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 Minnesota. A group of indigenous youth fighting the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline are paddling a 250-mile canoe journey across northern Minnesota to stand for the cleanest lakes, the manoomin (wild rice) beds and the 1855 treaty territories of the Ojibwe people.
The Paddle to Protect began where the propsoed Line 3 would cross the headwaters of the great Mississippi River. For three weeks, these youth have traveled a traditional canoe route to end at Big Sandy Lake, where hundreds of Ojibwe were killed by the US government in 1850.
We paddle for our grandmothers. We paddle for the grandchildren yet to come. We paddle for our rice, for our berries, and for our medicines. We paddle for our relatives who cannot speak for themselves.
Join us for our landing celebration on September 2!