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Water is Life: continuing to strengthen a Great Lakes Commons

Last fall about 200 people met in Flint Michigan to learn about water injustices in Ontario and Michigan and to also organize for change.  

March 14, 2018 is a critical next step for connecting across issues, borders, and ancestry. Join this online forum to hear updates on the issues and opportunities. See/share the event page and don't forget to RSVP so we can send you the connect information.

Nestlé's bottled water takings, the privatization of water infrastructure and the pollution of water impact Great Lakes communities and violate Indigenous treaty rights. Residents, Indigenous representatives and water groups came together in Flint, Michigan last September to oppose the commodification and privatization of water, and honor water sovereignty.


  • Lila Cabbil, Detroit People's Water Board
  • Peggy Case, Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation
  • Emma Lui, Council of Canadians
  • Karen Rathwell, Wellington Water Watchers
  • Desmond Berry, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians
  • Other speakers tbc

- Facilitated by Paul Baines, Great Lakes Commons

Join us on March 14 to continue to talk about how Great Lakes peoples can take action to shift water ownership into guardianship and uphold the human right to clean water.

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New Charter Toolkit

We are proud and excited to share news to all our Charter supporters about our fresh set of learning and organizing resources.

What actions can we take to bring about a Great Lakes commons?

A bundle of gifts is now ready to help answer this question and enliven the Great Lakes Commons Charter across the basin. With your energy fake, this Charter Toolkit can support more people, communities, and campaigns collaborating on the Great Lakes Commons vision. We welcome your feedback on how these resources can be adopted, improved, and expanded.

The Charter Toolkit currently includes:

  • the Charter Declaration in 5 Great Lakes languages
  • native and non-native water governance introductions
  • ways-of-knowing workshop outlines
  • a series of water-commons conversation starters and concepts
  • a set of community organizing practices.

 Photo by  Daphne Randall

Photo by Daphne Randall