On August 2, 2015, nearly two dozen (or more) Anishinaabe Women and Men, Youth and Elders will be joined by supporters in a week-long walk against the Energy East Pipeline. The walk will cover more than 125 km of TransCanada’s proposed pipeline route where it crosses and threatens more than a dozen waterways in Treaty 3 Territory. The Anishinaabe Water Walk is organized by Grassroots Indigenous Water Defence (GIWD).
What: The Anishinaabe Water Walk is a week-long walk along the route of the proposed TransCanada Energy East Pipeline project, to protect the waters of Treaty 3 Territories.
When: Sunday August 2 to Saturday August 8, 2015.
Where: Highway 17, Eagle Lake to Shoal Lake, Ontario, Treaty 3.
Why: The Energy East Pipeline would be the highest volume tarsands pipeline on the continent—tarsands growth representing one of the biggest threats to the planet’s changing climate—and given recent pipeline spills, amongst other concerns, constitutes an unacceptable risk to local waterways and the health of lands, wildlife and people in Treaty 3 Anishinaabe Territories.
Organizing against oil pipelines and other environmentally destructive resource extraction industries is just one example of how First Nations Peoples are positioned at the forefront of the contemporary environmental movement, and are engaged in an intertwined process of protecting lands and waters in their Territories while also forwarding political sovereignty and cultural resurgence.
Who: Grassroots Indigenous Water Defence was founded in 2014 by Anishinaabe Women from Treaty 3 communities as a response to the threat posed by the Energy East pipeline.
Contact: Grassroots Indigenous Water Defence, Media Liaison @ GrassrootsIndigenous2015@gmail.com