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GLIN==> Great Lakes United annual meeting, June 6-8

Dear Great Lakes citizen,

We need you with us!

Join us the weekend of June 6 through 8 for our 21st annual meeting in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. See the meeting agenda below for more details.

Join us in discussing crucial plans and opportunities for a comprehensive basin restoration campaign and the release of the "Great Lakes Green Book: A Citizens' Action Agenda for Restoring the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Ecosystem." The Action Agenda is the culmination of a year's collaboration by over thirty organizations throughout the basin. Together we have developed a grassroots set of goals, targets, and strategies that will help anchor and strengthen all Great Lakes restoration work. A panel of political experts will discuss opportunities and strategies for moving the Action Agenda and the restoration process forward.

Our site for this year's annual meeting is the beautiful Native Education Centre at Sault College, in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Just minutes away is a city that offers an outstanding natural environment and rests on the shores of the St. Marys River.

Carpooling from distant points may be available. Call us with your needs and we will try to match you with others who can provide a solution for you.

Registration / rooms / food
Connect to our registration brochure (in Acrobat PDF format) to register, reserve a room, and obtain meals during your stay, all inexpensively. Or call the Buffalo office at 716-886-01452 to register and arrange room and board verbally.

Great Lakes United
21st Annual General Meeting

Voices from the Upper Lakes:
Restoring the Great Lakes -- St. Lawrence River Ecosystem

June 6th to 8th, Sault College, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario


Pre-meeting events

8:00-5:00   Field trips: Lock tours, North Shore hikes, etc.

Special sessions

1:00-3:00   Great Lakes waterkeepers programs

3:00-5:00   Great Lakes navigation

7:00           Opening reception



8:30    Welcome
                Lynda Lukasik, President Great Lakes United
                Hilda Syrette, Elder, Batchewana First Nation Ojibway       
                John Roswell, Mayor, Sault Ste. Marie

9:00    Plenary 1: Upper Lakes Issues
                Upper Lakes fishery issues -- Mike Ripley, Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority
                Land use issues -- Brennain Lloyd, Northwatch
                Toxic issues -- Jane Reyer, National Wildlife Federation
                Water levels and flows -- Great Lakes United

10:30  Break

10:45  Plenary 2:  Basics of Tribal/First Nations Treaty Rights and Sovereignty
                Kathryn Tierney, Bay Mills Indian Community
                Earl Commanda, Serpent River First Nation

11:45  Concurrent sessions
                Restoring Greatness to Government: A Review of Great Lakes Institutions -- Dave Dempsey,  Michigan Environmental Council
                Traditional Ecological Knowledge and opportunities for collaboration -- to be announced
                Growth Management - Keith Schneider, Michigan Land Use Institute; Debbe Day Crandall, Save the Oak Ridges Moraine

12:30  Lunch.  Indigenous Peoples Caucus and Labor Caucus meetings

1:45    Call for board nominations from the floor

2:00    Plenary 3: Strategies for Great Lakes Restoration
        Presentation: Citizens Action Agenda release and overview -- Great Lakes United
        Respondents: Strategies for implementation
                Charles Caccia, Member of Parliament, Canada
                Tony Martin, Member Provincial Parliament, Sault Ste. Marie
                Dana Debel, Environmental Advisor to the Governor, Michigan
                Allegra Cangelosi, Northeast Midwest Institute, Washington D.C.

4:00    Concurrent Task Force sessions
                Habitat and Biodiversity
                Sustainable Waters
                Clean Production
                Nuclear-Free Green Energy 
                Healthy Communities

5:30    Adjourn

6:30    Dinner
                Keynote - Charles Caccia, MP, Chair, Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development: "What Ever Happened to Ground Water?"
                Presentation of John Manty Award, silent auction

8:00     English-language premier of Great Lakes United video: River to River Project in Niger, Africa



8:45     GLU business meeting:  president's, executive director's, and treasurers' reports; board elections

9:30     Voting on policy resolutions

10:30   Action Agenda "Let's Do It!" -- campaign planning        

11:30   Closing


Reg Gilbert
Senior Coordinator
Great Lakes United

Buffalo State College, Cassety Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave.
Buffalo, New York, 14222

Fax: -0303