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This is Winnipeg's alternative to corporate earth day. The event was the vision of Indigenous women and was started as a sacred walk culminating with allies in Winnipeg.
We've kept up the tradtion of bringing together land and water defenders to tell their strories, followed by a water ceremony and a FREE picnic.
Everyday is earth day to us! This is a garbage free event so bring a cup and a plate if you need one. You'll need your cup for the water ceremony.
Here's the line up!
Special Guest Cheif Simon Fobister,coming all the way from Grassy Narrows to personally tell us where the community... is at in their decades long fight to stop mercury contamination on their traditional territory, when Japanese scientists (who have conducted a study there since the 70s) confirm the 90 persont of the community is effected by mercury poisoning. Grassy Narrows is home of the longest lasting logging blockade, holding since 2003. at Slant Lake.
Sadie- Phoenix Lavoie Vice Presidnt of Extrenal Affairs at the UWSA, co-founder of Red Rising Magazine, an unfiltered Indigenous themed publication, conceived on the way home from a Winnipeg Water Wednesday's event. Sadie will, also, tell us about her time at the Standing Rock camp.
Shavon Sinclair, Hollow Water FN, has been standing up for the land and water since she was a teenager. Shavon attended many gatherings co-hosted by the late Elder Garry Raven and Boreal Action over, more than, a decade. She was there when the Elders, working with youth, made a declaration to protect the territory from large scale resource extraction, including a resounding NO to bipole 3, Diamonds have been disovered near the community and there is now a new threat. This is the community at the gateway to the largest intact boreal forest in the world, on the east side of Lake Winnipeg. She will tell us why some community members are now raising money to take legal action to defend their lands and waters.
We are honoured to have Ally Stoneypoint conduct the water ceremony, and to have the Grassy Narrows Women's Drum Group come to help us bless the water and welcome the spring.
Thanks-yous to Ka Ni Kanichihk and Native Studies at the U of M for funding the food and some travel expense and a shout out to eveyone travelling to be with us even though we have no budget to pay your way. Your dedication is always noted and appreciated. You are our honoured guests.