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Water Declaration of the Anishinaabek, Mushkegowuk and Onkwehonwe

The Chiefs in Ontario office released a water declaration titled "Water Declaration of the Anishinaabek, Mushkegowuk and Onkwehonwe" in 2008. The goal of the Water Declaration is to assist First Nation communities in dealing with the water challenges they face. The Water Declaration speaks to the relationship of First Nation peoples to the waters, the condition of the waters, water rights and treaties, and self determination. The Water Declaration is a tool that can assist all peoples in protecting the waters from contamination.

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The Soft Path for Water in a Nutshell

Many Canadians believe that our fresh water resources are boundless. The truth is that only a small proportion of our water is renewable and located close to where most Canadians live. Continuing to take more and more water from nature while ignoring wasteful use at farms, factories and households will likely lead us to an arid future of our own making. The best way to secure the future for fresh water is to develop a plan that draws all “new” water from better use of existing supplies and to change habits and attitudes.

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