Walk Through Tar Sands Will Build Strength, Unity
FORT MCMURRAY, AB, June 24, 2014 /CNW/ - On June 28th hundreds of First Nations people and non-native supporters from Canada and the US will be participating in the Healing Walk in Fort McMurray for the last time, as they prepare for the next front in the battle to protect the land, air, water and climate and have their treaties honoured.
This will be the fifth and final walk through tar sands operations—once traditional hunting, fishing and gathering grounds—to offer healing prayers to the land and to build strength and unity among people impacted by tar sands development. In the years to follow the annual event will be held in communities dealing with the spread on in-situ tar sands extraction – a less visually offensive but as equally harmful oil extraction process.
Since 2010 the Healing Walk has been a catalyst for bringing together First Nations grassroots and First Nations leaders in northern Alberta, as well as across Canada and the US where First Nations communities are uniting because of their tar sands experiences.
Now, in 2014, more attention than ever is on the tar sands and the impact it is having on the land, air, water, and climate. First Nations are unifying in their efforts to have their treaties honoured and the depth and breadth of this opposition can be witnessed at the Healing Walk.
When: June 27th and 28th
- June 27th – Opening prayer and welcoming, work shops, music and drumming
- June 28th - Hundreds of people will walk 14 km past Syncrude and Suncor mines, tailings ponds, and upgraders. There will be prayer ceremonies followed by a feast
- June 29th – Closing ceremony
Where: Fort McMurray – see maps below for more details.
Photo and video available.
For more information visit www.healingwalk.org/
SOURCE: Tar Sands Healing Walk
For further information: Media Contact: Eriel Deranger, 780-903-6598