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Petition to Sarah Guillemard, The Honourable Marc Miller, The Honourable Carolyn Bennett

Prevent Disastrous Intentional Flooding of South Indian Lake Indigenous Lands!!!

SAVE THE LAND, LAKES & PEOPLE OF SOUTH INDIAN LAKE from continued ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION! #WATERISLIFE Manitoba Hydro, a crown corporation, flooded and destroyed the land at O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation/South Indian Lake in 1974 when they diverted the Churchill River to generate Hydroelectric power.   In doing so, they caused immeasurable environmental devastation to the lands, rivers, and lakes- destroying entire ecosystems and polluting aquatic and non-aquatic wildlife.  The socio-economic effects of this mass destruction in the name of progress have been immeasurable to the community's Indigenous people and are still being felt today.  In 1973, Manitoba Hydro was granted an Interim Licence that allowed operation and fluctuations of 2 feet over a twelve-month period, much like fluctuations in nature. Manitoba Hydro has not followed the terms of the Interim Licence since 1979! Manitoba Hydro has deviated from the Interim Licence, called the Augmented Flow Program (AFP), which allows 6 additional inches of flooding, 1 foot of further dewatering, and 4.5 feet of lake fluctuation. This operation is devasting and unnecessary for current Manitoba needs! Regrettably, on May 13, 2021, the Minister of Conservation and Climate, Sarah Guillemarde, granted MANITOBA HYDRO a final licence for the Augmented Flow Program.  Augment just means increase or raise, and they have raised water levels greatly- causing MASS ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION! What is truly problematic is that the Minister falsely stated in a press release that the decision was made after “decades-long consultation with Indigenous communities.” Consultation is meaningless if it is done merely as lip service and a formality. Consultation must actually be implemented and this has not been the case. What would we like to see happen?Ultimately, we want the province of Manitoba to rescind their issuance of a final “licence to destroy” to Manitoba Hydro. Manitoba Hydro is a crown corporation and is owned by the province, which puts the province in a serious position of conflict of interest. In order to do the right thing, they must recuse themselves and have a neutral, third party examine the issue, following actual, meaningful consultation and implementation of Indigenous people’s concerns. Now, we are calling upon the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT to intervene. This is not solely a provincial issue because it involves Indigenous lands and Indigenous peoples!!!! Manitoba is required under the Constitution of Canada to conduct a section 35 consultation regarding the Churchill River Diversion Final Licence issuance regarding potential impacts on Aboriginal & Treaty Rights. Once again, despite fictitious claims to the contrary; this did not happen! Chief Shirley Ducharme of South Indian Lake has been very clear on her opposition to this project. She has called repeatedly for meaningful consultation and action. It doesn’t seem like Manitoba Hydro is listening to her and it’s unfortunate. We'd like to see Manitoba Hydro engage in meaningful consultation with South Indian Lake, Split Lake, Cross Lake, and other impacted First Nations. A community member in South Indian Lake who led the consultation process has said repeatedly and publicly that he’s frustrated he went through the process of engaging community members, but that Manitoba Hydro rejected the views of the community and there has been no follow-up. When the Minister issued a Final Licence to Manitoba Hydro without the required meaningful consultation under Sec. 35 and more importantly, Accommodation of the impacts on Aboriginal & Treaty Rights as required by the Canadian Constitution of 1982- she did so in violation of the Constitution! In sum, please support us by signing this petition and asking MP Marc Miller and MP Carolyn Bennett to rescind  Manitoba Hydro's issuance of a final license to destroy the land, water, wildlife, and Indigenous peoples in Northern Manitoba!  The honour of the Crown is at stake and our rights as Canadians are collectively being violated! The provincial government of Manitoba MUST NOT get away with these vile actions! Kinanaskomitinawaw (thank you, with extreme gratitude) for your support! We must protect our environment and preserve it for future generations to come!

Angela Levasseur
55,172 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to John Tory

City of Toronto: Endorse the Plant Based Treaty to Stop Climate Change!

Read the Plant Based Treaty here Dear Mayor John Tory, We know you are committed to addressing climate change and continuing to make Toronto a leader for sustainability. As a resident of Toronto, I am concerned about our city's lack of action on food systems as a key contributor to climate change. We are calling for the City of Toronto to endorse the Plant Based Treaty. There is a climate, ocean and biodiversity crisis. Fossil fuels and animal agriculture are the driving force behind runaway global warming as well as extensive biodiversity loss, large-scale deforestation, species extinction, water depletion, soil degradation and ocean dead zones. Addressing fossil fuels alone is not enough — we need action on food systems too; that’s where the Plant Based Treaty comes in. The three main greenhouse gases — carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are at record levels and rapidly accelerating; animal agriculture contributes to all three but is the main driver of methane and nitrous oxide emissions globally. Scientists warned in the IPCC sixth assessmentthat we need to cut methane or face collapse. Lead reviewer Durwood Zaelke said methane reductions were probably the only way of preventing temperature rises of 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, otherwise extreme weather will increase and several planetary tipping pointscould be triggered, from which there is no coming back. Zaelke points out that “cutting methane is the biggest opportunity to slow warming between now and 2040. We need to face this emergency.” In short, the three greenhouse gases must be tackled both urgently and with equal measure. Plant-based and soft energy solutions that can mitigate this disaster are within our grasp — we just need to implement them. As a companion to the UNFCCC/Paris Agreement, the Plant Based Treaty is a landmark international treaty and first of its kind to put food systems at the heart of combating the climate crisis. The Treaty aims to halt the widespread degradation of critical ecosystems caused by animal agriculture, to promote a shift to more healthy, sustainable plant-based diets and to actively reverse damage done to planetary functions, ecosystem services and biodiversity. The Plant Based Treaty has three core principles:  1. RELINQUISHNo land use change, ecosystem degradation or deforestation for animal agriculture 2. REDIRECTAn active transition away from animal-based food systems to plant-based systems 3. RESTOREActively restore key ecosystems, particularly restoring forests and rewilding landscapes There are 14 ways that cities specifically can help. Please add the following to the agenda at future committee meetings: 1. Declare a climate emergency.2. Endorse the Plant Based Treaty to encourage national governments to negotiate plant based solutions to the climate crisis.3. Encourage your city to explore and incorporate plant based solutions in the city’s Climate Action Plan.4. Cater institutional events with local, vegan foods.5. Encourage plant-based options at local restaurants and provide incentives.6. Promote plant-based at local city festivals, city cleanups and other events.7. Commit to ordering plant based meals for meetings and conferences. 8. Encourage employees and coworkers to eat plant based at lunch.9. Transition your work cafeteria to plant-based and set meaningful goals and a timeline.10. Switch to plant meals at day care centers, retirement homes and other jurisdictions the city oversees.11. Allocate advertising dollars to inform the public about how eating plant based diets plays a crucial role in helping to reverse the climate crisis.12. Invest in community gardens and farmer’s markets to help improve access to healthy food and fresh produce and improve community involvement and connectivity.13. Plant urban forests and trees to lower summer daytime temperature, provide habitat for wildlife and a reduction of greenhouse gases. Orchards and forest gardens in the city can provide healthy and fresh sources of fruits for urban residents.14. Commit to making fresh fruits and vegetables accessible and affordable in food deserts where healthy food options are restricted or nonexistent due to absence of grocery stores and farmer’s markets within convenient traveling distances. Thank you!

Nika Moeini
52 supporters