Broad coalition writes to Ontario premier

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Today RAN was part of a coalition that released a joint public letter to Ontario’s premier calling on him to implement his promises for the Northern Boreal with full respect for Indigenous rights.

The letter is here. The Canadian news release is here, and the U.S. one is on

It is worth noting that Canada’s largest union (CUPE National) and Canada’s largest private sector union (CAW) both signed onto the letter, along with enviro, faith based, youth, and other labor groups.

The signatories are:

Amnesty International
Christian Peacemaker Teams
CUPE National
CUPE Ontario
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
Mining Watch Canada
Rainforest Action Network
Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy, Ryerson University
Sierra Youth Coalition
Toronto & York Region Labour Council

The list would have been longer if not for the rush to get the letter out in a timely way.

An even larger coalition supported Grassy Narrows, KI, and Ardoch this past May as they gathered for four days and nights of ceremonies and rallies at the Provincial legislature. The gathering was attended by 3,000 people at its peak, and generated a lot of pressure for some of the very changes that the premier promised to implement only one month later.

11 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. James Hamilton says:

    Hoping you will implement the full meaning of the promises made…

  2. maddie says:

    Fantastic! This is one of the first steps in the right direction!

  3. Steven Handwerker says:

    We hope you will make a reality the words and promises made.

  4. Nancy Houghton says:

    This will be one of the biggest environmental ever implented and the right of the Native Peoples to their own land and how they want to use it, lets HOPE it is followed through with as promised.

  5. Tim Ritchie says:

    I hate to rain on your parade but i’ve seen too many promises broken and anouncements not follow through to believe any Canadian government gives a damn for First Nations or the Enviroment.I hope they prove me wrong.

  6. Ruth Uppena says:

    Ontario’s premier will certainly do the right thing, not?

  7. Deilyn Berdichevskaya says:

    I hope that Ontario’s Premier will follow through with the promiss

  8. Barrie Evans says:

    I do hope that this does go ahead, we have little time to make these changes, should we fail then, who knows how these changes will affect our future, lets us not get this wrong!!

    Barrie (Barru) Evans

  9. elissa rubin says:

    you must preserve the northern boreal

  10. nathalie smith says:

    Thank you for supporting this measure!

  11. Sue Williams says:

    Thank you RAN and Greenpeace. I hope this means Kimberly Clark will be pressured to stop buying trees from the clear-cut Boreal Forest.

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