For Immediate Release: July 25, 2013
Enbridge No More: Community Members from Aamjiwnaang FN and Sarnia to Demonstrate Against Line 9 to Commemorate 3 Year Anniversary of Spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Aamjiwnaang FN, Ontario—This Saturday, Aamjiwnaang + Sarnia Against Pipelines (ASAP) will be holding a demonstration against the Enbridge Line 9 Reversal Project. Enbridge’s line 9 is a concern to the health of the land because of the damage Enbridge has caused with the rupture of line 6. Group and community members will gather on Anishinabe traditional territory to stand for the rights and protection of the land, water and future generations of Turtle Island.
When: Saturday, July 27th @ 12:00pm
Where: Aamjiwnaang First Nation Reservation
What: Direct action and demonstration against Enbridge’s Line 9B Pipeline Reversal project (action to include visuals) and Traditional Land Protection Ceremony.
Who: Aamjiwnaang + Sarnia Against Pipelines (ASAP)—a group comprised of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people—along with supporters of the Idle No More movement and other environmental groups. ASAP is a grassroots organized group bringing awareness of health and environmental issues to the community.
Why: This demonstration is one of many actions across Canada and the United States in solidarity with people impacted by the Kalamazoo oil spill which occurred when the Pipeline Corporation, Enbridge Line 6B Pipeline burst on July 25, 2010, and spilled for two days, amounting to the largest on-land spill in US history.
Members of the Aamiiwnaang First Nation and Sarnia are taking action in solidarity with local, regional and national campaigns against Enbridge’s Line 9 pipeline reversal which will bring deadly Tar Sands oil across Ontario, against other pipelines that threaten the lands of Indigenous Nations across Turtle Island. This action is also part of the Defenders of the Land & Idle No More’s Sovereignty Summer Campaign. (#SovSummer)
Polluting part of a watershed threatens the entire ecosystem, as pollutants travel with the water. Line 9 will cross many watersheds in Ontario – including the St. Clair River, the Thames River, and the Grand River. Each of these rivers feeds into the great lakes.Those of us living in Southern Ontario rely on clean sources of water for our food, drinkable water, travel, and various industrial purposes. Southern Ontario watersheds flow to our towns and cities. This water feeds our farms, and is essential for the habitats of all wildlife in the region. Crops, trees, plants, fish, birds, and mammals of all sorts need clean water to flourish.
Vanessa Gray, ASAP, 226 349 6073
Clayton Thomas Muller, Idle No More, 613 297 7515
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