World Water Day: A Conversation on Safe, Clean Water for All | Mar 22, 2018
THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018 @ 7:00 to 9:00 PM (Doors at 6:30)
REGINA, mâmawêyatitân centre, 3355 6th Ave| Google Maps
In recognition of United Nations #WorldWaterDay 2018, join us at the mâmawêyatitân centre for a conversation about the current state of local and global water. Doors open at 6:30.
World Water Day is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Come out to learn from a panel of local experts on the state of watersheds and threats to water in Saskatchewan, the status of water on First Nations in Saskatchewan, the effect of climate change on water supplies, changing human waste from a threat to water supplies to a source of valuable and nutrient rich fertilizer and more! Meet local groups that are working toward clean, safe water for all and learn what’s being done, what needs to be done, and what we can do to make progress towards achieving accessible, clean water at home and around the globe.
We’ll be joined by Brandy-Lee Maxie, Jane Anweiler, and Dr. Jim Harding.
About our Panelists
Brandy-Lee Maxie will speak about her experiences in Standing Rock and beyond with divestment campaigns. Brandy is from the White Bear First Nations and originally from the Carry the Kettle Nakoda Nation. Her parents’ home has not had clean drinking water for more than 30 years, resulting in them having to haul water from a nearby town every day.
Jane Anweiler will discuss the protection of our watersheds by transforming human waste from a threat into nutrient rich fertilizer. Jane has lived in Saskatchewan her whole life and considers herself to be a prairie person to the core. Her family has a summer cottage in the beautiful Qu’Appelle Valley where she spent every childhood summer with her brother and three sisters.
Dr. Jim Harding will discuss threats to Saskatchewan watersheds and the importance of taking action. Jim is the founding director of the Qu’Appelle Valley Environmental Association, a watershed protection activist network, and is a retired professor of environmental and justice studies. He has authored several books and writes a weekly column on sustainability, speaking strongly for a peaceful, ecologically healthy, and nuclear-free society. He has been active in local government for the last decade and has previously served as Mayor of Fort San.
Access to water is recognised as a human right, yet in 2015, an estimated 663 million people didn’t have access to safe drinking water.
Today, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio. In Canada, as of Sept 2017, Health Canada reported 144 drinking water advisories in 98 First Nations communities, including 30 in Saskatchewan. 101 of these advisories have been in place for more than one year, and are considered long-term.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #6 – agreed to by 193 countries in 2015 – committed Canada to achieve clean water and sanitation for all by 2030.