A Walk for Mother Earth: June 15-22, from Kanehsatà:ke to Ottawa


walkformotherearthIPSMO stands in solidarity with ‘A Walk for Mother Earth’

June 15-22 – 8 days, 140km: The walk for a pipeline-free future continues…

From June 15th to June 22th, 2014, ‘A Walk For Mother Earth’ will continue the journey of ‘Peoples for Mother Earth’. They will be walking 140km over 8 days, from Kanehsatà:ke (or Hudson QC) to Ottawa ON, to continue efforts to oppose pipelines here and elsewheres.

On Sunday June 22nd, at 2:00pm, we will stand together on Parliament Hill in a welcoming of the walkers and to show our solidarity with all peoples working towards a pipeline-free future across North America.
*Note: there will also be a meet up point, 1:00pm at Rivierain Park (SW corner of Montreal Rd and North River Rd, just before the bridge to Rideau St), to join in with the walkers for the final 3km of the walk.


Background

The walk originated as the “People for Mother Earth”, that began May 10th in Cacouna QC and is planned to finish on June 14th in Kanehsatà:ke. This walk, carried out by citizens of Quèbec, consisted of an average of 20 km a day for 34 days. It began at the site of a proposed TransCanada seaport export station, and followed the route of the proposed TransCanada Energy East pipeline to Montreal, and then the route of the already-approved Enbridge Line 9 pipeline to Kanehsatà:ke. The walkers stop each day to connect with communities in an important mobilization against pipelines and fossil fuel exploitation.

For more information on the original “Peoples For Mother Earth” walk, please consult:


The Walk Continues…

A new group of citizens decided to continue the walk to Ottawa and Parliament Hill. The new walk will start in Kanehsatà:ke with a conference, celebration, and a ‘passing of the torch’ ceremony on June 14th starting at 10am. (click here for the June 14th event details on Facebook)

Here is the itinerary of the stops along the route, along with a link to an interactive map:

  • June 15th – Kanehsatà:ke/Hudson QC to Rigaud, QC
    You can meet up with the walkers (around) noon at the ‘Traverse Oka’ HUDSON ferry terminal: 158 Main, Hudson, (Québec) J0P1H0
    Or, the walk will arrive at 6pm at: L’Édifice Paul-Brasseur: 10 Rue St. Jean-Baptiste Est, Rigaud, QC
  • June 16th – Rigaud, QC to St. Eugène, ON
    Will be staying at St. Eugène ON- Centre Communautaire: 1123 Rue Labrosse St. Eugène, ON
  • June 17th – St. Eugène, ON to Vankleek Hill, ON
    Will be staying at Vankleek Hill Anglican Church- 5845 Church St. Vankleek Hill, ON
  • June 18th – Vankleek Hill, ON to Alfred, ON
    Will be staying at Alfred Recreation Centre-555 St. Philippe St. Alfred ON
  • June 19th – Alfred, ON to Plantagenet, ON
    Will be staying at Plantagenet-Centre de l’amour: 225 Rd. 21 Plantagenet, ON
  • June 20th – Plantagenet, ON to Clarence-Rockland, ON
    Will be staying at Clarence-Rockland: Rockland Arena (Jean-Marc Lalonde Arena)-1450 Park Ave. Rockland, ON
  • June 21st – Clarence-Rockland to Orléans, ON
    Will be staying at Ressurection Lutheran Church: 1325 Gaultois Ave. Gloucester, ON
  • June 22nd – Orléans, ON to Parliament Hill Ottawa
    Meet at at 1pm at a 1:00pm at Rivierain Park (SW corner of Montreal Rd and North River Rd, just before the bridge to Rideau St), to join in with the walkers for the final 3km of the walk.
    Or, be there to welcome the arrival on Parliament Hill at 2:00pm!


How to get involved

There are several ways you can get involved to support the Walk for Mother Earth:

  1. Join in for all or part of the walk beginning from Kanehsatà:ke on June 14th, or from one of the locations along the way! Contact Ashley Thackaberry: peopleformotherearth@gmail.com or 647-204-1147 to work out details.
    **see the comment on this post for a list of what to bring if you are going to join in on the walk
  2. Support the walk financially – you can make donations:
    – via this PayPal link,
    – or by e-transfer to peopleformotherearth@gmail.com
  3. Help spread the word:
    – share the link to this web page you’re currently visiting,
    – or the walk’s Facebook page,
    – or the Facebook event page for the June 22 arrival on Parliament Hill,
    – or print flyers out that you can distribute.
  4. Join us on Parliament Hill at 2pm on June 22nd, 2014

 

For more information on “A Walk For Mother Earth”

The ‘Peoples For Mother Earth’ website will also be updated to include info on the continuing ‘A Walk For Mother Earth’ : www.peuplespourlaterremere.ca

& the Twitter hashtags will continue in use for both walks: #MarcheTerreMere, #MotherEarthMarch

Short documentary on the “Peoples for Mother Earth” walk (bilingual):

[vimeo 97895447 w=600 h=337]

Aug 24: Show Up, Shout Out and Shut Down the Tar Sands!

