Community gathers to hold Sacred Water Ceremony, call on federal government to take action on the water crisis that is facing so many First Nations in Canada

Victoria - Members of local First Nations and the Public Service Alliance of Canada are pleased to be holding a Sacred Water Ceremony on the territory known as Lekwungen of Songhees & Esquimalt First Nations on December 10th, International Human Rights Day.

The community, including Local politicians, federal government workers and members of the Indigenous community on Vancouver Island are coming together to raise awareness about the safe drinking water in First Nations communities and to remind the Liberal government of their pledge to end boil-water advisories on First Nations reserves within the next five years.  

Access to clean and safe water is a basic human right. More than 100 Indigenous communities in Canada currently have no access to safe drinking water.

Date: Saturday December 10, 2016

Time: 1PM to 4PM

Location: begins at Douglas Street at Dallas Road, Victoria – full itinerary at

Participants and Speakers:

  • Elder Joan Morris Lekwungen, Songhees First Nation
  • Elizabeth May, Leader, Green Party of Canada
  • Bob Jackson, PSAC Regional Executive Vice President, BC
  • Michael Ballard, PSAC National Aboriginal Peoples’ Circle
  • Colleen Girard, PSAC BC Regional Council
  • Paul Jones, Vancouver Island Human Rights Committee

The Sacred Water Ceremony is co-sponsored by the Public Service Alliance of Canada National Aboriginal Peoples’ Circle and Victoria Human Rights Committee.

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For more information: Dave Jackson, PSAC, cell: (778) 977-0584

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