the Anishnabe Nation of the Ottawa River Watershed will declare its independence on June 26, 2015, in order to protect its national territory and resources from the massive exploitation by Canadian government's and all corporations such as mining ,logging and fish and game commissions (sepaq). The Anishnabe Nation peoples ,known as the stewards of the land, are claiming their rightful sovereignty, independence and title to protect Mother Earth from all the harm that has been inflicted to the Ecosystem and all beings, therefore directly threatening the distinct culture of the Anishinabe Nation throughout the years by disrespectful governments and corporations.
The world is facing one of its most dramatic crises. Man-made environmental disasters such as climate
change, pollution, loss of biodiversity, deforestation, natural resource depletion, over fishing, among
many others, have destroyed and continue to destroy our planet and all its living creatures on a daily
basis. The tipping point has already passed and one foreshadows a darker and painful future for all
According to the teachings of the Seven Prophets (Seven Fires), there will be a time when the light
skinned race will be given a choice between two roads. If they choose the right road, then the Seventh
Fire will light up the Eighth and final Fire - an eternal fire of peace, love, brotherhood and sisterhood. If the light skinned race makes the wrong choice, then the destruction brought by them to this country
will return and cause enormous suffering and death to all the people.
Thus, the Anishnabe Nation is launching a call-to-action aimed at gathering supporters, donors and
walkers for the Walk to Ottawa Towards the Path of the 8th Fire – Tibenindizowin. The walkers will be carrying a traditional birch bark canoe representing the Anishnabe traditions and culture. The walk is between June 14 and June 26, 2015. The walk will start from La Verendrye Wildlife Reserve, an old park that once provide a sanctuary for the flora and fauna . which is approximately the heartland of the Anishnabe . heading up towards Victoria Island in Ottawa to celebrate the Independence Day. A Peace Flame, symbol of unity, independence and freedom, will be lit up and carried through the 275km walk.
We invite other walkers to join us to walk and carry flames from your community to converge on Ottawa on June 26, where we will merge all the fires into a single flame to begin a new era of peace, love, understanding and respect for each other and for Mother Earth.
If you are interested in joining Anishnabe Nation Independence Day or the walk, please contact the Traditional Anishnabe Government, Provisional Governing Council
Shannon Chief, Shannon.Chief@anorw.org
Nathalie Mathias, Natalie.Mathias@anorw.org
- Shore Charnoe