Show Up, Shout Out and Shut Down the Tar Sands!
Demonstration and Festivities

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Dundonald Park
(Somerset and Lyon)
Saturday, August 24, 2:00pm
Bring your banners, pots, pans, drums and whatever!

Organized by DecLine 9 Ottawa
This is not a permitted march

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Free Food and Drinks
There will be music and drumming

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Speakers:

Ben Powless (Mohawk), Ecology Ottawa
Vanessa Gray (Ojibway), Anti-Line 9 Organizer

Musicians:

Vela
Adam III

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On August 24th, land defenders, activists and allies are putting their bodies on the line by blockading Alberta’s Highway 63, which is the MAIN ARTERY that services the tar sands production sites north of Fort McMurray! They have made a call for an international day of action against the tar sands, and Decline 9 Ottawa is organizing a protest in solidarity with the blockaders.

It is essential to support the people who will be on Highway 63 this day, both to honour their actions and to let the authorities know that people across Turtle Island, and around the world will be watching
them.

We are everywhere! We want to build a world where everyone fits!

We want to celebrate all of the creative, beautiful and loving ways Indigenous and non-Indigenous people have been protecting Mother Earth, waters, animals and future generations. We will be coming together as a community, to show our solidarity with the protestors, and our commitment to building a better world together. We want a movement that is stronger in numbers, less apathetic, and more empathetic with each other and with the natural world.

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YouTube, “Shut Down the Tar Sands Highway”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGTQ2gI3pMk (Preview) (Preview)
Vancouver Media Co-operative, “Shut Down the Tar Sands Highway:
http://vancouver.mediacoop.ca/fr/video/shut-down-tar-sands-highway/18211

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Highway 63 is the main artery that services the Tar Sands production sites north of Fort McMurray. The Tar Sands are one of the most, if not THE most, environmentally destructive projects that exists today.

The Tar Sands exist due to the historic and ongoing colonization of Turtle Island (North America) and the Treaties made between the Canadian Government and Indigenous Nations. The Canadian government has never honoured the spirit in which the treaties were made, and in practice has unilaterally violated virtually all the agreements which it made.

We are all downstream from the tar sands, whether that’s literally or through exposures to the many pipelines that are being built to service tar sands industry. We are all effected: worker’s are forced
to work in dangerous and toxic environments; migrants workers are denied citizenship rights, super-exploited, segregated from and paid less than Canadian citizens, and often experience racism; women and women workers have said that they frequently experience physical and sexual violence; women who live close to the industries and refineries are subjected to dangerous toxins that damage their reproductive systems, and have more risks of miscarriage; children are born with birth defects, and have much higher instances of serious physical health issues; both children and adults in affected communities experience grave physical and mental health issues, including cancers, post traumatic stress, developmental disabilities; animals are disappearing, as more and more are being killed or chased away from their natural habitats.

It is important to remember that the ecological degradation wrought by the tar sands happens everyday, and that the scale of the destruction is so great, and with such dire impacts for everyone, especially the environment and directly effected communities, but also in terms of climate change and global warming, that the Tar Sands need to be a political priority for every person, and movement in Canada.

The movement against tar sands is at a critical juncture. Currently the expansion of the tar sands is being significantly impeded by the fierce resistance that pipelines have attracted continentwide. The industry’s difficulties in moving their product West and South has led to Enbridge’s Line 9 Reversal project and TransCanada’s Energy East Pipeline Project, both of which cut through Ontario & Quebec on their way to the East coast. The time has come for people in our region to come together, declaring that we will not be complicit in the exploitation of Mother Earth and that we do not want these pipelines carrying Tar Sands oil running through our communities.

Join us!

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This event has been endorsed by:

The Indigenous Peoples’ Solidarity Movement – Ottawa (IPSMO)
350 Ottawa

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For more information on:

Indigenous People: http://canadiandimension.com/articles/1760

Environment:
http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/magazine/jun08/feature_tar_sands.asp

Migrant workers:
http://oilsandstruth.org/increase-migrant-workers-canada-opens-door-abuses

Women: http://www.dominionpaper.ca/articles/1468

Racism:
http://oilsandstruth.org/racism-tar-sands-exploiting-foreign-workers-and-poisoning-indigenous-people

Children: http://thetyee.ca/News/2013/03/22/Alberta-Family-Flees-Oil-Sands/

Health: http://oilsandsrealitycheck.org/facts/human-rights-3/

Animals:
http://oilsandstruth.org/twomouthed-fish-discovered-near-alberta-tar-sands-two-stories

General: http://desmog.ca/2013/05/15/10-reasons-canada-rethink-tar-sands

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