Freeing Chaudière Falls and its Islands

Freeing Chaudière Falls and its Islands

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About This Letter Writing Campaign

Start Date: October 8, 2014
End Date: Open
Campaign Website: http://www.FreeTheFalls.ca
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It began as a sacred site and meeting place for many First Nations. It was subjected to 200 years of industrial use and abuse that mostly enriched the few. We cannot let for-profit development overpower the land and water again. 

We invite all Canadians to return Chaudière Falls and its 3 islands in the Ottawa River to people-centred uses better suited to our times. The falls and adjoining islands must become a natural oasis and international gathering place fostering healing, unity, and reconciliation. 

What is it that needs to be reconciled? Canada’s relationship with Indigenous people. Canada’s relationship to the land and water that sit and flow in the heart of the nation’s capital. Canada’s relationship to promoting peace in the world.

The vision for Chaudière Falls and its 3 islands was held, during 30 of his 97 years, by Algonquin Elder William Commanda. He lobbied and he prayed for A Circle of All Nations. It is this vision that world-class Indigenous architect, Douglas Cardinal, honours and is carrying on.  

Let us be clear: the work we are doing involves all Canadians because each of us has a stake in creating a future of peace and justice. In this powerful place that sits waiting for our creative energy to bring it back to life, Canadians can show respect for nature, support national healing, uphold peace as a paramount Canadian value, and foster unity among peoples of the world. 

— ACTION ITEMS —

  1.  Please support the three demands as outlined in the “Call to Support Protection of Sacred Waterfalls Area” from four Algonquin First Nations.
  2.  Have your group or organization endorse the list of demands and communicate these to the relevant government officials — and individually write to these officials with your support of these demands, as well as questioning why no levels of government (except Quebec) have even acknowledged, let alone engaged with, the chiefs’ communications to them on this matter.
  3. List of email contacts:
    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, National Capital Commission chair Russell Mills, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, and Jonathan Westeinde of Windmill Development Group
    pm@pm.gc.caminister@aadnc-aandc.gc.capremier@ontario.cainfo@ncc-ccn.caJim.Watson@ottawa.camaire@gatineau.cahello@zibi.ca

Once you have written your letter, please post it to UnpublishedOttawa.com so it can be shared with interested Canadians! 

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