PADDLE TO PROTECT
A 250-MILE CANOE JOURNEY TO #STOPLINE3
MISSISSIPPI HEADWATERS TO BIG SANDY LAKE
AUGUST 12 - SEPTEMBER 2, 2017
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
The fires lit by Standing Rock have spread to Minnesota. 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 cleanest lakes, the manoomin (wild rice) beds and the 1855 treaty territories of the Ojibwe people.
We will start where the new Line 3 would cross the headwaters of the great Mississippi River, and travel a traditional canoe route to end at Big Sandy Lake, where hundreds of Ojibwe were killed by the US government in 1850.
Gear: canoes, paddles, dry bags, life jackets, tents, sleeping bags/ pads, axes/saws/ knives, headlamps
Infrastructure: truck, canoe trailer
Food: smoked meats, dried fruit and vegetables
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.