As reported this month on CNC and on CKUW 95.9 FM show People of Interest, the group Grassroots Indigenous Water Defence organized a 125 kilometre Anishinaabe Water Walk from Eagle Lake to Shoal Lake in Northwestern Ontario.
The action was intended to unite Treaty 3 Peoples and their allies against TransCanada’s proposed Energy East Pipeline which would transport diluted bitumen from the oil sands in Alberta to refineries in Atlantic Canada.
Critics are principally concerned about the hazards associated with the project to the more than 100 First Nations communities along the path of the pipeline route.
The Walk concluded at the end of the first week of August, at the Pow Wow grounds of Iskatewizaagegan, Shoal Lake 39 First Nation.
CKUW News Director Michael Welch was present at the conclusion of the walk, where a few of the walkers spoke to him about why they participated in the journey and what they experienced along the way: