Why Elsipogtog Matters

A conversation about the land

On October 17, 2013, after months of vocal opposition, the Mi’kmaq defenders of the land in Elsipogtog we attacked by RCMP officers and their dogs.  What led to that confrontation and what does it mean for all of us living together because of a treaty relationship?

Please join us for learning and discussion on Tuesday, October 29 and 6pm at Gallery 101, 301 Bank Street (upstairs).

We will touch on three related areas:

Spirit: We feel such a connection to land that we will cry when we are told news of environmental devastation and distruction. We cry because we feel the pain of creation whose health has been compromized. Elsipogtog teaches us that our bodies should defend the land so that our grandchildren have something left to connect to.

Legal History: The Mi’kmaq signed a peace and friendship treaty in 1761 so that the English could settle but not to trample Mi’kmaq interests; the land was never relinquished. Before they came for shale gas, they came for the timber, the fish, and the wildlife. However, look forward to modern times the Canadian Supreme Court’s judgment in 1999 recognized Mi’kmaq rights under that treaty. What does that mean for resource extraction?

Fracking: What is it? Why do we use the technology? What are the social and environmental impacts? What is being done and how can we inform ourselves and voice our opinion?

For more information please watch this space or facebook.com/niigaanfuture

Baamaa pii ga waabmin!
(see you soon!)

7 thoughts on “Why Elsipogtog Matters

  1. Pingback: Human Rights, Environment, Activism and Quality of Life: Events and Projects | Green Living Ottawa

    • Hi Sherry. We regret that the venue isn’t accessible, and the Niigaan organizers recognize that it’s a problem. The people at Gallery 101 have been generous with their space, but we are always looking for affordable, accessible spaces. Thanks for your note.

      • no problem thanks for the explanation. Maybe you can think about spreecast over the internet for others too that cant make it to the meeting, plus u have a nice record of the event to refer back to later. Thanks again Sherry

      • Thanks Sherry! We are definitely considering spreecast. Your feedback is appreciated. Glad you are enjoying the site. Tom

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