PADDLE TO PROTECT
A 250-Mile Canoe Journey To #StopLine3
Mississippi Headwaters to Big Sandy Lake
August 12 - September 2, 2017
The fires lit by Standing Rock have spread to the Great Lakes. This August, a group of Indigenous youth fighting the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline will undertake a 250-mile canoe journey across northern Minnesota to stand for the water.
We will start where the new Line 3 would cross the headwaters of the great Mississippi River, and travel a traditional canoe route to Big Sandy Lake, where hundreds of Ojibwe were killed by the US government in 1850, and where Line 3 is proposed to cross the Mississippi again.
Youth paddler Rose Whipple says, "Indigenous peoples are dying because of poisoned and polluted water in their communities. Our voice has been silenced ever since Columbus set foot on our land, building pipelines and finding ways to pollute our land without our consent, digging through ancestral burial grounds among other things. It is time for our voice to be heard. We do not want this pipeline going through our lands! I will fight just as hard as my ancestors have fought for me.
Saturday, August 12
Mississippi headwaters in Itasca State Park
10 am - Opening Ceremony
12pm - Boat launch
Saturday, September 2
Big Sandy Lake
4pm - Closing Ceremony
6pm - Manoomin Feast