Michigan, Ontario and Indigenous communities uniting to defend Great Lakes from Nestlé and water threats

September 25, 2017
Water is Life

On September 29-30, 2017, concerned residents from across Michigan, Ontario and Indigenous communities will gather for the Water Is Life: Strengthening the Great Lakes Commons summit in Flint, Michigan to organize and challenge Nestlé’s bottled water takings and Great Lakes threats and to promote human rights and water sovereignty.


WHAT: A community-based summit of Michigan, Ontario and Indigenous residents opposing commodification, privatization of water and honoring water sovereignty. Featured keynotes, panels and workshops will address how bottled water turns commons into commodities and how Great Lakes peoples can shift water ownership into guardianship and uphold the human right to clean water.

WHEN: Friday, September 29 to Saturday, September 30, 2017


Maude Barlow, The Council of Canadians
Holly Bird, Michigan Water Protectors Legal Task Force
Lila Cabbil, Detroit People’s Water Board
Bishop Bernadel L. Jefferson, CAUTION
Claire McClinton, Flint Democracy Defense League
Jim Olson, FLOW (For Love of Water)
WHERE: Woodside Church of Flint, 1509 E Court St, Flint, Michigan 48503

For more information, visit: strengtheningthegreatlakescommons.net.

For more information or to arrange interviews:

Dylan Penner, Media Officer, Council of Canadians, 613-795-8685, dpenner@canadians.org. Twitter: @CouncilOfCDNs

Media contact
For media calls:
Dylan Penner, Media Officer
Cell: (613) 795-8685
Office: (613) 233-4487, ext. 249
E-mail: dpenner@canadians.org

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The Council of Canadians 300-251 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 1X3

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