This past summer, Indigenous people came together for a protest walk to voice their opposition to the proposed Energy East Pipeline, and to ask the public to support their efforts in protecting freshwater resources.
The proposed Energy East project will send tar sands bitumen through a 40-year-old gas pipeline where it will cross more than a dozen waterways in Treaty 3 Territory.
The protest march through Manitoba and into Northwestern Ontario was held Aug. 2 – 7, 2015. It followed the proposed pipeline route and was organized by Grassroots Indigenous Water Defence.
Grassy Narrows resident and mother Chrissy Swain spoke about the importance of praying to each body of water the walkers came across during their week long trek.
Michael Welch of CKUW 95.9 FM was there to record her remarks:
A year ago, TransCanada Energy East held an open house in Kenora, ON, where a group of protesters, led by Chrissy Swain, delivered this message to the company:
Photo of Chrissy Swain courtesy muskratnews.com