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By Mathew Scammell Drought conditions across the Prairies have been causing far-reaching implications in recent years (1). Water levels flowing into Southern Manitoba are at a 40-year low (2), and have been impacting agriculture, drinking water sources, and recreation. These impacts are also being felt by Northern Manitoba as well, with dry conditions also increasing the frequency of forest fires and reducing the ability of Manitoba (MB) Hydro to produce electricity. In recent reports, MB Hydro is now forecasting a large multimillion dollar deficit due to the lack of water available for its

By United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner Water is crucial to life. Rivers serve as the Earth’s arteries, conveying water, nutrients and sediments from the sources of rivers to oceans. The grave unsustainability of freshwater ecosystems not only degrades biodiversity, but also severely affects the lives and human rights of the most impoverished. Large dams break the sustainability of aquatic ecosystems and the sources of food and basic resources of riparian communities, forcing massive displacement. In November 2000, the World Commission on Dams presented the findi

by Emily Hayes on Sep 9, 2021  for RTO Insider "A critic of hydropower says politicians often make “vacuous statements about a particular energy source being clean, but that is not the case.” The Nation Anishnabe of Lac Simon in Quebec, seen here, says that hydropower dams and associated infrastructure have robbed the Anishnabe people of resources and their way of life. The New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC), a proposed $1.2 billion joint transmission project between Hydro-Québec and Avangrid has been advertised by its developers as a way to bring clean and responsible energ

USE THE SMALLEST AMOUNT OF PERSONAL ENERGY TO SAVE THE LARGEST AMOUNT OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY. By Michael Tyas In my previous article, “Don’t sweat the savings: How a warmer home can make saving a breeze, and let you live like royalty,” I explained how setting your air conditioner to ~26°C, when combined with moving air from a fan in the rooms you occupy, is the most comfortable, and cheapest, way to enjoy the summer. It utilizes your innate homeostasis (sweat) mechanisms to reach perfect equilibrium; you literally cannot feel better in your own skin any other way. Now, I want to ta

By Tanjina Tahsin The Indian Residential School educational system played a remarkable role in undermining Indigenous knowledge, language, and cultures and forceful assimilating Indigenous children to the colonization system. All these restricted the accessibility of Indigenous knowledge, language, and cultures to future generations. Ever since the closed down of the Residential Schools (in the late 1990s), the survivors of these schools have been sharing their personal stories of sexual, physical and emotional abuse by the teachers and administrators (1). The legacy of the annihilation is

By Tanjina Tahsin The primary goal of the camps is to provide Indigenous youth the opportunity to learn about the science: in water, plants, fish, wildlife, and human relationships with their environment through land-based teaching. Kis Kin Ha Ma Ki Win camps also provide the community a unique opportunity to build and strengthen the relationship between the youth and elders through sharing knowledge, stories, and cultural activities.   First camp of the season- Brokenhead Ojibway Nation Kis Kin Ha Ma Ki Win organized its first camp of the season in Brokenhead Ojibway Nation (

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