The grassroots indigenous environmental group Aamjiwnaang + Sarnia Against Pipelines, along with allies from Rising Tide Toronto and Grand River Indigenous Solidarity, have been organizing to send a youth delegation to the Tar Sands Healing Walk and the Unist’ot’en Action Camp events taking place over the next two weeks.
Tickets are booked and the trip is set to go with less than a week left before we depart, providing an opportunity for five youth from Aamjiwnaang First Nation and two from Six Nations to participate in ceremonies, activism, and education.
However, with less than a week to go one of our funding sources fell through and we are reaching out to make up the shortfall. We are seeking individual donations to help us ensure the trip happens and these youth have the ability to participate. With a target for this drive of $1000, we can easily make it if just 50 people drop us a $20, or 100 contribute $10.
You can donate by clicking the link pasted below and filling out the form to donate to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We appreciate any amount of support you can offer.
In solidarity, Aamjiwnaang + Sarnia Against Pipelines (ASAP)
Background on the Tar Sands Healing Walk
The annual Healing Walk is meant to draw attention to the extreme devastation resulting from the Tar Sands. In the words of organizers, the walk is an “acknowledgement of the people and other living beings, the water, the land and the air, that is suffering due to our unhealthy energy addictions.” It is important for individuals to see first-hand the massive scale of destruction occurring on traditional Indigenous land. It is even more important for members of affected Indigenous communities outside of Alberta to attend the event to see the ground zero of devastation and build relationships with local people to strengthen solidarity between communities.