Shawnigan Lake Residents and IdleNoMore Come Together to Walk for the Watershed and Save Our Shawnigan Water!
by IdleNoMore and Shawnigan Watershed RoundtableApril 20, 2013
SHAWNIGAN LAKE, BC ― Residents of Shawnigan Lake and the IdleNoMore movement will Walk for the Watershed on Sunday, April 21st. Participants will meet at the Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre, leaving Duncan at 8am to walk to Shawnigan Lake to meet musicians, entertainers and concerned citizens at the rally for 2pm.
"The exiting government and the incoming government need to hear us when we say hands off our drinking water" says Georgia Collins, chair of the Shawnigan Watershed Roundtable, who will walk all the way from Duncan to Shawnigan Lake, greeting the residents and massive welcoming committee in the Shawnigan Lake Village. "To put any contaminants, not to mention some of the most pernicious chemicals in the world, at the headwaters of a drinking water supply is entirely inappropriate."
Collins will join Shawna Green from IdleNoMore who, like others in this movement, recognizes the importance of water.
“Water is sacred and a home for fish and wildlife, we can stand up for the land, water, and the animals. Please join us and come add your voice. Let's rally in support of saving the water in Shawnigan Lake. Huy ch q'u for your support.” Green says.
"Environment Minister Terry Lake has given us his personal assurance that our drinking water is not at risk," Collins says. "We want him to know that the risk is too high. He guarantees there is no pollution today, but I don't think he can guarantee it for 5, 10 or 50 years down the road. Liners do leak".
This walk and rally demonstrate the need for everyone to work together to create a government and a society that prioritizes people’s health and the health and safety of our drinking water supplies.
Members of the public and media are encouraged to attend the walk and rally.
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For further information, please contact:
Shawna Green, IdleNoMore
Georgia Collins, Chair of the Shawnigan Watershed Roundtable