CFUW Resolutions

Proposed Resolutions for 2016/17

RESOLUTION #1

The Right to Safe, Clean, Accessible and Affordable Drinking Water and Sanitation on First Nations Reserves in Canada

Proposed by: The University Women’s Club of Winnipeg

 Whereas while most municipal water systems in Canada do deliver safe, clean, frequently tested drinking water and sanitation services, the majority of rural Canadians who lack these services are predominantly reserve-based First Nations people who, because of shared jurisdiction with the Government of Canada, are not currently included under the Canada Clean Water Act and its Regulations,

Whereas many First Nations people consider water a sacred trust which women have a special responsibility to protect,

Whereas the right to “safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation” is a human right according to a resolution adopted by United Nations General Assembly in 2010,

Whereas the Canadian federal government adopted the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People “without qualification” in 2016, and therefore be it

Resolved, that the Canadian Federation of University Women urges the Federal, Provincial and territorial governments of Canada to move expeditiously to secure access to safe, clean, accessible and affordable drinking water and sanitation for all residents of all First Nations Reserves; and

Resolved, that the Canadian Federation of University Women urges the Federal, Provincial and territorial governments to develop inclusive national water standards as well as five and ten-year plans of action to ensure the funds allocated are adequate and utilized for sustainable solutions, including appropriate training and certification of Reserve residents to ensure regular monitoring and maintenance.

RESOLUTION #2

Universal Pharmacare

Proposed by: University Women’s Club of North York

WHEREAS Canada is the only country with a universal health care system that does not cover the cost of prescription drugs,

WHEREAS the current patchwork system of providing prescription drugs to Canadians is neither adequate nor sustainable,

WHEREAS a universal national drug coverage plan that is public and affordable would ensure access for all Canadians; and therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) urges the federal, provincial and territorial governments of Canada to work collaboratively to implement universal Pharmacare, a publicly funded drug plan that would cover medically necessary prescription drugs for all Canadians, regardless of their ability to pay.

RELATED POLICIES:
Health Care Delivery Services (Romanow Report), CFUW 2003 Edmonton

 RESOLVED, that the Canadian Federation of University Women urges the federal, provincial and territorial governments of Canada to work collaboratively to implement the recommendations of the Romanow Commission Building on Values: The Future of Health Care in Canada

RESOLVED, that CFUW monitor health care policies, funding and regulations, as they are implemented.