Posted on April 20th, 2011

Boreal Forest Network

Heart of the Boreal” Fort Garry Hotel, Provencher Room

222 Broadway Street, Winnipeg, Mb.

7-11pm, Friday evening

The Boreal Forest Network is pleased to present Maude Barlow, National Chair of the Council of Canadians, author and activist, at a free Earth Day forum, where she will speak to international water issues, privatization and trade agreements, and other pressing issues.

“This Earth Day, we celebrate the fact the the United Nations has just debated, for the first time, the need for a Universal Declaration of the Rights of Mother Earth. Modern humans regard nature as a great resource for our pleasure and profit and not as a living ecosystem which gives us life. Our relationship to nature must change, from one of exploitation to one of caring stewardship, ” said Barlow.

The Indigenous communities on the east side of Lake Winnipeg, who are leading the bid for an UNESCO World Heritage Site, because of the outstanding universal cultural and natural values of this pristine area, have taught us a lot about this relationship with the land.

“They call it the land that gives life. It’s the sum of its various eco-systems (trees, bushes, flowers, grasses, peat bogs, marshes, rivers, lakes, rock, cliffs, the plethora of animal life, some of it endangered) and it’s cultural and spiritual qualities, ” said Susanne McCrea, Executive Director of the Boreal Forest Network.

Conservation Minister, Bill Blaikie, will be at the event to speak on the province’s initiatives to support the World Heritage Site.

For interviews with Maude Barlow : Contact: Susanne McCrea
The Boreal Forest Network

(204) 297-0321
Cosponsored by the Winnipeg Chapter of the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.


7:10 Introductions and words from Lynne Fernadez, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Raging Grannies – song

7:30 Conservation Minister Bill Blaikie
Raging Grannies – song

8:00 Maude Barlow – KEYNOTE SPEAKER

9:00-9:30 Q & A
Raging Grannies – song

9:30-11pm – Reception Meet and Greet
refreshments/cash bar
Michelle Gregoire – live piano