First Nations Take Their Last Mar Through Canada’s Dystopian Tar Sands – Truth

August 9, 2014 - storage organizer

2014 809 lop 1Marchers attend in a 2014 Tar Sands Healing Walk. (Photo: Liana Lopez)

The fifth and final Tar Sands Healing Walk took place on Jun 28 in Fort McMurray, Canada. Hundreds of people assimilated First Nations leaders in a prayer-filled travel around a refineries and “land reclamation” projects operated by a oil association Syncrude.

“This isn’t criticism or a rally,” organizer Crystal Lameman told a participants in a walk. “This is a devout entertainment with prayers and rite in sequence to assistance move all of us to an bargain about how bad this is and because it has to stop. The best approach to stop it is during a source. So we need to start here.”

The Healing Walk entertainment took place from Jun 27 to 29, with workshops and normal ceremonies heading adult to Saturday’s walk. A lot of contention this year centered on a Canadian Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling, announced a day before a gathering, that postulated aboriginal pretension to a Tsilhqot’in Nation. The preference might set a fashion for other First Nations, permitting them improved balance in their quarrel opposite connect sands pipelines and other forms of industrial development.

In this final year of a Tar Sands Healing Walk, organizers were discerning to indicate out that their quarrel is not nonetheless won. Far from it, as connect sands descent is ramping adult in Canada.

Yet, only within a final 5 years, recognition about a emanate has widespread during a extensive pace. And this year’s Healing Walk drew participants from all over world, including, for a initial time, a Gulf Coast commission from Houston, Texas, and Mobile, Ala., where connect sands enlightening and storage is set to take place this year.

“We wanted to come see a source of what will be entrance to a area and learn what can be finished to stop it,” pronounced Mae Jones, who came with a Alabama delegation. “We are respected to be partial of a travel this year.”

The organizers of a Healing Walk also pronounced that, nonetheless this is a final year of a event, arriving projects are being designed that will be only as important.

2014 809 lop 1Marchers camped during a mark called Indian Beach. Although a environment was beautiful, organizers sensitive a marchers that a H2O was infested with complicated metals and chemicals from mining. (Photo: Liana Lopez)

2014 809 lop 3Organizers Crystal Lameman (at left), Eriel Deranger (with megaphone), and Jesse Cardinal (at right) lead opening ceremonies with Grand Chief of a Assembly of Manitoba Derek Nepinak (in black), and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation Chief Allan Adam (in white). (Photo: Liana Lopez)

2014 809 lop 4First Nations women take their positions underneath a ensign before a start of a Healing Walk. (Photo: Liana Lopez)

2014 809 lop 5Grand Chief of a Assembly of Manitoba Derek Nepinak and First Nation Dene drummers during a commencement of a march. (Photo: Liana Lopez)

2014 809 lop 6First Nation Dene drummers from Canada’s Northwest Territories played for a entirety of a walk. (Photo: Liana Lopez)

2014 809 lop 7The Tar Sands Healing Walk starts a 16-kilometer trek by a heart of a connect sands mining operations. (Photo: Liana Lopez)

2014 809 lop 8After Syncrude was fined $3 million in 2008—when some-more than 1,600 roving ducks died after alighting in a poisonous tailings pond—the association began regulating decoys and atmosphere cannons to dismay birds away. The Healing Walk upheld this feign bird of chase mounted in a pond, finish with robotic wing movements and available cries. (Photo: Liana Lopez)

2014 809 lop 9Marchers take one of 4 breaks along a track for prayer, rest, and nourishment. Each mangle enclosed a request to one of a 4 winds. (Photo: Liana Lopez)

2014 809 lop 10Dust masks were provided, though many participants brought their possess respirators to strengthen themselves from chemical pollutants and awful smells. (Photo: Liana Lopez)

2014 809 lop 11A tailings pool outlines a commencement of a final shred of a Healing Walk. (Photo: Liana Lopez)

2014 809 lop 12The “scarecrows” unresolved out in this poisonous sludge resemble tellurian employees in full work gear. They were flattering frightful to a genuine humans walking by as well. (Photo: Liana Lopez)

2014 809 lop 13The perspective of Syncrude’s comforts from a finish of a Tar Sands Healing Walk. (Photo: Liana Lopez)

2014 809 lop 14A marcher helps a dog messenger stay cold on a walk. (Photo: Liana Lopez)

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