- Thursday, July 4
- Registration begins
- Friday, July 5
- Registration and Workshops
- Saturday, July 6
- Healing Walk
Thanks for joining the 4th annual Tar Sands Healing Walk
The tar sands are growing out of control, destroying the climate for all Canadians and poisoning the water of everyone living downstream.
On July 5th and 6th, hundreds of people came together from coast to coast to join First Nations and Metis in the Healing Walk, a gathering focused on healing the environment and the people who are suffering from tar sands expansion.
It was a powerful weekend of ceremony, community, and movement building. Here are the highlights:
- Our powerful video that shares highlights from participants in the Walk (below)
- A photo slideshow of some of the most important images
- A collection of stories (blogs and articles) about the Healing Walk
- A "storify" page that collects some of the best stories as told by participants on social media
Leading up to the healing walk, almost 15,000 Canadians called on Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver and Alberta Preimer Alison Redford - who regularly take meetings with oil industry executives - to meet face to face with communities most impacted by tar sands development.
We need our governments to work with First Nations and bring people together to make wise choices about stewarding the land in ways that are sustainable and fair. Take aciton now by calling on Joe Oliver to meet with First Nations leaders now.
Indigenous tradition asserts that it is a human responsibility to protect land, air, and water for future generations. Many other Canadians agree. Over the past decade First Nations communities, non-native communities, scientists, politicians, and others are recognizing that the expansion of the tar sands is betraying this responsibility.
No one feels this more then the people that have lived in the Athabasca River region for generations. They have watched their land get destroyed, they are forced to breathe dirty air, and in many communities they can no longer drink the water. The wildlife they have traditionally harvested are getting scarce, the fish they harvest have tumours, and the medicinal plants are disappearing along with the permanently changed landscape.
There are protests against the tar sands taking place around the world. From the streets of London to the treetops in Texas, people are coming out to protest tar sands expansion. In British Columbia there is a wall of opposition blocking tar sands pipelines and oil tankers, in the United States records numbers of people are protesting the KXL pipeline, and there is growing opposition to stop Line 9 in Ontario, Quebec, and the New England states. These protests are helping. Thank you.
On July 5 & 6 2013 a different kind of event took place in Northern Alberta in the heart of the destruction. The 4th Annual Healing Walk was an opportunity for people from all walks of life to join First Nations and Metis in a spiritual gathering that will focus on healing the land and the people who are suffering from tar sands expansion.
The Healing Walk is sponsored by the Keepers of the Athabasca. Keepers of the Athabasca is a collection of First Nations, Metis, Inuit, environmental groups, and watershed citizens working together for the protection of water, land and air, and thus for all living things today and tomorrow in the Athabasca River Watershed.