Water is the essence of life. According to the federal government, “everyone in Canada should have access to safe, clean drinking water.” In 2015, the federal government made efforts to end long term-drinking water advisories in First Nations communities. While we acknowledge that 136 long-term drinking water advisories have been lifted as of October 2022, 30 advisories are still in effect in 26 communities, some of which have been in place for over 25 years. Water deemed unsafe could contain disease, viruses, bacteria or parasites. Those in First Nations communities under advisory have not been able to use common tap water without first bringing it to a rolling boil. This constitutes a major health crisis and a gross violation of the basic rights of First Nations peoples in Canada. First Nations communities should not have to live under these conditions in one of the richest countries on Earth. The water advisories must end now. We demand the Liberal government declare a public health emergency and act immediately with their provincial counterparts to rectify this situation immediately. We demand the government invest resources and ensure proper funding to develop the publicly owned infrastructure necessary to end all water advisories in First Nations communities throughout Canada.
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Documentary - 47 minutes
The 47-minute documentary, called The Voice for Independent Unions in Canada, illustrates the CCU's dedication to the establishment of a democratic, independent labour movement, its newfound working relationship with the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), and its commitment to growth and renewal.
The documentary also focuses on the struggles of labour activists inside the CCU, its proud history, its work with social justice activists in Canada and around the globe, and the new economic challenges of wage stagnation and growing inequality.
The documentary will be submitted to over 50 film and documentary festivals in Canada and around the world in 2014 and 2015, including the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto Hot Docs Festival.
Be sure to watch the documentary in full screen and High Definition. Click on the little wheel in the bottom right corner of the video to the left of the YouTube icon, and then press 1080p HD. For full screen, simply press the little square to the right of the YouTube icon. Director and Editor: Sean Cain Executive Producer: Joanie Cameron Pritchett