceremony.
For more information, visit www.motherearthwaterwalk.com.
Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch. She is a board member of the San Francisco–based International Forum on Globalization and a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council.
Maude is the recipient of fourteen honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the 2005 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Fellowship Award, the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award, the 2009 Planet in Focus Eco Hero Award, and the 2011 EarthCare Award, the highest international honour of the Sierra Club (US).
In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly and was a leader in the campaign to have water recognized as a human right by the UN. She is also the author of dozens of reports, as well as 18 books, including, Blue Future: Protecting Water For People And The Planet Forever and her latest Boiling Point: Government Neglect, Corporate Abuse, and Canada’s Water Crisis.