ALGONQUIN CANOE PROTEST AGAINST THE PROPOSED URANIUM MINE IN FRONTENAC COUNTY
The Algonquin People invite their friends and supporters on an important journey to Ottawa.
The Algonquin Alliance will be transporting two maiden Water-Carriers from the Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation and Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, in a traditional birchbarkcanoe, escorted by two larger canoes. The paddlers will be ceremonially descending the headwaters of the Mississippi watershed to Parliament Hill. The water and the message of their demand for a moratorium on uranium mining will be poured out on the steps of the Parliament Buildings to show how the waters of the Mississippi are close at hand to Ottawa. A proclamation demanding a Moratorium on Uranium Mining will be delivered to the Government of Canada.
ALL ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS HISTORICAL EVENT
Launch Date: Saturday, September 22nd at 11am, in Ardoch Ontario (the location of the Historical Rice War)
Stop over for Press Conference: Tuesday, September 25th in Carleton Place (morning)
Stop over for Press Conference: Tuesday, September 25th in Almonte (afternoon).
Ottawa River Paddle: Tuesday September 25th to 27th paddling from Galetta to Victoria Island (Sacred neutral territory of the Algonquins)
Meeting Quebec Participants: September 27th (location to be announced)
Grandfather William Commanda, 94 year old spiritual leader of the Algonquin, has blessed and welcomed us to land at Victoria Island on the afternoon and evening of Thursday, September 27th.
RALLY OF THE CANOES SEPTEMBER 28TH 12PM AT PARLIAMENT HILL
Final Portage with Rally on Parliament Hill: Friday, September 28th at 12pm for a Rally of the Canoes. Everyone can meet the paddlers with their signs, T-shirts, drums and voices. (Canoes and Kayaks can be brought to Victoria Island on the 27th and kept securely overnight or early Friday for the Canoe Protest on the morning of Friday, September 28th.)
After Rally Events: After the rally on Parliament Hill, we will continue to the Rideau Canal and paddle up to Dow’s Lake. From there the message will be taken to Dalton McGuinty’s riding office.
POWER TO CHOOSE OTTAWA FORUM
Friday evening 4:30 to 9:00 September 28th at the Odawa Friendship Center (12 Stirling Avenue)
This event will examine alternatives to a nuclear future with many speakers and presentations and a lot of information about uranium mining.
Information about the Canoe Protest:
David Gill at (613) 943-9434 or (613) 290-5790