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Saturday April 14: All Nations Water Ceremony

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Apr 7th, 2018
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Led by Josephine Mandamin

You are invited by the Water Walkers to join together with them once again to help protect the pure waters at Site 41. The world’s purest groundwater is under threat again – this time from a gravel pit expansion in the recharge area for the pristine aquifer in Simcoe County. Dufferin Aggregates has applied for a 10 year permit to take water at its Teedon Pit which is just east of the lands that almost became Dump Site 41 back in 2009. This event is not a protest or political rally. It is a ceremony intended to bring about healing through the water, to lift each other up, and to create greater awareness. Through song, dance and prayer, togetherness and unity we will make giant waves.

Programme:

9 am to 11 am Welcome to the Territory – Chief/ Council of Beausoleil First Nation Speakers & Prayer Poles

11 am –11:30 am Open Mic & Water Walk snacks

11:30 am – 1:30 pm Dance & Water Ceremony

2:30 pm – 3 pm Potluck Feast and Fellowship

Practical information:

• Everyone is asked to bring a copper vessel, a feast bundle (plate, bowl, cup, utensils), a reusable water jug, snacks like bananas, oranges, apples and a contribution of food or donation to cover costs of the feast.

• Please plan for rain and cold weather and dress warmly. If possible, women are encouraged to wear long skirts over their warm clothes. A lawn chair or blanket for this outdoor event. In the event of very inclement weather, it will be moved to Perkinsfield Pavilion. However every effort will be made to stay on Site 41. All are welcomed. Join the Facebook Page The Friends of the Waverley Uplands.

French’s Hill is under attack from the pressure of aggregate business that wants to use hundreds of millions of litres of our water to wash dirt…at what cost?

HELP THE GOVERNMENT MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION

CHOOSE AQUIFER OVER AGGREGATE

Sign our petition

CONTACT THESE GOVERNMENT OFFICES WITH YOUR COMMENTS

Provincial Government

– Kathleen Wynne, Premier Legislative Building Queen’s Park Toronto ON M7A 1A1 Tel: 416-325-1941 l premier@ontario.ca

Min. of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) (in charge of Aggregate license) Nathalie Des Rosiers Whitney Block 6th Flr Rm 6630, 99 Wellesley St W, Toronto, ON M7A 1W3 Tel: 416-314-2301 minister.mnrf@ontario.ca

Min. of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) (In charge of Water taking Permit) Chris Ballard Ferguson Block 11th Flr, 77 Wellesley St W, Toronto, ON M7A 2T5 Tel: 416-325-4000 minister.moecc@ontario.ca

County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall and Council 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario L9X 1N6 Tel: 705-726-9300 info@simcoe.ca

Township of Tiny Mayor George Cornell and Council 130 Balm Beach Road West Tiny, Ontario L0L 2J0 Toll Free: 1 866-939-TINY (8469) Fax: 705-526-2372 council@tiny.ca

We need our political leaders across all levels of government to stand beside us and champion the protection of our most valued resource – our pure groundwater.

 

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