WHAT AYO! DID
Winnipeg Water Wednesday has taken various forms throughout the years and has been stewarded by various groups in what we now call the village. It began as an Idle No More Winnipeg response to Sovereignty Summer in 2013, and continued as an education and advocacy initiative under AYO, Got Bannock and others.
Hosted 9 events with Idle No More Winnipeg in Memorial Park to educate Winnipeggers about Water issues including Shoal Lake 40 and Lake Winnipeg. Launched Speakers Corner Videos, the Water Wednesday Banner and an informational website.
Hosted 6 events with Idle No More Winnipeg and Got Bannock, also supported the Honour the Source Campaign for Shoal Lake 40 Freedom Road
These 4 events came only in August of this year as AYO assumed leadership of this initiative from INM. Partners included Univerity of Winnipeg Student Association and for the 3rd year in a row, local water band TWIN.
No official Memorial Park gatherings as originally planned, but AYO supported Friends of Shoal Lake 40 and 13 Fires Winnipeg in their activities on water throughout the year. Also encourage others to host gatherings by putting together online resources
Winnipeg Water Wednesday 2016
Winnipeg Water Wednesday in 2016 was intended to be 2 months worth of gatherings. In the end, Water Wednesdays as they existed from 2013-2015 did not happen at the Memorial Park Fountain. However, several other groups such as Friends of Shoal Lake 40 and 13 Fires Winnipeg took up the mantle of Water protection and organized several every powerful events throughout the year focusing on Water protection and specifically Shoal Lake 40
Later in 2016, the water protectors at Standing Rock garnered national and international attention, spurring us at AYO to re-design our Water Wednesday resources for all of you!
Winnipeg Water Wednesday 2015
Winnipeg Water Wednesday in 2015 was 4 events focused on educating and moving to action Winnipeggers around local water concerns. If you, like us, have been alarmed at the challenges facing our water in Winnipeg, Shoal Lake 40, Lake Manitoba and other threatened waters - please come out and share your knowledge or information with us. Let's work together to protect our waters and the future of our communities.
When: All events are on Wednesdays in August, beginning at 6pm
What: Bring information, knowledge and other water related resources/action items you'd like to share
Where: Memorial Park Fountain - 470 York Ave
Poster Design by Justin Larrivee
Winnipeg Water Wednesday 2014
Winnipeg Water Wednesday in 2014 was 6 events focused on educating and moving to action Winnipeggers around local water concerns.
This year Idle No More partnered primarily with Got Bannock but also included church groups, radio stations, university groups, and scientists! This was one of our most exciting years ever where AYO began to take over some of the main organizing roles.
It was this year where we really hit our stride with MOVERS & SHAKERS a fantastic activity that allows for us to get our message out in rush hour traffic without causing any additional delays!
We also had a website called onewinnipeg.ca that helped us keep organized, as well as idlenomoremanitoba.com, both of which are no longer in use.
Winnipeg Water Wednesday 2013
Winnipeg Water Wednesday in 2013 was 9 events over July & August organized by Idle No More Manitoba, of which AYO was one of many organizers. We regularly recorded short videos we called SPEAKERS CORNER, check out one of the videos here. We also created our original Water Wednesday Banner this year!
"Water Wednesdays," a nine-week art project that will draw attention to what organizers say is the federal government's "reckless stewardship of our water resources." The project is a call to action by the Idle No More movement, which held protests across the country earlier this year in opposition to the federal Conservative government's controversial omnibus budget legislation. Protesters and First Nations leaders have said there was a lack of consultation on changes to the bill regarding environmental protection regulations. The federal bill has since passed into law, but Idle No More organizers in Winnipeg say that won't stop them from calling for change. (Source: CBC)