Protecting our Sacred Water: A Gathering at the Headwaters

RSVP to Attend – Protect our Sacred Waters: A Gathering at the Headwaters, September 21-22, 2019

As part of a global week of climate action, we welcome you to the Mississippi Headwaters to bring an interfaith voice to the movement for environmental justice.

Join us for our second year at Lake Itasca for a community gathering and prayer circle to honor the sacredness of water. This is a family friendly event, co-hosted by Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light and Honor the Earth.

We'll learn about Treaty Rights, pipeline routes, language and culture and more. The weekend will culminate with a prayer circle at the Mississippi Headwaters in which leaders from every major faith tradition will affirm the sacred nature of water and our moral commitment to protecting life, and saying no Line 3. We ask that women please bring skirts to respectfully participate in this circle.

In addition to its spiritual and cultural significance, we gather at the Headwaters to call attention to the proposed Line 3 pipeline project. Set to cross the Mississippi River very close to the Headwaters, this project threatens the livelihood of this essential waterway and the hundreds of thousands of communities who live along its shores and depend on the many watersheds that it flows into.

Over a year out from the Public Utilities Commission's decision to approve the Certificate of Need, essentially stating that this is a necessary project, 6 months after the Department of Commerce appealed that permit, and a couple months after their Environmental Impact Statement was deemed insufficient, we are still standing in legal limbo with this project, but Enbridge continues to promise a pipeline and acts as such. We invite you to join us powerful community- and spirit-led resistance to the ongoing destruction of our sacred Mother Earth. Let's imagine a new story of hope and justice together.

Sign up here to attend! The weekend of September 21-22, 2019, we'll gather again to honor the sacred Mississippi Headwaters, which are threatened by the proposed Line 3 pipeline.

This is an opportunity to celebrate our connection to these incredible waters, visit with local communities, and build relationships with one another. On Sunday, we'll come together for an interfaith prayer circle at Lake Itasca with indigenous partners and leaders from all major faiths. This is a family friendly event.

Group van transportation will be organized from the Twin Cities and Duluth if there's enough interest. Gas cards will be available for indigenous attendees.

This whole affair is funded just through donations, so if you can swing it we are requesting a $15 -25 per person donation to cover the cost of meals; and a $20 per tent/ bed donation to cover the cost of your stay at the group camp. There are a limited number of beds for elders and those who need to sleep inside. Payments can be made online at or in-person the weekend of the trip.

Friday evening 9/20 and Saturday 9/21 ~ Travel to the Headwaters from around the state to set up camp at Itasca State Park, Ozawindib group camp:
(Please click the directions button to see the exact location of this camp. You can also get directions at the park gate.)

Saturday 9/21 from 1 to 5 PM ~ Field Trips and Conversations: leaving from the Ozawindib group camp (

Saturday 9/21 from 5 to 10 PM ~ Community Meal and gathering at Lake Ozawindib Group Camp

Sunday 9/22 from 12 to 4 PM ~ Vigil at Mississippi Headwaters ~ Enter from Mary Gibbs Visitor Center and gather in parking lot (look for the large banners)
12:00 to 1:00 Procession to the Headwaters; Prayer Circle with Native Spiritual Leaders and interfaith voices.
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM ~ open vigil for all to bring their prayers for the water; small closing feast.

Please bring sacred clothing if you feel inspired. Skirts for women are requested during the indigenous water ceremony. No banners will be allowed at the headwaters.

PARK ACCESS: Most activities are taking place within the boundaries of the State Park. Please make sure you purchase a pass at the gate. If this is a barrier to you, we can provide funds to purchase a parking pass. Please check in at the Ozawindib group camp. To get to the Ozawindib group camp you must take the Wilderness Drive Road past the Headwaters area, past Burt's Cabins, up a hill, around a 90-degree bend and just before you get to the one way portion of the road look to your right for the Ozawindib sign and follow the long dirt driveway back into the forest.

TRANSPORTATION: Carpools are being organized from the Twin Cities and Duluth, or travel on your own. Fill out our RSVP form and email [email protected] if you are hoping to hook up a carpool.

ACCOMMODATIONS: People will be camping at Itasca State Park at the Ozawindib group camp. We have limited spots in cabins for elders and those who need beds. Please do your best to let us know if this is something you'll need. Some folks are finding hotels on their own. RSVP to sign up with the group:

Host organizations: Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light, Honor the Earth
**please email [email protected] if you would like to co-sponsor this event.

September 21, 2019 at 12:00pm - September 22, 2019
Mississippi Headwaters Itasca State Park
United States
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Jarryd Rivera Kathleen Quinn

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