Tuesday, November 18, 2008

IEN Conference: Mining impacts in Western Great Lakes


The Indigenous Environmental Network Welcomes You

THE LAND, SKY, WATER, AND CULTURE
MINING IMPACTS ON TRIBES IN THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES REGION BLACK BEAR HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER FOND DU LAC INDIAN RESERVATION, CLOQUET, MINNESOTA

NOVEMBER 19, 20, 21, 2008

Numerous ferrous and non ferrous mines, mining proposals, and abandoned mines ring the Western Great Lakes Region. We are pleased to sponsor this conference in order to bring to you a broad spectrum on information on the impacts of mining gathered locally as well as the shared experience of others who have had mining activity in their communities. Welcome and please do enjoy the conference. Opening Reception 6:00 pm Otter Creek Room and key note address by Winona LaDuke, Executive Director, Honor The Earth, 7:00 pm. A special Thank You to the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, The Lannan Foundation, and the Western Mining Action Network for their generous efforts and support to make this conference possible.
Read more, with schedule:
http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2008/11/ien-conference-mining-impacts-in.html
Photo by Jim's public online Picasa gallery
Watch the Tar Sands Video:
"Tom Goldtooth: No new Tar Sands approval"
In this video, Mike, from the Tarsands at Fort Chip in Canada, is already burying family members with cancer. Mike speaks of the pollution and destruction from the mining of the heavy crude oil known as tarsands.
“It is slow industrial genocide. It is another form of biological warfare.
"As a martyr, I will stand and fight and die until the end. I have no choice. I will take my shield and fight and when I go, someone else will take up my shield where I left off and take up my fight.”
"The best we can do is to bring the whole world to our doorsteps and fight together."
Tom Goldooth, director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, “We have a monster, we have a monster amongst our people. Not only our First Nations, but all citizens of Canada.”
“We have a monster that has no respect for humanity. We have a monster that is killing people and gorging on the heart and spirit of the people who have lived here since time immemorial. We have to kill this monster that feeds on the sacrednesss of Mother Earth."
Standing with solidarity with the Dene, Cree and Metis, he said, "We need to stand up and speak for them who can not speak for themselves, the animals, and fish, the trees and the birds."--excerpts from the video

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