2020 Events

10am, September 21. Walking the Talk: activating for the water.

The People’s Water Campaign is making connections between Ontario-based water injustices. This session focuses on various expressions and experiences protecting water as shared commons and sacred gift. One of the goals for the September 26th PWC Watershed 2020 digital convention is an invitational statement that supports this growing movement. Join Paul Baines and Tasha Beeds to learn about the written and experiential ways water protectors are stepping into their leadership roles. 

10am - 4pm, September 26. Watershed 2020: towards a water justice agenda.

A virtual convention to define the pathway towards a water justice agenda in Ontario! With plenary sessions, special guests, workshops, working sessions, networking, on-demand content, and an Expo Area featuring digital booths from local organizations, we’ll come together to restore environmental protections for water security and help build the movement for water justice in Ontario.

7pm, Monday July 13. All Eyes on Nestlé: is this really goodbye?

A webinar to discuss the implications of Nestlé's decision to sell operations in Wellington County and Hope BC to Ice River and next steps in the Say No To Nestlé campaign.

10am, Tuesday, July 14. Resisting Water Privatization: from Mapleton ON to Berlin, Germany

Wellington Water Watchers is hosting a webinar on the threat that public private partnership pose to public water systems in Canada. 

WaterDocs Festival, March 25-29, Toronto (postponed until further notice)

The CSJ Blue Community project will be a sponsor for this year’s Water Docs festival. Contact Paul for free tickets and volunteer at the information table. The festival is the centrepiece of Water Docs programming – several days of high-impact films, animated discussions and community learning, with opportunities to take action to protect water.

Save Our Water is going to Queen's Park on February 27th, Toronto

The path to ban water for profit in Ontario is stopping in Toronto. Save Our Water is based in Elora Ontario and has been working to end Nestlés plans for another bottling plant in this Grand River community. RSVP with the link above so they can prepare for you too. 

Being Salmon, Being Human: the performance, January 26-Feb 3, Toronto, Lindsay, Peterborough, Cobourg, Montreal

Converting wild salmon into a commodity is a global fairytale that strips us of ancient and ancestral relations with the gift-giving earth. Weaving storytelling, traditional and contemporary music, this performance activates our senses, asks for a critical restoration and re-storying of what it means to be a human living within a larger body. BEING SALMON, BEING HUMAN is a unique storytelling performance from Norway combining traditional tales, original music, and contemporary philosophy.

Water is the First Medicine, January 11, Villa St. Joseph Ecology & Spirituality Centre, Cobourg

Presentation and discussion about the CSJ Blue Community project and protecting water as a human right, shared commons, and sacred gift. 

Common Waters: Climate, Conservation & Community,  November 7, Toronto

As a direct response to the recent Climate Strikes that have successfully gathered so many people who care about their environment and the implications of climate change, Surf the Greats and Water First are organizing a special event to disseminate ideas, ignite discourse and affect change. Click on the event title to RSVP and see more information.

2019 Events

All Eyes On Nestlé, November 11-14th

You are invited to attend one (or more!) of a series of public events Wellington Water Watchers is sponsoring the week of Nov. 11th – 14th. International speakers from communities impacted by Nestlé water taking will speak about their experience opposing Nestlé.


There will be four public events (see dates, locations and RSVP links below).

The first three events – in Waterloo, Toronto and Hamilton - will feature Franklin Frederick (Brazilian writer and political/ environmental activist now living in Switzerland), and Bernhard and Rene Lisee Schmitt (founders of Collectif Eau 88 in Vittel France).

The fourth event in Guelph on Thursday Nov 14th will include speakers from communities in Maine, Florida and Michigan. Learn about the impact of Nestlé water bottling in communities around the world and learn more about how to

take action to protect water and Say No To Nestlé water bottling in Ontario.

  • Monday Nov 11th, Waterloo, The Atrium, Renison University College, 240 Westmount Rd. N. 7-9pm (RSVP Here)

  • Tuesday Nov 12th, Toronto, Wilson Hall Lounge, 2nd Floor Wilson Hall at New College, 40 Willcocks St. Toronto, 7-9pm (RSVP Here)

  • Wednesday Nov. 13th, Hamilton, Joseph’s Church Hall, 280 Herkimer St, 7-9pm (RSVP Here)

  • Thursday, Nov 14th, Guelph, Trinity United Church, 400 Stevenson St. N. 7-9pm (RSVP Here)


Water Justice in a Climate Emergency, Sept 26-29

Join an international community of people & groups working together to ensure water justice throughout the Great Lakes Basin. Speakers include: Maude Barlow, Lela George, Holly T. Bird, and Claire McClinton. Western University, Deshkan Ziibi watershed, London, Ontario. This event is free to attend.

All Nations Grand River Water Walk, June 15-21

A Water Walk that encompasses both Indigenous and non Indigenous Allies from one end of the Grand River to the other: Support The Grand River.

Water Gathering with the Credit River (Mississauga), July 12-14

We are excited and honoured to let you know about a gathering with and for the water. We invite you to come and meet, discuss and hold ceremony together for the waters for future generations. We will hold water ceremony, share water teachings and offer traditional healing!

2019 World Water Day Events

WaterDocs Film Festival, Toronto, March 5, -24


Join the Blue Communities project at the final screening, 3pm on Sunday March 24 since we have been given time and space to share our work with a public. If you'd like a free ticket to this screening contact Paul before March 8th.

The Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians, London, March 22. 

All are invited to join us as we will be holding a rally to bring awareness on the importance of water and the abuse that has been done to it by water bottling companies.

Nibi Giizhigat, Sault Ste. Marie, March 22

Meet at 180 Gore Street, 7am Sunrise Ceremony, 8:30 breakfast and water teachings, and 11am water walk along Gore Street to the waterfront for more words and prayers. Open to everyone. Contact Taylor Jobin for more information: 705-297-5435

Protect Our Water, Protect Our Plan, Sutton, March 23,

Get together to celebrate Lake Simcoe and the power of water during water week. Interactive educational materials, art and sign making, kid friendly, speakers corner, learn about the Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition's priorities for the review of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan, and more!

Pancake Breakfast for Sacred Water Walk, Peterborough, March 23

10th Annual Water Walk Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser and Public Information Program. Gluten Free and vegan meals provided as well as the full on sausage, bacon, pancakes, maple syrup, fruit, coffee, tea, juices and many wonderful contributions.

Past Events

10th Annual Water Walk in the Kawarthas

The Walk around Rice Lake will begin with a Water Ceremony at Friday noon, May 10, at the Bensfort Bridge on County Rd 2. We will return here to complete the Walk on Sunday late afternoon, May 12. Great way to honour Mother's Day.

Reconciliation in Our Watershed, May 15, Toronto

What are the traditional Indigenous names of the places where you live? What shapes the geology and history of this region? Join us for an interactive workshop on understanding more deeply the physical spaces in which we live, that we might grow in love of the places we call home.

Decolonization and Climate Change, May 22 & 23, 2019

A panel discussion at the Mary Ward Centre (Toronto) hosted by Joint Ecological Ministry (JEM). Speakers include Sylvia McAdam (Idle No More), Jennifer Henry (KAIROS), Delaney Greig (SHARE), Karri Munn-Venn (Citizens for Public Justice), and Paul Baines (CSJ Blue Community).

Fall of 2018, the Council of Canadians are touring this book featuring a chapter on water privatization by Emma Lui. Check the book's event page to find an event near you.

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November 21, Wellington Water Watchers 2018 AGM & Water For Life Celebration 

Attend and promote this London event for protecting water in 2018.

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