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Protecting and Restoring the Sacred with Chief Phil Lane Jr 4pm 4-8-2012

Chief Phil Lane Jr. makes opening offering at First Nations solidarity event opposing tar sands mining and pipeline operations in Canada.

Members of the Canadian Protecting and Restoring the Sacred CC joined First Nations of that region in a standing-room-only event in Vancouver BC, calling for free, prior and informed consent regarding environmental protections of the fragile BC coastline, and in opposition to Alberta Tar Sands operations.

Noted author and XL Pipeline activist Naomi Klein (The Shock Doctrine) spoke, along with several Indigenous leaders, about the threat oil pipelines and supertankers pose in the waters and environment of British Columbia. Two major pipeline projects are proposed through the region that would bring tar sands oil through BC and to Canada’s west coast for export.

The diverse group attending the event included Chief Jackie Thomas of the Saik’uz First Nation (speaking on behalf of the Yinka Dene Alliance), who related her people’s fierce commitment to this struggle and opposition to the pipeline:

“Our five nations hold more than 25 percent of this proposed pipeline route in our territory, and we will never allow it to be built!”

ar Sands operations in Alberta, Canada – Before & After

The feeling in the room was one of “enthusiasm and unity”, according to the Vancouver Observer.

Over 130 signatories have now joined the “Save Fraser” declaration.

“The declaration says it upholds our ancestral laws, the title, rights and responsibilities that we hold. We will not allow the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, or any similar tar sands pipeline, to be built. This is our law,” said Chief Thomas.

Vauncouver Observer reports that

“(Along with) Thomas and Chief Phil Lane, a number of other Aboriginal leaders stood to address the crowd. Sundance Chief Reuben George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation gave introductions and brought his entire family on stage to welcome guests to unceded territory. First Nations actor Adam Beach also brought his children on stage, tearing up during a song about ensuring their future. And later, 10-year-old Ta’Kaiya Blaney sang a heartfelt song urging citizens to join the “earth revolution”.”

Quoting from the Vancouver Observer:

“(Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a Greenpeace campaigner from the Lubacon Lake Cree Nation in Alberta) went on to describe a disastrous spill that occurred in May 2011, when 28,000 barrels of tar sands crude leaked all over the traditional territory. She said neither the company (Plains All American) nor the government had attempted to notify the community, despite the fact that residents and schoolchildren were getting sick from the effects. Fighting back tears, Laboucan-Massimo displayed a series of aerial photographs taken in the days following the spill.”

Commenting via email on the event, URI Global Council Trustee Rebecca Tobias went on to add:

“It was an uplifting and encouraging event. I believe that we will see more of these positive, future-focused gatherings all across the US and Canada as people begin to find their voice and renew their commitment to building communities of conscience. Members of URI’s Protecting and Restoring the Sacred CC, Chief Phil Lane Jr.and Sundance Chief Reuben George, took part in the planning and presentation of the evening’s program, keeping true to URI’s commitment to, ‘unite in responsible cooperative action to bring the wisdom and values of our religions, spiritual expressions and indigenous traditions to bear on the economic, environmental, political and social challenges facing our Earth community.’”

(Much of the above account is derived from a report in the Vancouver Observer. For the complete story, see: http://www.vancouverobserver.com/sustainability/2011/12/02/naomi-klein-and-first-nations-leaders-unite-anti-pipeline-forum?page=0%2C1 )

Join Raven and his guest Deborah Guerrero

Join Raven and his guest Deborah Guerrero when they talk about Stand For Peace in Olympia Washington–Sunrise October 7th to October 11th, 2011

Deborah J. Guerrero MSW (Tlingit, Snohomish, & Cowlitz) is a social worker at Muckleshoot Indian Child Welfare in Auburn Washington. She is an activist and community organizer. She serves as a Board of Director for several Indian Organizations in Seattle.

She is a ceremonialist and has a deep passion for Traditional Indigenous Healing ways. She is an active member in the Native American Church, and is the proud parent of three grown children. She is a co-founder of Turtle Women Rising.

Turtle Women Rising invites you to support this Stand For Peace in Olympia.
http://www.turtlewomenrising.com/about-us.php

“New Way” -Turtle Woman Rising

Turtle Women Rising held a gathering in 2008 in a Stand For Peace. We are honored to share this song “New Way” written by our sister Imani White. We hope you will join us this October 8-11, 2010 In Washingtond DC or drum with us in solidarity at your home place. Many Blessings to you as we bring a new way to walk on the earth.

TURTLE WOMAN RISING

An Evening with Turtle Woman Rising June 27, 2010

 

Join Raven and his guests Eli Painted Crow and Deborah Guerrero when they talk about Stand For Peace in Washington DC-Sunrise Friday October 8th to Monday October 11th, 2010, @ 3:33pm.

Eli PaintedCrow holds a proud history from the Yaqui Nation and Mexica ancestry. She is the mother to two veteran sons and a grandmother of eight. Eli is an advocate for Peace and an advocate for returning soldiers.A 22yr Army veteran whose eyes were opened in her last tour of military service while in Iraq .Eli has committed to bring forward the continued strategies used in this society to continue keeping communities separated and in conflict. 

The founder of Turtle Women Rising: A Peace Ceremony led by primarily indigenous women in Oct 2008 in Washington DC .The intention: to bring healing to the planet and its inhabitants with the knowledge our ancestors’ lefts us. Eli’s concerns for the future generations has inspired her to be their voice at this crucial time of our changing planet.

Deborah J. Guerrero MSW (Tlingit, Snohomish, & Cowlitz) is a social worker at Muckleshoot Indian Child Welfare in Auburn Washington. She is an activist and community organizer. She serves as a Board of Director for several Indian Organizations in Seattle.

She is a ceremonialist and has a deep passion for Traditional Indigenous Healing ways. She is an active member in the Native American Church, and is the proud parent of three grown children. She is a co-founder of Turtle Women Rising.

Turtle Women Rising invites you to support this Stand For Peace by joining us in DC, October 8th-11th, 2010, and to participate as much as you are comfortable. You can drum with us for all 4 days, or just come for an afternoon. Our organization is all volunteer, and our funding comes from donations and collaborations. TWR’s Fiscal Sponsorship is held by the Center For Sacred Studies, which means we are a non-profit, and all donations are tax deductible. We invite you to volunteer, make a donation, (either financial or inkind services), network with us and help us get the word out both with your local and global community, or bring TWR to your homeplace so we can offer a teaching, a lecture/discussion, a prayer circle or a performance.
http://www.turtlewomenrising.com/about-us.php