2019 Water Summit

Join an international community of people & groups working together to ensure water justice throughout the Great Lakes Basin. This event is free to attend.

2019 Water is Life Alliance (WILA) Summit: Water Justice in a Climate Emergency

Friday, September 27, 2019 – Member Groups Only
Saturday, September 28, 2019 – Public Welcome
Sunday, September 29, 2019 – Member Groups Only

Register to attend on Eventbrite

Tentative Schedule

Friday, September 27 (Member Groups Only)
6:00 – 10:00 pm: Meeting followed by dinner and mingling

Saturday, September 28 (Public Welcome!!!)
8:00 – 9:00 am: Arrival, Registration Check-in
9:00 – 12:30 pm: Keynote Speakers
featuring…Maude Barlow, Lela George, and Claire McClinton (view speakers’ bio here)
12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch (please be sure to purchase your lunch when registering)
1:30 – 6:00 pm: Panel series and Q&A

  • Panel 1: Water Justice and Climate Change, with: Keith Brooks (Environmental Defence), Jana Levison (University of Guelph), Lara Treemore Spears (Wayne State University), Deb Hansen (Michigan Interfaith Power & Light).
  • Panel 2: Legal Frameworks for Water Justice, with Theresa McClenaghan (Canadian Environmental Law Association), Nick Leonard (Great Lakes Environmental Law Center).
  • Panel 3: First Nations and Water Justice, with Vanessa Gray and Beze Gray (Aamjiwnaang First Nation), Edward George (Saugeen First Nation), LJ Denemy (Anishinabe Odawa and Ojibwe).

8:00 – 10:00 pm: Live entertainment, featuring…James Gordon’s Emergency Climate Musical

Sunday, September 29 (Member Groups Only)
9:00 – 3:00 pm: WILA Member Meeting and strategy outlook

Who is WILA?
The Water is Life Alliance was formed at the 2017 Strengthening the Great Lakes Commons Summit, that was held in Flint, MI, USA. Dozens of grassroots nonprofits and tribal nations came together with a common goal of working together to protect the waters throughout the basin. We continue to work together to protect the sacred waters of the Great Lakes Basin and secure the human right to water in all our communities. Water is life, and we plan to protect it. Learn more about who we are here.

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