By Winona LaDuke--As Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence enters her third week on a hunger strike outside the Canadian capital building, thousands of protesters in Los Angeles, London, Minneapolis and New York City, voice their support. Spence and the protesters of the Idle No More Movement, are drawing attention to some deplorable conditions in Native communities, and recently passed legislation C-45, which sidesteps most Canadian environmental laws. "Flash mob" protests with traditional dancing and drumming have erupted in dozens of shopping malls across North America, marches and highway blockades by aboriginal groups across Canada and supporters have emerged from as far away as New Zealand and the Middle East. Read more...
This past month, I have traveled across Indian Country, meeting with people from the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming to the village of Crownpoint, on the Navajo reservation. I have spoken with young mothers from the Athabascan basin of Alberta, who want water which is not poisoned. And I have journeyed to one of our most sacred sites -- Eagle Rock, in the heart of Anishinaabe territory. Our people are courageous, and our people need your support.
What I know is this: If you do not fight, you will have no chance to protect our Mother Earth. And, if we do not begin to adapt to the change in our climate, we will be hungry ten years from now.
Honor the Earth needs your help to continue this work. Read more...
By Winona LaDuke
As the wind breathes out of Wind Cave in my face, I am reminded of the creation of humans and my own small place in this magnificent world. Wind Cave National Park is named for the Cave itself, called Washun Niya, or the Breathing Hole of Mother Earth, by the Lakota People. In this creation story, it is from here that they emerged to this world.
It is a complex cave system, according to scientists, we may only have a sense of 5% of the cave’s volume and breadth, and likely even less of its power. In the vernacular of some, this might be known as the “ known unknown.” To most Indigenous peoples, there is an understanding of the Great Mystery.
We Need Your Help to Keep Coal in the Ground, Fracking off Indian Territory and Pipelines from Native Lands!
Help us connect the Native fossil fuel resistance movement to national divestment campaigns like 350's Do the Math1 attachment:
Help Us Connect the Native Fossil Fuel Resistance Movement to National Divestment Campaigns like 350's Do the Math
We Need Your Help to Keep Coal in the Ground, Fracking off Indian Territory and PipeLines From Native Lands!1 attachment: