“We’re all in this fight together to sustain a blue planet and make sure water is available to everybody.”

CUPE National Indigenous Council and CUPE 1870 member, Leo Cheverie, is of Inuk ancestry from Labrador — his home community in geographic terms is East Point, P.E.I.

P.E.I. is particularly vulnerable to water shortages, as its sole source of drinking water comes from the ground. Small farms are being replaced by large, monocultural farms whose pesticides and chemicals run off into waterways. “Water, globally, is in short supply and needs to be protected.”

Watch and listen to his story about Indigenous water protectors and the urgency of coming together to protect our most precious resource.

Then take the pledge to listen, learn and act: