Water Walk and Advocacy Ideas

Children place chickpeas and kidney beans on a map of Pikangikum to represent houses with and without clean water in their home.

Children place chickpeas and kidney beans on a map of Pikangikum to represent houses with and without clean water in their home.

In the Fall of 2016, the PWRDF Committee of the Diocese of Montreal embarked on an educational journey to learn more about clean water rights in First Nations communities, specifically, Pikangikum, Ontario.

Here are the resources they developed.

Diocesan Rep Introduction letter

This Word document is intended to be sent to parishes within your Diocese by the PWRDF Diocesan Representative, but it can be easily customized to your unique situation.

Information Brochure

A bulletin size information insert for easy distribution (print out using “booklet” function). Download the PDF or Word document here.

Letter writing campaign templates

Helpful hints regarding sending letters to:

  • Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Minister of Health
  • Minister of Families, Children and Social Development

Confirm the names of the current ministers here.

There are three letter templates for each minister in this Word document. Adapt the templates with the correct date and your church letterhead, then make copies of all three (or draft your own) for each participating member of your congregation.

Each participating member should sign and send the appropriate letter to each of the three ministers. This will be easier if you provide addressed envelopes.

IMPORTANT: When posting a letter to a Canadian Government Minister NO stamp is required!

This is a community effort so you might gather after church and do it together. Envelopes decorated by the children would reflect our joy in trying to make a difference.

Sunday School ideas

Further resources